BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ANDREW HUGINE, JR.
Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. is a native of Green Pond, South Carolina, a small rural community in the low country of South Carolina. He is the son of an AME Minister, Rev. Andrew Hugine, Sr. and an elementary school teacher, Irene S. Hugine.
Following his graduation from Colleton High School as an honor student, he enrolled in South Carolina State University where earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics followed by the Master of Education degree in mathematics education. The doctorate in Higher Education/Institutional Research was earned from Michigan State University. He has presented at numerous professional meetings is the author of three mathematics textbooks.
His lengthy and productive career began as an instructor at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, South Carolina. His professional positions include Graduate Teaching Assistant and Assistant Professor of Institutional Research at Michigan State University. At South Carolina State University, positions held included: Director of Special Services; Director of University Year for Action Program—a service-learning 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.
From 2003-08, Dr. Hugine culminated his 30-year affiliation with South Carolina State University as her President. In July of 2009 Hugine became the 11th President of Alabama A&M University. Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. was appointed as the 11th President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University on July 16, 2009. Immediately upon his appointment, Hugine addressed the University’s probationary status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools resulting in the removal of the university from SACS’ sanction in December 2009; developed a financial plan to address the university’s budgetary issues; reorganized the five academic schools into four colleges: 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; instituted the Normal Legacy Society to recognize life-time contributions of $100,000 or more to the university; successfully raising the $1,000,000 amount required for the state matching of $1,000,000 under the Councill Challenge; initiated the 1875 Normalite Campaign; the Adopt-a-Band Drive to replace Band uniforms; established the “Service is Sovereignty” Society to formally recognize employees who have provided 30 or more years of service to the University; 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.
The Hugine administration has focused on enhancing the aesthetics of the campus. Through the efforts of the Bulldog Pride Committee--consisting of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community--chaired by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, and a partnership with Aramark, visible improvements in the aesthetics of the campus have been noted. Two state-of-the-art electronic marquees have been installed and over $10 million have been spent in upgrading, renovating, and addressing health and safety issues in campus facilities, particularly student residence halls.
Hugine holds membership in a number of civic and professional organizations. He maintains membership in his home church of White Hall African Methodist Episcopal Church in Green Pond, South Carolina and is an active affiliate member of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Other memberships include the Huntsville Rotary; Huntsville /Madison Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; Xi Omicron Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Life Member of South Carolina State University National Alumni Association; Edisto Lodge #39 Free and Accepted Masons; 100 Black Men of America, Huntsville Chapter; Epsilon Kappa Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Life member of the NAACP; Alabama Council of Presidents; and the Alabama School for Science and Mathematics Board of Directors.
He has been recognized for his contributions by several organizations. At South Carolina State University, the 781 bed residence hall, The Andrew Hugine, Jr. Living/ Learning Complex is named in his honor. Other honors include being named Father of the Year by the Orangeburg Chapter of Jack and Jill; Mason of the Year by Edisto Lodge # 39; Lay Person of the Year by the South Carolina Annual Conference Lay Organization; included in the 2012 Stellar Alumni Calendar of South Carolina State University; featured on the cover of the 2005 Winter edition of the Oracle and on the 2006 cover of the Oracle with Grand Basileus George Grace; named Citizen of the Year by Epsilon Omega Chapter; Advisor of the Year by the Sixth District; Omega Man of the Year by Epsilon Omega, and Honorary Chair of the Salute to Education during the Centennial Celebration of Omega Psi Phi.
Dr. Hugine and his wife Abbiegail have an adult son, Andrew Hugine, III; a daughter, Akilah Hugine-Elmore; a son-in-law, Quincy Elmore; and a grandson, Amir.