The Presidential Award

The Presidential Award was conceived to provide an opportunity for the President of Atlanta Technical College to convey a selective individual honor upon a person in the community who has shown a long standing commitment to education, particularly post-secondary technical education by bringing attention to the field through their profession or good works. Typically, the individual has risen above all others in contributing boundless energy for this cause. The first recipient of this award was Dr. Kenneth Hudson, the father of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Hudson was instrumental in establishing the board and advocating in the community on behalf of the college. Unlike the Bridge Builder Award, the Presidential Award is not an annual award and is given at the discretion of the Atlanta Technical College President and the Atlanta Technical College Foundation Board of Directors.

2002 Presidential Award Recipient


Hudson is an American success story. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he graduated from Central State University in Ohio and went on to become the first fulltime minority referee in the National Basketball Association.

A distinguished leader in the arenas of athletics, marketing, and education, Hudson is known as the “father” of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation Board. His career with Coca-Cola spanned twenty-two years. He has also managed a radio station and directed community affairs for the Boston Celtics.

A recipient of countless awards, Hudson has been honored in several sports hall of fames. In 2005 he received a doctorate of human letters from Cambridge College in recognition of his achievements.

2003 Presidential Award Recipients


Ray M. Robinson, a native of Dallas, Texas, is president of Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, home of THE TOUR Championship, and chairman of the East Lake Community Foundation. The Foundation is responsible for the $120 million redevelopment of the East Lake neighborhood, which transformed on of the nation’s most troubled public housing projects into an award-winning model of a thriving mixed-income community.

Robinson is in charge of the strategic direction of the East Lake Golf Club and the East Lake Community Foundation to ensure the continued success of the community’s redevelopment and to inspire other communities to revitalize their inner city neighborhoods. Net proceeds from the operations of the East Lake Golf Club as well as THE TOUR Championship – the grand finale of the PGA Tour year – are funneled back into the East Lake community programs aimed at helping low-income families succeed.

Before joining East Lake, Robinson’s 35-year career with AT&T included positions in a variety of divisions including finance, marketing, sales, operations, corporate and regulatory affairs, maintenance and engineering. He joined AT&T in 1968 as a communication technician installing longs distance circuits. By the time he retired in 2003, Robinson had held such positions as president of AT&T’s Southern Region, the largest of AT&T’s five regions representing about $5 billion in revenue and 42,000 AT&T employees; president and CEO of AT&T Tridom, and AT&T subsidiary; vice president of operations for AT&T Business Customer Care; service vice president of AT&T Outbound Services; vice president of access for the Southern/Southwestern Regions; and vice president of AT&T Public Relations.

He is a trustee of Spelman College, Meharry Medical College and the University of Denver Alumni Association. He also is a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the National Black MBA Association.

Robinson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Denver.

Robinson is married and has two adult children and one granddaughter.


Arlane Robinson is one of five children, born, in Dallas, Texas to the parents of Robert and Mildred Ross. She was educated in the Texas School system, attending Hamilton Park Elementary and High School in Dallas and The University of Houston in Houston. Moved from Dallas in 1969 to Denver, Colorado and from there began a transient life moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Morristown, Bedminster and Bridgewater, New Jersey and finally, Atlanta, Georgia.

She is married to Ray M. Robinson, former executive with AT&T and mother of two children, Christy and Shane.

Family and company move transitions have been Arlane’s primary responsibility as a housewife and mother. She maintained a connection with the workforce through employment with companies such as Delta Airlines, The CIT Group and AT&T as she moved about the country. She also seized enrichment opportunities through continuing education by acquiring computer skills training at Albuquerque Vocational and Technical Institute and Human Communications training at Kennesaw State University. She is a co-owner of the family business, OCR Trucking, where she carries out the day to day bookkeeping responsibilities.

She has served on various boards and worked with agencies such as Reaching Out to Senior Adults (ROSA), Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA), Cool Girls, Inc., and Atlanta Technical College.

She has also served on various community and civic organizations wherever she has lived such as leader of her daughter’s Blue Bird and Girl Scout groups as well as Den Mother for her son’s Cub Scout group. She has served on her neighborhood board of directors and worked diligently in her children’s school PTA’s to institute more minority awareness and involvement.

She has maintained an active role in the churches she’s attended across the country as youth leader and coordinator and head of various ministry boards. She is presently a member of Central United Methodist, of Atlanta, Georgia.

2006 Presidential Award Recipient


Monica (Kaufman) Pearson anchors Channel 2 Action News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m Monday through Friday. She joined WSB-TV in August 1975. She graduated from the University of Louisville and was a reporter with The Louisville Times for four years.

She worked in public relations for Brown-Forman Distillers before joining WHAS-TV in Louisville as a reporter and anchor for two years. Monica is a member of various professional organizations, which include The Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, The National Association of Black Journalists, The Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and The Atlanta Junior League. Monica has received numerous awards, including 23 local and Southern Regional Emmy Awards for Talent, Reporting and "Monica Kaufman Closeups."

In 1992, the Women's Sports Foundation and Miller Lite presented her with the Women's Sports Journalism Award for Local Television Reporting for her investigative report on the Georgia High School Association, which in its 87 years had never had a woman on its executive committee and did not have a statewide competition for girl's soccer and cheerleading.

Monica was awarded First Place recognition for Excellence in Journalism/Documentary by the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for "Hot Flash! The Truth About Menopause" on March 18, 1995. The documentary also won two National American Women in Radio and Television Commendation awards in competition with network programs.

Monica has one child and is married to John E. Pearson, Sr.

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