Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., is the 11th President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. Prior to his appointment at Alabama A&M University, he served his alma mater, South Carolina State University, as President. Other higher education positions held during his lengthy and productive career spanning more than three decades include Director of Special Services Program; Director of University Year for Action Program; Research Fellow; Assistant and Director of Institutional Self-Study; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Mathematics; and Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He also served as an instructor of mathematics at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, South Carolina; Graduate Teaching Assistant; and Assistant Professor of Institutional Research at Michigan State University.
He earned the B.S. degree in mathematics and the M.Ed. degree in mathematics education from South Carolina State University. The Ph.D. in Higher Education/Institutional Research was earned from Michigan State University. Hugine is the author of three mathematics textbooks and numerous articles and presentations on higher education evaluation and assessment. He has been the recipient of a number of grants aimed at increasing the participation of minorities in the STEM disciplines and increasing students’ performance in the STEM disciplines.
He is an adept higher education administrator and has been successful in transforming higher educational institutions. Immediately upon his appointment as the 11th President of Alabama A&M University, Hugine addressed the University’s probationary status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, resulting in the removal of the University from SACSCOC’s sanction in December 2009. Moreover, he developed a financial plan to address the university’s budgetary issues; reorganized the five academic schools into four colleges (i.e., College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; College of Business and Public Affairs; College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; and the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences); established the division and position of Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management/Director of Admissions; expanded institutional advancement to provide increased emphasis on marketing and communication; increased funds from external sources by 146%; and hosted the 2010 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a National Poultry Conference, jointly sponsored by two United States Cabinet members: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
In addition, there have been a number of high-level partnerships. They include signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in partnership with Auburn University; signing a mentor-protégé agreement with NASA/Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne, which was only the third such agreement with a historically black college or university; and signing an MOU with Nanjing Forestry University in China and Universidade Federal De Roraima in Brazil.
During his tenure at South Carolina State University, notable among his achievements was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with BWXTY-12 of Oakridge Lab. This resulted in the assignment of a high level research executive on loan for three years. Relative to capital improvements, he secured $33 million for the completion of the science building addition and the construction of a new engineering and computer science building. He also secured a $42 million loan for the construction of a 755-bed apartment style housing complex for students. At the time, the loan was the largest non-student aid funding ever provided by the U.S. Department of Education to any institution.
He has been recognized for his contributions by several organizations. At South Carolina State University, the 755-bed residence hall, The Andrew Hugine, Jr. Living/Learning Complex, is named in his honor, and he is included in the 2012 Stellar Alumni Calendar of the University. Other recognitions include serving as Honorary Chair of the Salute to Education during the Centennial Celebration of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; being honored by the Southern Company and Essence magazine with the Educator Advocate Award at the Evening of Elegance held in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Leadership Conference; and his inclusion in the Noteworthynews section of the September 2013 edition of the national publication Diverse Issues regarding the improved fiscal health of Alabama A&M University under his leadership.
Dr. Hugine and his wife Abbiegail of more than 40 years have an adult son, Andrew Hugine III and daughter-in-law Karen; a daughter, Akilah Hugine-Elmore and a son-in-law, Quincy Elmore; and a grandson, Amir.
(Revision - 9/23/2014)