Gamma Epsilon Tau Fraternity To Honor Cunningham, Jackson

Gamma Chapter of Gamma Epsilon Tau, the national graphic arts honor society, will present its 2010 Gold Key Awards to Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D., and Florence Jackson.

Cunningham is a well-known print entrepreneur who went on to forge an equally successful second career in higher education for graphic communications. For many years, Jackson has been the managerial mainstay of New York City programs for career and technical education including the Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission.

Both will be honored on May 27 at Club 101, 101 Park Ave., New York City, for exceptional contributions to the advancement of the industry, particularly in education and professional development.

Until he announced his retirement on March 1, Cunningham was the chairman of Diversified Global Graphics Group (DG3, Jersey City, N.J.), an international provider of printing, document management, e-business, and near-site outsourcing solutions. He also is the founder and CEO of DG3’s predecessor company, Cunningham Graphics International.

Cunningham holds master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University, where he is a trustee and an adjunct associate professor in the M.A. in Graphic Communications Management and Technology program (School of Continuing and Professional Studies). Cunningham was a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the College of Business Administration, San Diego State University, and a Research Professor from Industry for the Graphic Communications Department of California Polytechnic University. He serves on advisory boards at NYU, Cal Poly, San Diego State, and Kean University.

Florence Jackson is senior director for Career and Technical Education in the New York City Department of Education and Executive Secretary to the department’s Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education. In these roles, she brings together members of industry, labor, and post-secondary education to advise the school system on the development of career and technical education programs in New York City public schools. One such program is the Graphic Arts Industry Advisory Commission, a group consisting of print industry members who, with Jackson’s guidance, assist public schools that have graphic communications curricula.

Gamma Epsilon Tau is a national, coeducational, collegiate printing fraternity in which students of printing and publishing can meet and interact in a professional and social atmosphere.

For more information, contact NYCCT’s Frank Adae at (718) 260-5833 or by e-mail at