TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dhyana Ziegler, professor of Journalism at Florida A&M University (FAMU), was knighted as a Dame of Justice by the Chivalric Order of the Faithful Knights of Justice (formerly The Faithful Knights of the Roundtable) during the World Reunion and Festive Knights Ceremony of Investiture at Cambridge University in England.
According to the Chivalric Order of the Knights of Justice, originally founded in the 10th Century, Ziegler’s status as a Dame of Justice entitles her to enjoy all rights, honors, privileges, emoluments, private as a well as public, and pre-eminences pertaining to her Letters Patent. The Letters Patent requires her to hold true forever her obligation of honor toward the Order.
“The Knighting of Ziegler is representative of her career as a respected scholar and member of the faculty,” said James Hawkins, dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. “I congratulate and applaud her for this monumental achievement.”
In April 2007, Ziegler was awarded a bronze medal for meritorious service by the Chivalric Order of the Knights of Justice at Warwick Castle for her outstanding contributions to education.
Ziegler joined the FAMU faculty in 1997 as the Garth Reeves Eminent Scholar in the SJGC. She later held several administrative positions at FAMU including assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and Instructional Technology, acting vice president for Research, and acting director for the Office of International Education and Development.
As a three-time Governor’s Appointee to the Board of Trustees for the Florida Virtual School, Ziegler serves on several boards including the Boards of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, and the Center for Education, Productivity and Accountability for Florida Tax Watch.
Throughout her academic career, she has received numerous honors and awards. Lady Dhyana Ziegler has also been appointed to a five-year term on the Academic Board for the London College for Higher Education. The London College is an international university. The London College Academic Board includes scholars from around the world. Lady Dhyana Ziegler serves as the only female representative on the board.
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