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AAMU Board Holds Regular Session in Birmingham; Williams New Head

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NEW BOARD OFFICERS: (l-r) Trustees Kevin Ball; Chris Robinson (Board Secretary); Dr. Jerome B. Williams (President Pro Tem); Ginger Harper; and John Hackett, Jr.



Huntsville, Ala. ---- The members of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees went through an ambitious agenda in Birmingham Friday, October 27, that dealt with the renewal of a line of credit, election of officers and other action items from the University’s business and academic units.




The Board elected Dr. Jerome B. Williams of Birmingham as President Pro Tem, and Trustee Chris Robinson (Huntsville area) will serve as Secretary.  Members of the Board’s new Executive Committee include Trustees Kevin Ball, Ginger Harper, John Hackett Jr., and Chris Robinson.




Presidential Evaluation Process


A consultant charged with facilitating the Board’s presidential evaluation process discussed the firm’s evaluation process and methodology, and provided feedback from multiple interviews with the University’s constituencies.  Several pluses centered around AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.’s support of faculty and their professional development; strengthening the University’s financial footing; improved campus aesthetics; implementation of the strategic plan; and positive impact of the First Lady.


Hugine attributed the positive evaluation to the work of a dedicated team.




Academic Affairs (Daniel Wims, Provost/Vice President)


As part of action items submitted under Academic Affairs, the Board approved a review of the University’s Mission Statement (formalizing the appropriateness of the Mission Statement in compliance with the accrediting body); the addition of a master’s program in electrical engineering; a request to divest the AAMU/University of North Alabama campus social work off-site program; and the termination of the Center for Global Service Research.


Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones acknowledged regular meetings with the administration to address faculty concerns and opportunities for faculty development.  A Women in STEM initiative has been launched at President’s request.


Business and Finance (Clayton Gibson, Vice President)


The Board approved the renewal of a line of credit in the amount of $6.5 million; a room fee for the new 580-bed residence hall facility which opens in January 2018 ($3,550-single; $3,000-double); and an amendment to the operating agreement between AAMU and the AAMU Foundation, which manages the University’s endowment.


Marketing, Communications and Advancement (Archie Tucker II, Vice President)


Vice President Archie Tucker provided an update on the capital campaign, noting a 68% percent increase over previous goal and a significant increase in alumni giving, with an average gift of nearly $1,400.
Student Affairs (Gary Crosby, Ph.D., Vice President)


SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle reported numerous activities and volunteerism efforts sponsored by the organization, including student elections, Homecoming 2017, Habitat for Humanity campaign, and Magic City Classic.





Board adjourned at 10:22 a.m.


Next Regular Meeting:  Friday, March 2, 2018; subcommittees will be held Thursday, March 1.


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