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AAMU Board Adds Concentrations, Makes Policy Updates

 

Huntsville, Ala. --- The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees held the first meeting of 2017 and the last one for President Pro Tempore Andre Taylor on Friday, February 24.

 

After completing a six-year tenure on the board, Taylor said he would not apply for another term but would instead reflect on other milestones.  The former corporate communications official said he is optimistic about AAMU’s potential and pledged his support in the years ahead.

 

AAMU President Andrew Hugine Jr., and other university administrators, including Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones, thanked Taylor for his service.

 

Hugine announced that he will join presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for a meeting with White House officials on ways to strengthen support to the 100 institutions of higher learning.  President Donald Trump and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will host the summit February 27-28.

 

During his report to the board, President Hugine shared a video on the progress and events to date of the Confucius Institute at AAMU.

 

Trustees then went on to approve the addition of concentrations in urban planning and design, and transportation management; the addition of a wireless policy; the reduction of donor restrictions and requirements pertaining to naming opportunities for facilities; and the inclusion of nontraditional housing options.

 

As required by board bylaws, Trustees Velma Tribue and Jerome Williams were appointed by Taylor to serve on a presidential evaluation committee to coordinate Hugine’s four-year evaluation.  The committee will select a college president to serve on it, and Hugine will also be able to select a presidential peer to serve on the evaluation team.

 

Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones lauded the efforts of Hugine with respect to finding ways to provide cost of living adjustments for faculty and staff.  The Faculty Senate will arrange meetings with state legislators on additional ways that state government can facilitate future adjustments to the salaries of state employees.  While Jones indicated that the Faculty Handbook is being reviewed, the Faculty Mentoring Program is well underway.

 

SGA President Tara Crawford said students have been involved in campus-wide beautification efforts, as well as community food and clothing drives.  She also expressed optimism in the development of future student leadership.

 

FIRST NOTICE of Next Meeting:  The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will meet again for its regular session on campus Friday, June 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.

 

-          D. Daniel and J. Saintjones

contributed to this report.

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