Huntsville, Ala. ---- While there is still work to be done, numerous positive changes are evident throughout the Alabama A&M University campus, commented Odysseus Lanier, president pro tempore of the board of trustees. Those positives could—along with continued galvanization of the board and additional resources—significantly bring about needed improvements. Where the University is today, Lanier stressed, must be juxtaposed to the nearly $9 million deficit it carried in the yesteryear of 2009.
The remarks followed a report from AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., who summarized a printed report touting a series of accomplishments in key areas, from academics to physical facilities. Hugine attributed the successes to the team efforts of his cabinet, and the faculty and staff.
The board also formally announced that it is working with an external consulting firm to initiate the two- to four-month process of conducting Hugine’s evaluation.
Business and Finance
The board set the fees for the new online baccalaureate degree program in management. The resulting fee of $1,030 encompasses a $480 program fee, a $250 information technology (IT) fee and a $300 proration fee.
Trustees approved the making of slight modifications to the University’s mission statement and agreed to add new undergraduate degree programs in biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering and plant biotechnology.
The 2013 football season schedule will include Georgia Tech. Moreover, top tier football programs can be expected to appear on the gridiron schedule throughout upcoming years. Additionally, the basketball program will play visiting Missouri State University on December 18, 2012, in the T.M. Elmore Building.
Research, Development and Technology
The board approved responsible use and data access/security policies presented from the University’s information technology (IT) unit. Following a more than 90-minute executive session legal matters pertaining to the AAMU Research Institute, the board took an hour recess before returning to hear a feasibility study on the University’s preparedness run a capital campaign.
Based on a consultant firm’s initial findings from nearly 900 surveys from a primarily alumni polling, the board voted to move forward with a capital campaign. The campaign will be formally launched in February 2013. Wendy Kobler, vice president, Marketing, Communication and Advancement announced that $1 million has been raised in the first quarter of the new fiscal year.
- Jerome Saintjones