ACU Honors Alumnus William Turner of Kentucky

for immediate release April 21, 1998

Dr. William L. Turner, associate professor of family studies at the University of Kentucky, will receive a 1997-98 Abilene Christian University Distinguished Alumni Citation Sunday, April 26.

The 3:15 p.m. presentation will be during a reception honoring Turner from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Hunt Morgan Room of the Hilary J. Boone Faculty Center, University of Kentucky, 510 Rose St., Lexington, Ky.

The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes distinctive personal and professional achievement of ACU alumni who have merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues. Only four individuals among ACU's 75,000 alumni will receive the honor this year, one representing each college and one chosen at large. Turner was chosen for the College of Biblical Studies.

Turner, who earned his Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from ACU in 1987, specializes in the study of healthy African-American families.

A prolific researcher and publisher, Turner also teaches courses; supervises student research and clinical practice; and leads the graduate program in family therapy. He is a research fellow for several organizations, focusing on substance abuse prevention and intervention, family strengths and resiliency, and adolescent self-esteem.

In 1990, Turner received his Family and Child Development doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Since then, he has actively participated in funded projects for the National Institute on Drug Abuse; the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the Society for Prevention Research; Michigan State University Institute for Children, Youth, and Families; the University of Kentucky Office of Sponsored Projects; and the University of Kentucky College of Human Environmental Sciences.

Turner has presented research and theory proposals nationally and internationally, and has been cited in popular media such as "48 Hours", USA Today, National Medical Association News and Black Issues in Higher Education.

Turner was a recipient of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Scholars Fellowship Award in 1986.

He is married and has one daughter.

About 150 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, ACU is affiliated with the churches of Christ and has an enrollment of more than 4,500 students.

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