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AAMU Salutes Women's History Month 2017

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Miranda Bouldin-Frost

Listed among Fortune’s Top 10 “Most Promising  Women in Business,"  Bouldin-FrostWHM.jpg
Miranda Bouldin-Frost, founder, president and CEO of Huntsville-based LogiCore, heads an organization that provides systems engineering and technical assistance services to several U.S. Department of Defense agencies. The company has 150 employees in four states and specializes in five industrial sectors of the U.S. Army: aviation, missiles, communications, electronics and radars.


Shirley Brown

Shirley Brown brings to DP Associates several years of experience as a BrownShirley.jpg
senior level manager in government contracting with exceptional insight on project management, organizational development, operating efficiency and strategic planning. An Alabama native, Brown earned her undergraduate degree from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill.   She also holds a Juris Doctor from Birmingham School of Law.  In her spare time, Shirley enjoys affiliation with a number of charity and civic groups.


GilchristVirginia.jpgVirginia P. Gilchrist

Virginia P. Gilchrist is founder and president of Systems Development Corporation (SDC), a certified woman-owned, small disadvantaged business that continues to utilize commitment and best practices of industry to address customers’ needs.  SDC has operations in five states.


Dr. Keisha Gilmore-McDaniel

Dr. Keisha Gilmore-McDaniel is an Interactive Marketing Manager with

pharmaceutical leader Abbott Laboratories.  Prior to joining Abbott, Dr. Gilmore-McDaniel, Keisha.jpg
Gilmore-McDaniel worked for media outlets such as AOL, ABC News, Extra! TV.   After earning her B.A. in Telecommunications and English from AAMU in 1992, she completed studies at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Poynter Institute of Media Studies, Florida Metropolitan University and Walden University. Dr. Gilmore-McDaniel completed PhD residencies at Georgetown University, Universidad de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) and the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom).



Ginger Harper

HarperGingerWHM.jpgAn integral member of AAMU’s Board of Trustees, Ginger Harper serves as Senior Vice President, Private Banking & Retail Market Manager for IBERIABANK in Huntsville, Ala. In her role, she is responsible for lending, investment strategies, trust and financial planning for the Huntsville market. With over 16 years of experience, Harper focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.


Melody Holt

HoltMelody.jpgBrundidge, Ala., native Melody Holt is an ex-English teacher turned entrepreneur.  As CEO of residential and commercial building firm Holt & Holt, she has taken the company from a local operation to one now providing services throughout the southeast. The network now includes over 10 contractors and 7 staff members. Holt and her husband Martell have worked faithfully and continuously to ensure that the company is delivering both quality and quantity to its clients. She graduated from Alabama A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education.



Dr. Dorothy W. Huston

A native of Monroeville, Ala., Dr. Dorothy Williams Huston is founder and CEO of Technology Management Training Group, Inc. (TMT Group). She has been Huston-CSA.jpg
a leader in the Huntsville community over the last two decades. After graduating from AAMU, she earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Ohio State University. She has been a professor and administrator at AAMU, where she excelled in every assignment. She has made an impact as a board member of the Huntsville Utilities Natural Gas and Waterworks and Redstone Federal Credit Union; as founder and president of the Rosetta James Foundation, a highly respected organization in Huntsville and Madison County that recognizes senior community leaders for their many years of leadership and contributions to their respective communities; and as founder and editor-in-chief of The Valley Weekly newspaper. 


Lisa Jones

Lisa S. Jones is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EyeMail Jones is responsible for integrating audio and video technology, to bring traditional email communications to life. Under her leadership, she directs JonesLisa.jpg
and oversees the strategic roadmap and development of the corporation, to include management of the international expansion and distributorship of the EyeMail brand worldwide. Recent additions to the brand include to EyeMail Canada and EyeMail Brazil and next release will be EyeMail Africa. She has received several awards and honors recognizing her many accomplishments. She is an Emerging Business Honoree for Women in Technology. She is the winner of Season 1 of the CBS Show, The Next Tycoon. Jones was selected into Microsoft Corporation Mentor Protégé Program and also recognized as the 1st African-American Woman Owned Technology Company to participate in Microsoft’s Incubation Program.  She is a proud native of Montgomery, Ala.  Jones received both her Bachelor of Science Degree and M.B.A from Alabama A&M University.


Pastenna Nunn

Filled with the zeal and enthusiasm to own and operate a small business, in Nunn.jpg
2003 Nunn started Superior Solutions Incorporated (SSI), where she serves as President/CEO. At SSI, she oversees the development, direction and administration of program and services provided by the company.  She strives for perfection in everything that she undertakes and is a firm believer in setting goals in life and working to achieve them.  She earned the Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and graduated cum laude in 1987.  She received the MBA in 1994, specializing in Marketing.


Stacey D. Stewart

StewartStacey.jpgA former AAMU honorary doctorate recipient, Stacey D. Stewart serves as the first African American female president of the March of Dimes. She formerly served as U.S. president of United Way Worldwide and was senior officer at the Office of Community and Charitable Giving at Fannie Mae.  The accomplished leader holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University. 



Sharon Tibbs

TibbsSharon.jpgAn AAMU marketing graduate, Sharon Tibbs has provided invaluable assistants to many local families as forward-thinking agent with Alfa Insurance, where she has developed a reputation for thoroughly understanding the residents of the Huntsville area and providing them with the superior service.  She is a member of the board for Partnership for a Drug-Free Community.


Velma Tribue

TribueVelma.jpgAAMU Trustee Velma Tribue heads the Velma J. Tribue State Farm Insurance Agency.  A graduate of both Alabama State University and The Ohio State University, Tribue also serves on several boards, including the Dothan (Ala.) Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, the Wiregrass United Way Board of Directors, and the Southeast Alabama Medical Center’s Women’s Advisory Council.





Amara Alexander

Film has the Oscar, music has the Grammy, science has the Nobel, and sports has its gold medals, but what bout the true unsung heroes on the frontlines of shaping our future?  Where is the recognition for our nation's educators?  For educators, the Milken Award honors top educators around the country.  Amara Alexander, an elementary education alumna and Horizon Elementary School teacher, is the recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award, one of the teaching profession’s highest national honors.  Alexander was presented the Award, which provides the recipient a $25,000 cash award, for her commitment to her students, colleagues and the community.  AlexanderAmara.jpg
     Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.


Dr. Tammy Alexander

    Dr. Tammy Alexander is an AAMU education professor, mother of Amara (above), who was among the recipients of the 1998 class of Milken Educators, when she was a fourth grade teacher at Lynn Fanning Elementary School in Meridianville, Ala.  She was the first teacher at the school to implement the Accelerated Reading Program. 



Dorothy Brownlee Ashe

Ashe, Dorothy.jpgDesignated a master teacher by Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Dorothy Brownlee Ashe has taught and coordinated health and physical education programs for Tuscaloosa City Schools, the Atlanta Public School System and Tuskegee University. 



Nell Lane Bradford

Bradford, Nell.jpgNell Lane Bradford is noted for her phenomenal contributions to choral music and music education at Alabama A&M University.  She served the institution for more than 40 years, forming a “dynamic duo” with her husband and colleague, the legendary Rev. Dr. Henry Bradford, Jr.



Dr. Mary Sanford Brown

Dr. Mary Sanford Brown’s more than 40-year affiliation with Alabama A&M
BrownMary3.jpgUniversity was highlighted by her service as chair of the Department of History and Political Science and as founder of the AAMU Honors Program.
  The 1960 AAMU honors graduate earned her doctorate degree from American University. 
Her professional affiliations include the NEA, AEA, African American Museums Association, and she was selected for the World Who's Who of Women.



Regina Burden

BurdenRegina.jpgA former AAMU staffer and 2001 alumna, Regina Jamar Burden currently serves as vice president for student affairs at historic Tuskegee University.      Burden previously served as an assistant vice president for student affairs at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn., prior to assuming the post at Tuskegee, and she was affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents.



Dr. Virginia Caples

An Alcorn State University graduate, Dr. Virginia Caples is a fellow in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the recipient of the caples.jpg
Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), and included in the prestigious listing of "Women Who Shape the State" by  Dr. Caples twice served as AAMU’s interim president and guided the University through several accreditation cycles.  A long-time educator, she served as 1890 administrator until her retirement in 2016. In recognition of her service and contribution, AAMU named the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute in her honor.



Mary McCray Chambers

Chambers, Mary (2).jpgIn addition to Mary McCray Chambers' legendary role as an alumni historian, preserver of rare and precious Normalite documents, and long-time director of the former Madison-Jackson Child Development Center at AAMU, she once headed the much-acclaimed Women's Job Corps Training Center in Cleveland, Ohio. 


Dr. Lydia Davenport

Davenport, Lydia.jpgA native of Dothan, Alabama, Dr. Lydia Davenport, was selected as Alabama’s “2010 Principal of the Year.”  She has served as Principal of Heritage Elementary School in Madison, Ala., for twelve years.  She currently serves on the faculty of AAMU’s College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.



Dr. Glenda Gill

Gill, Glenda.jpgDr. Glenda Gill, professor emerita at Michigan Tech, has written extensively about the history of African Americans in theatre.  Former head of Tuskegee University’s Department of English, Gill’s awards and accolades include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Dr. Ethel H. Hall

The Late Dr. Ethel H. Hall was widely known as a foremost community HallEthelWHM.jpg
activist who championed the cause of public education.  Dr. Hall became the first African-American female to serve as Vice President of the Alabama State Board of Education.  She was later honored by ASBE as Vice President Emerita.  Hall served on the boards of several organizations, including the Alabama Department of Archives and History Foundation, Birmingham Civil RIghts Institute, and the National Conference of Community and Justice.



Dr. Marvalene Hughes

Hughes, Marvalene.jpgDr. Marvalene Hughes spent her freshman year at AAMU.  During her years as President of Dillard University, Dr. Hughes was credited for the effective manner in which she valiantly brought her New Orleans school through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Alabamian formerly served as the President of California State University-Stanislaus.



Dr. Jeanette Jones

Dr. Jeanette Jones, a professor, botanist, microbiologist and researcher at AAMU is included in "The History Makers for Science," the nation's largest African American video oral history collection compiled through a grant from JonesJeanette.JPG
NSF.  Dr. Jones received an undergraduate degree in biology from Fort Valley State University (Ga.) and earned the Ph.D. degree in medical mycology from The Ohio State University.  She was recognized by the Ohio State University as a Distinguished Alumna for Science.  Jones pursued further study at the University of Nevada, the University of California Medical School (San Francisco), the National Centers for Disease Control-Atlanta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge).  She also has been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board by the Secretary of the Army since 1994.  Dr. Jones has served as president of the Alabama A&M University Faculty Senate, the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Ivy Center Foundation, as well as coordinator of the Faculty Mentoring Program at AAMU.



Ella Byrd McCain

Ella Byrd McCain served more than 40 years with the Jefferson County McCain, Ella B_.jpg
School System, mainly as a teacher of library science.  Because of public school segregation, she was “the” accrediting agent for all African-American schools.  She resisted efforts that sought to transfer the most experienced  teachers away from black schools.  “Have a positive dream and desire to do well, and then follow it through.”  Mrs. McCain is a member of the pinnacle giving society at AAMU, the Normal Legacy Society.  A generous financial supporter of AAMU, the counseling center is named in her honor and in the honor of her late husband, John.



Dr. Hattie M. Myles

Dr. Hattie M. Myles, an AAMU trustee, serves the University of South Alabama, MylesHattie.jpg
College of Medicine’s Student Affairs Office, as Assistant Dean for Education Enrichment. Having earned her B.A. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Foreign Language, her M.A. in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, and the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, MS., Dr. Myles’ professional career has spanned multiple positions and institutions.



Harriet Josephine Terry

Terry, Harriet.jpgHarriet Josephine Terry was one of the founders of the noted Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.   She taught English at Alabama A&M University for 37 years, retiring in 1959 after inspiring hundreds of teachers.  Terry Hall, a women’s residence hall on the AAMU campus, was named in her honor.



Felicia Wilson

WilsonFeliciaWHM.jpgThe Hill is known as one of the best places for tasty and wholesome meals for a variety of occasions.  Felicia Wilson has helped carry on that honored tradition throughout her more than 48-year affiliation, culminating in her current post as food service director, with ARAMARK Higher Ed.  Under her leadership, AAMU's food service operation runs the gamut from picnic food for outdoor activities to luncheons for international dignitaries.  In 2015, she was the recipient of ARAMARK's "Bringing Our Brand to Life" Service Award.  Wilson has received countless honors and awards from churches, organizations and individuals.



Crystal Wright

Wright, Crystal.jpgCrystal Wright achieved the distinction of District Counselor for  the Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.  A school counselor in the Huntsville City School System,  she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from AAMU.



Geneva S. Wright

WrightGenevaWHM.jpgA member of AAMU’s distinguished Normal Legacy Society, Geneva S. Wright dedicated her life to educating children, disbursing nearly 40 years of teaching experience from Sumter County to Marshall County, and from Madison County to Huntsville City School System, where she granted the longest tenure in her career to Lincoln Elementary.





Atty. Henrika Buchanan-Smith

Buchanan-Smith, Henrika.jpgA native of tiny Hillsboro, Alabama, Attorney Henrika Buchanan-Smith emerged as Director of the Office of Transit Programs for the Federal Transit Administration, where she has been responsible for the program implementation of $8.4 billion in economic recovery administered by the FTA.   After AAMU, she earned her law degree from Georgetown University.



Atty. Rochelle Conley

Rochelle A. Conley is an Attorney & Counselor at Law in the ConleyRochelle.jpg
Huntsville/Madison County area.  The native Huntsvillian received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006 and graduated cum laude from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and secondary education in 2000.  She is a member of the Alabama Lawyers Association and the Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association.



Atty. Angela Redmond-Debro

Redmond-Debro, Angela.jpgAttorney Angela Redmond Debro joined the AAMU family as General Counsel after completing eight years with the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama.  She previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Madison County and Jefferson County District Attorney’s offices.  Attorney Debro brings to the position a broad knowledge of applicable federal laws.  She has particular expertise in the area of white-collar crime cases.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law in 1994 and graduated magna cum laude from Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science in 1991. 



Hon. M. Lynn Sherrod 

SherrodMLynn.jpgA graduate of Fisk University and former AAMU trustee, Judge M. Lynn Sherrod (retired) served as a Madison County District Judge and was the first person of African descent to win an at-large election in Madison County. Judge Sherrod developed and presided over the Madison County Drug Courts. Prior to serving as a district judge, she was appointed Municipal Court Judge by the Huntsville City Council in 1997, becoming the Presiding Judge of that court in 1998. 



Atty. Whiquitta Tobar

Attorney Whiquitta Tobar joined the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, Pa., in September 2015 as the fourteenth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in TobarWhiquitta.jpg
Children’s Law. As a Fellow, Tobar supports all aspects of the Juvenile Law Center’s work in the child welfare and juvenile justice arena. Tobar was born and reared in Blythville, Ark., as the youngest of four in a single-parent household in the Arkansas Delta.  Tobar graduated magna cum laude from Alabama A&M University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in philosophy.  She went on to graduate from Georgetown University School of Law in May 2015. 



Atty. Miriam Witherspoon

WitherspoonMiriam.jpgBorn and raised in Mobile, Ala., Atty. Miriam Witherspoon earned a degree in political science and history from AAMU and then earned a law degree from the Miles School of Law, where she graduated as salutatorian. From 1989-1990, she was named Miss Wheelchair Alabama. She was injured in a car accident during her junior year in law school, but went on to secure a seat on the Birmingham City Council, serving until her untimely death in 2009.





Dr. Sanyvette Williams Foy

FoySanyvetteWilliams.jpgDr. Sanyvette Williams Foy is a veterinarian in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, where she and her husband Harrison have ably operated NMotion Home Veterinary Care, an innovative company providing veterinary care for a population seeking concierge veterinary service. She has remained active in the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.



Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a former Miss Alabama A&M University and an assistant professor in its department of physiology at the Morehouse School GreenHadiyahNicole.jpg
of Medicine.  In addition to her faculty role, Green continues her work on patent-pending technologies, including a 3-in-1 system for early cancer detection, targeting a selective treatment of malignant tumors, and a nanoparticle-enabled 10-minute laser treatment that induces 100 percent tumor regression. Dr. Green was awarded a $1.1 million HBCU-Research Scientist Training Program Career Development Award from the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service of the Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development.


Dr. Maya Green

Chicago’s Dr. Maya Green, MD, MPH won a Minority Clinical Fellowship to Green, Maya.jpg
help minorities with HIV or AIDS who lack care in their communities.   The fellowship was awarded by the HIV Medicine Association.  Dr. Green grew up in what is formerly known as Chatam, now the Roseland community on Chicago’s South Side.  She went to Whitney Young High School, where she attended for three years but was let go due to her behavior and grades. She persevered at AAMU and graduate cum laude in biology.  She taught for four years before pursuing medical school.



Dr. Lizabeth Harden

HardenLizabeth.jpgDr. Lizabeth Harden is a respected Huntsville internist who has been practicing for more than 30 years.  She graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1982 and is affiliated with the major medical facilities of Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center.



Dr. Vivian Aboko-Cole Hicks

HicksVivian.JPGDr. Aboko-Cole Hicks graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in 1971. She works in Huntsville, Ala., where she specializes in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. Dr. Aboko-Cole Hicks is affiliated with Huntsville Hospital.  She is the daughter of former alumni historian Mary McCray Chambers and the late scientist and campus photographer V.M. Chambers.  The Chambers Building, which houses the physics program at AAMU, was named in her father’s honor.



Dr. Sandral Hullett

Dr. Sandral Hullett has dedicated her career to improving rural health care for Hullet, Sandral.jpg
Alabamians.  She is described by her peers as a gifted clinician, effective administrator, and tireless humanitarian.  The Birmingham native earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and her master’s in Public Health from UAB.   Dr. Hullett’s professional interests in rural healthcare have included an emphasis on healthcare delivery to the under-served, the under-insured, and the poor.  She is CEO and Medical Director of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.



Dr. Debbie Redmond-Hyder

Dr. Debbie Redmond-Hyder is a practicing pediatrician in Huntsville, Ala. She Redmond-Hyder.jpg
is a 1983 graduate of Alabama A&M University with a B.S. in zoology. She graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989.  She was the first African American female pediatrician in Huntsville and has been practicing for nearly 30 years.  She completed her internship in Dallas, Tex., and her residency in Orlando, Fla.  She is the owner of Pediatrics of Providence and is a clinical faculty member with the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.





Col. Martha Brooks

BrooksColMarthaK.jpgColonel Martha K. Brooks, a 1989 AAMU graduate, served as director of public/congressional affairs at the U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal. Col. Brooks received her commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps as an Air Defense Artillery Officer.



Lt. Col. (Ret.) Carolyn Culpepper

Commissioned at AAMU via the Bulldog Battalion, Lt. Col. Carolyn Culpepper devoted some 33 years to the United States Army, where provided support during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was her job to make sure that the equipment and material needed for a combat Army reached their destinations in a timely manner. She was a special operations officer for a transportation hub at Ft. Eustis, Va., and later at the Military Sealift Command in Washington, D.C.



Dr. Annie Wells

A recently retired educator and U.S. Navy Captain, Dr. Annie Wells received WellsAnnie.JPG
her M.S. from Tuskegee and the Ph.D. from the University of Montana, Missoula and then taught at AAMU, her Alma Mater, for decades.  Her extensive research interests included emphases in physiological psychology, learning and teaching styles, health psychology and lifestyle changes.





Jacquelyne Bennett

A native of Oneonta, Ala., Jacquelyne Bennett, performed phenomenally as a supervisory human resources specialist in the Civilian Personnel Advisory BennettJacqueline.jpg
Center.  She served as a personnel management staffing specialist from 1968-69. From 1969-79, Bennett was a supervisory personnel staffing specialist. She served as an employee relations specialist from 1979-84, a supervisory employee relations specialist from 1984-94 and a supervisory human resources specialist from 1994 to present.  She earned a master’s in personnel administration and psychology in 1995 from Alabama A&M University, where she received a bachelor’s in secondary education/English in 1967.


Sen. Linda Coleman

Alabama State Senator Linda Coleman is serving her second term in the Coleman, Linda.jpg
Senate, after having previously served one term in the Alabama House of Representatives District 60, and three terms on the Birmingham City Council.  The AAMU alumna is an Americans with Disabilities Compliance Officer, who serves on the board of directors for the Birmingham Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Positive Maturity Board in Jefferson County.  She also serves as State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc.



Dr. Marquita Davis

Davis, Marquita.jpgIn making his pick for State Finance Director in 2011, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said he was looking for intelligence, character and tenaciousness.   Enter Marquita Furness Davis, an Alabama A&M University alumna from Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Davis has been referred to as “a collaborator who tries to keep people focused on the broad picture.”



Mamie Labon Foster

Foster, Mamie Labon.jpgMamie Labon Foster was the first female President Pro Tempore of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees.  Born June 12, 1912, she graduated from Rosedale Elementary School.  She completed studies at Alabama A&M Institute High School and received the junior college diploma and B.S. (1946) in elementary education from what was Alabama A&M College.  She also received two Master of Arts degrees from Teacher College-Columbia University in New York City.



Rep. Laura Hall

Hall, LauraWHM.jpgElected in 1993, State Rep. Laura Hall earned her and certification in K-12 administration from Alabama A&M University.  She has served the field of education for more than three decades, retiring as Assistant to the President for at-Risk Students and Special Projects at Calhoun Community College in Decatur.   Rep. Hall also chairs the Governor’s Commission on AIDS and the  Alabama House of Representatives Black Caucus.



Abbiegail Hamilton Hugine

First Lady Abbiegail Hugine has launched a series of initiatives aimed at campus aesthetics and improving customer service.  She initiated the First Hugine, Abbiegail.jpg
Lady's Scholarship Luncheon, which raises funds to provide scholarships to deserving students at AAMU.  Through this initiative, a $150,000 scholarship was endowed.  She is the founder and facilitates the Bulldog Pride Committee, which promotes a number of activities and functions to enhance the university.  To support the activities of the Bulldog Pride Committee, fundraising events are held.  Among them are the Brick Pavers Project and the annual "Dancing with the President and First Lady" event.  For her service, she was presented the "Advocate of the Year Award" during AAMU's annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala.  An accomplished educator and retired principal, First Lady Hugine also was one of eight students who integrated the then all-white Walterboro High School, where she returned as a teacher after graduating from college.


Sarah Jones Jamar

Sarah Elizabeth Jones Jamar started her career at Redstone Arsenal as a GS-2.  JamarSarah2.JPG
Methodically, she became the first black female engineer at Redstone Arsenal, with the Product Assurance Division of the U.S. Army Missile Command (MICOM). During her career at MICOM, she worked on the design and quality assurance for several missiles (TOW, HAWK and BAT).  Jamar provided a bridge of opportunity for other black females.  When she retired in 1996, she was a GM-14 Mathematical Statistician Engineer.


Bertha M. Jones

JonesBerthaWHM.jpgAn Alabama A&M University loyalist, the late Bertha M. Jones began working for the state’s cooperative extension service in 1945.  After getting her master’s from Penn State in 1956, she led the state’s 4-H program for blacks from her base at Tuskegee University.  The pioneer filed a lawsuit that ultimately led to women becoming District County Agent Coordinators, slots once reserved for white men only.



Vivian Malone Jones

Jones, Vivian M_.jpgIt was only after attending Alabama A&M University first that the Late Vivian Malone Jones set out on the path that led to her becoming the first black graduate of  the University of Alabama.   Although she was the subject of Gov. George C. Wallace’s infamous “stand in the school house door,” she went on to serve humanity on the federal level until her death in 2005.



Michelle Gilliam Jordan

Jordan, Michelle Gilliam.jpgAAMU alum Michelle Gilliam Jordan has been named the City of Huntsville’s new director of economic development and legislative affairs.  Jordan has been the city’s community development director since February 2009. Before that, she spent three years managing Decatur’s combined planning and community development office.



Pamela McDonald

Pamela McDonald of the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center received the 2016 Modern-Day Technology Leaders McDonaldPamela.jpg
Award. The Black Engineer of the Year Modern-Day Technology Leaders Award recognizes an individual’s commitment to shaping the future of engineering, science and technology. Recipients are recommended for this award by their employer.  McDonald is the senior software acquisition management adviser to the Missile Defense Agency director, the director for engineering and the program executives. McDonald leads the MDA effort to evaluate program element software acquisition processes and products and provides recommendations to the MDA director and agency senior executives



Emma Jean Melton

MeltonEmma.jpgEmma Jean Melton was a longtime educator in the public schools of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and she is the spouse of legislator Bryant Melton.  Melton served a productive tenure on the AAMU Board of Trustees, where she emphasized student support and campus improvements.



Rep. Mary Moore

Rep. Mary Moore was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives Moore, Mary.png
(District 59-Jefferson County) in 2002.  She earned the MBA in Human Resource Development from Alabama A&M University.   Rep. Moore is a retired medical technologist from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Birmingham. She is former member of the Birmingham School Board, past President of the ACIPCO Finley Neighborhood, and former member of the Birmingham Industrial Water Board and Birmingham Trade.



Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson

Nash-Stevenson, Shelia.pngA NASA aerospace engineer, Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson made history in 1994 when she became the first African-American female to earn the Ph.D. degree in physics from the state of Alabama.  She remains one of less than 20 black female physics doctoral recipients in the United States.



PrivettChasidy.jpgChasidy Privett

Chasidy Privett of Cullman, Ala., dutifully served on the AAMU Board of Trustees following her appointment to the body by then Gov. Bob Riley in 2010.  Privett is president and CEO of Action Technologies Defense Group in Huntsville, Ala.  She graduated from AAMU with a B.S. degree in accounting.



Claudinette Purifoy-Fears

Purifoy-FearsClaudinette.jpgClaudinette Purifoy-Fears is an AAMU civil engineering alumnus once designated as Distingiushed Engineer of the Year.  She is affiliated with the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, AMCOM and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.



Jeanette Scissum

Jeanette Scissum joined NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1964 after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Alabama ScissumJeanette.jpg
A&M University. Scissum published a NASA report in 1967, “Survey of Solar Cycle Prediction Models,” which put forward techniques for improved forecasting of the sunspot cycle. In the mid-1970s she worked as a space scientist in the Space Environment Branch of Marshall’s Space Sciences Laboratory and later led activities in Marshall’s Atmospheric, Magnetospheric, and Plasmas in Space project.  Scissum later worked at NASA Headquarters as a computer systems analyst responsible for analyzing and directing NASA management information and technical support systems.



Dr. Alease S. Sims

Sims, Alease S_.jpgA native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Alease S. Sims possessed a love for her Alma Mater that was so intense that it sustained her throughout her state’s lengthy higher education desegregation lawsuit.  The lawsuit, forever known by those who fought for the integrity of state HBCUs in Alabama as “Knight-Sims,” sought remedies for an outdated, unequal educational system that had been allowed to continue for far too long.



Bobbie L. Steele

SteeleBobbieL.pngBorn in Cleveland, Miss., former Cook County (Ill.) Commissioner Bobbie L. Steele attended AAMU for two years before moving to Chicago in 1956.  Steele was the president of the National Association of Black County Officials and chairperson of the National Association of County Officials Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee.  She also became the first female Cook County Board President.


Dr. Yvette G. Taylor

Dr. Yvette G. Taylor joined the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in October 2005 as the Regional Administrator in Region 4. Previously, she served in senior TaylorYvette.jpg
positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  As Regional Administrator, she is responsible for administering federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the Southeastern Region. Region IV encompasses Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  She earned the B.S. degree in business administration from AAMU before embarking on MBA and Ph.D. degrees.


Dr. Ebonee Walker

Dr. Ebonee Walker is a 2006 AAMU electrical engineering graduate who serves as Executive Officer to the Director and Materials Engineer at the WalkerEbonee.jpg
Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, Ala.  She earned the M.A. degree in physics from Fisk University in 2008, and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary materials science from Vanderbilt University in 2012.   She oversees special projects for the Director and ensures the Directorate finishes assigned tasks.  Dr. Walker is active in several professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Materials Research Society, National Society of Black Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers.



Adrienne P-K Washington

Adrienne Pope-Kelly Washington spent most of her 36 years of a distinguished government service career in top leadership roles.  She is the first African-American woman to be promoted to the highest position WashingtonAdriennePK.jpg
possible at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, director of the Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD), U.S. Army and Missile Command (AMCOM).  The Sylacauga, Ala., native and alumna is also a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Army Intern Training Center-Depot Operations Program, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a 1987 graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.  Known to those close to her as “P K,” Washington has been highly recognized for her multi-tasking skills, as she worked in high profile positions. She managed Weapon Systems (Missile Systems and Rotary Wing Aircrafts) programs for more than 70 foreign nations and organizations with inventory values of $25.2 billion.  During high peak times in her career, Washington supervised more than 1,000 government and contract personnel, both within and outside the United States.






Betty Kelly Austin

In 1977, Betty Kelly Austin was selected as the coordinator of women's sports, without a budget for hiring.  She took on the task anyway, and became Austin, Betty Kelly.jpg
the founder and first official coach of both women's basketball and volleyball at AAMU.  She ably took on the coordinator's position, two coaching positions, and taught three courses.  During her coaching tenure in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, her volleyball teams won 11 straight Conference titles, and she was consecutively honored as Coach of the Year.  When AAMU joined the SWAC, she posted six consecutive SWAC Tournament Championships and Coach of the Year titles, in addition to six NCAA Tournament appearances. She reached the 600-win plateau, becoming one of only 12 Division I coaches to achieve that many career wins.  In addition to her undisputed national success as a collegiate volleyball coach and champion of women’s sports, Betty Kelly Austin achieved distinction as the first permanent female Athletic Director in the lengthy chronicles of Alabama A&M University and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.


Myra Clayton

Myrna Clayton graduated from Atlanta’s Northside High School of the Arts, earned a B.S, degree from AAMU, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and ClaytonMyrna.jpg
embarked on a successful corporate career.  However, her true passion was singing in an authentic way.  She has performed for national and international audiences. Performances have been in small, intimate gatherings and in crowds well into the tens of thousands.   She was a Best New Artist Nominee for 2005 and her song “Chosen” was selected as the featured song for the 2006 Gospel Choice Award. She has opened for Ruben Studdard, Alex Bugnon, and The Manhattans.  She sung at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.


Mitty Collier

Collier, Mitty.jpgPerhaps best known for her 1964 chartbuster “I Had a Talk with My Man,” R&B recording artist Mitty Collier had a number of successes in the 1960s.  A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she once even secured a bill with greats B.B. King and Etta James.  She became an ordained minister and later pastored in Chicago.



Jearl Miles-Clark

Miles-Clark, Jearl.jpgFive-time Olympian Jearl Miles Clark was born September 4, 1966, in Gainesville, Fla.  She had an extremely productive matriculation at Alabama A&M University.   She is considered one of the “most versatile” athletes in Alabama A&M’s history.  She is a member of the USA National Track & Field Hall of Fame.



Grace Jackson Small

Grace Jackson Small is a retired Jamaican athlete, who competed mainly in the 100 and 200 metres.  She reached the 100 and 200m finals in the 1984 Jackson-SmallGrace.jpg
and 1988 Summer Olympic Games and the 200 m final in Barcelona in 1992.  Her breakthrough performance was at the 1988 Summer Olympics, held in Seoul, South Korea. She won a silver medal in the 200m behind Florence Griffith-Joyner, defeating then 200m World Champion Silke Moller, Heike Drechsler and team mate Merlene Ottey. She also won a bronze medal at the 1987 IAAF World Indoor Championships and a silver medal at the 1989 IAAF World Indoor Championships.



Monica Phipps Stewart

Phipps-StewartMonica.jpgIn addition to serving as a project specialist for Bonham Technologies in Huntsville, Ala., Monica Phipps Stewart has long used her voice an instrument of spiritual uplift.  Her recent CD, “Just Monica,” featured seven soulful favorites, all geared toward praise to The Most High.  She is both a sought-after singer and professional.



Dannette Young Stone

Young-StoneDannette.jpegDannette Louise Young-Stone is a former American track and field athlete. She won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team. Four years later at the 1992 Summer Olympics, in Barcelona, she won a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay.  The AAMU alumna won the Division II track title in the 100 and 200 meters three straight years, as well as ran anchor on the 4x100-meter relay team.




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