University of Pittsburgh
February 19, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 18 -- Herbert P. Douglas, Jr., president-emeritus of the International Amateur Athletic Association, Inc., was elected today to a four-year term on the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees. He is the founder of the Jesse Owens International Trophy Award and the Jesse Owens Global Award.

Douglas is a Pitt alumnus who earned both a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in education at the University. He came to Pitt on a football scholarship in 1945, and excelled at track and field while at the University. He held Pitt's long jump record for 23 years, and won a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1948 London Olympic Games.

In 1963, Douglas joined Schieffelin & Company (now Schieffelin & Somerset) where he became only the third African-American to reach the level of vice president of a major North American corporation.

He has received numerous honors, including the NAACP Corporate Award, the Urban League Corporate Award, and the Bicentennial Medallion and Varsity Letterman of Distinction awards from the University of Pittsburgh.