Company: Family Reunion Institute at Temple University
Location: Audubon, Pennsylvania, United States
Ione Dugger Vargus, Ph.D., Founder of the Family Reunion Institute at Temple University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.
Dr. Vargus is a renowned figure in the field of education who amassed 34 years of professional experience prior to her retirement in 1995. Since 1990, she has continued to serve as the founder of the Family Reunion Institute, an organization located within Temple University that serves as a resource to families having reunions with an annual symposium named the African American Family Reunion Conference. In addition, Dr. Vargus spent the majority of her career as an academic dean and professor at Temple University, acting as a vice provost and fellow prior to her retirement. She commenced her career as a family worker at Boston Housing Authority, a project director at Camp Fire Girls, and an assistant professor at Brandeis University.
To prepare for her illustrious career, Dr. Vargus pursued an education at Tufts University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1952. She subsequently received a Master of Arts in social service administration from the University of Chicago in 1954, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in social policy and administration from Brandeis University in 1971. A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals, she was the author of “Revival of Ideology: The Afro-American Society Movement,” published in 1977.
Dr. Vargus was the first African American dean and female academic dean at Temple University, which held a reception in her honor to acknowledge her accomplishments. She maintains membership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In recognition of her exceptional contributions to education, she was the recipient of the History Makers Education Award in 2006 and was named One of 498 Hardworking Women in Pennsylvania in 1978. Notably, she has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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