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U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) engaged in an hour-long dialogue and discussion with Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., along with AAMU administrators and college deans, during the afternoon of Wednesday, April 8, in the President’s Board Room. Also in attendance were members of his staff, including Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn.


Hugine provided the Senator a brief overview about the 140-year-old institution, its student demographics, rankings in selected areas, current research, scholar accomplishments and the University’s master plan. 


Sessions inquired about AAMU’s designation as a historically black college/university (HBCU) and as an 1890 institution, urging University officials to continue to engage with his office for assistance with the facilitation of federal grant opportunities.  The senator also acknowledged the role AAMU was playing in ensuring that small farmers were making more productive use of their land.


Senator Sessions solicited opinions and feedback from University officials on proposed legislation that could impact the University’s ability to fulfill its mission.  The dialogue particularly focused on the higher education reauthorization act as it relates to the Pell Grant, student financial aid programs, college rating system, and increased requirements on universities for responding to sexual violence.  He encouraged AAMU officials to make strategic use of its affiliated advocacy organizations, including the Association for Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the American Council on Education in providing input on these issues.


“We are very appreciative that Senator Sessions included Alabama A&M University as one of his stops in his statewide visit,” commented Hugine.  “I think the meeting with Senator Sessions was very productive.  We are looking forward to aligning some of the University’s salient interests with those the Senator stresses for the overall betterment of the state.”


- J. Saintjones

PHOTO:  U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (left) visits stops in for a, April 8  visit with Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr. 
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