This Grad's on a Mission from God
From: University Currents
Date: June 9, 2000
Story by: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photo by: Lisa Ventre
Archive: Campus News
The accolades for Mike Posey not only center on his work at the University of Cincinnati, but also on his life's work of serving God. Posey will receive the Most Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from the College of Education's educational foundations program at the college's commencement ceremony June 10. He was able to accomplish his outstanding achievements despite a painful battle with cancer.
Posey earned his doctorate in educational foundations this spring. His dissertation focused on the success stories of four impoverished African American women, all single mothers who made a successful transition from welfare to work. "I selected those who had been on welfare a minimum of seven years, because they represent the highest risk," says Posey. "One of the women had been in the welfare system 20 years."
Posey says his research found that a mentor relationship of at least five years, continuing education and spiritual guidance were key to helping the women achieve success. "The current welfare-to-work legislation provides only one year of training, and the majority of women on welfare have had less than 12 years or less of urban miseducation. One year of training is a program for failure."
One of the women studied in the program became a teacher, another is a doctoral student, one is a secretary of a state agency, and the last works as an account representative.
Posey himself was educated in the urban school system. He grew up in the West End and attended Hays Elementary and Taft High School.
In addition to the mentoring program, Posey also set up a scholarship fund at Mount St. Joseph College, where he previously earned a bachelor's degree from the business college. He has master's degrees in both theology and business administration from Xavier University.
Posey also is getting international recognition for his dedication to helping those in need. He is pastor of the St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Covington, Kentucky, and was recently selected from 500 pastors as the most outstanding minister in the Mid-Atlantic region of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
Posey and his wife Monica, who earned her UC doctorate in education last year, hope to develop a charter school for urban children. He says his doctorate provides him the expertise to make it happen. "I also had the best doctoral committee that any student could have had, led by the chair, Professor Marvin Berlowitz; Professor Judy Frankel; Assistant Professor Annette Hemmings and Professor Cheryll Dunn.
"During my cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy over the past year, they encouraged and supported me during the worst year of my life. My committee demonstrated the highest level of humanity."