ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) had a $244 million economic impact on the Albany region in 2018, according to a recent study released and commissioned by the University System of Georgia (USG).

“It is imperative that Albany State University and the Albany community have a beneficial relationship,” said Marion Fedrick, ASU President. “As an educational institution, ASU creates and supports employment opportunities and provides services that contribute to the economic well-being of Southwest Georgia and beyond. As I’ve said before, the community is critical to the success of ASU. I look forward to growing ASU’s economic impact in the future by increasing our student and faculty population, increasing our academic programs and amplifying the campus community’s involvement in the surrounding community.”

Much of the university’s economic impact is attributed to student spending, personnel services and operating expenses. A breakdown of the dollars showed that the university employed 2,818 people for a total of $107 million in labor income for the region, as described by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.

Results of the USG study note the following:

  • $244 million impact on the regional economy; includes employment and direct and indirect spending
  • $154 million in valued added (gross regional product)
  • 860 one-campus jobs and 1,958 off-campus jobs that exist due to institution-related spending

The study reviewed data from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. Area counties included in the study were Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Mitchell, Terrell, Sumter, Tift and Crisp.

The Selig study indicated that the USG’s total economic impact on the share of Georgia for fiscal year 2018 was $17.7 billion. The complete economic impact study is available on the USG website.

About Albany State University

Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.

Matthew Wesley Williams

ATLANTA, GA – Matthew Wesley Williams has been appointed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) to serve as Interim President of the Center, upon the retirement of current President, Dr. Edward L. Wheeler on July 31, 2019. This action will be ratified by the full Board of Trustees later this summer. Williams will begin his transition into the role on July 10, 2019.

“I am pleased that the Executive Committee of the ITC Board of Trustees has selected Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams to serve as the Interim President of the School,” stated Edward L. Wheeler, current ITC President. “Matt is uniquely gifted to effectively lead ITC during this period of transition. He is a strategic thinker and has exceptional organizational expertise. He knows theological education and the challenges the enterprise faces. However, he is also acutely aware and appreciative of ITC’s history and the potential the school has to make a positive contribution to the needed transformation of the academy, the church, and local/global communities.”

Williams, an ITC alumnus, and community leader currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Forum of Theological Exploration (FTE). In Matthew’s role at FTE, he has been instrumental in helping to restructure FTE’s operation’s to better achieve it missions amidst a changing religious landscape. While in this position, FTE’s ministry and doctoral initiatives have grown and expanded. In addition, after studying various challenges theological executives face in their institutions, Williams established FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network to teach and train theological executive leaders how to address systemic barriers to desirable change in their respective institutional context.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to return to my beloved alma mater to help facilitate the beginning of the next chapter of the Interdenominational Theological Center’s life and legacy,” said Matthew Wesley Williams. “I am clear that our call is not to merely “save the ITC” as we know it. This is the beginning of an effort to co-create the ITC our communities need. This is village work. I look forward to joining with ITC’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and allies to co-author this next chapter.”

Williams received a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center and bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and philosophy and religion from Florida A&M University. He is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

“The Board of Trustees will be naming a Search Committee to direct the process of hiring a president for ITC,” stated Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Chair ITC Board of Trustees. “The search will commence during the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year.”

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About the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)

Established in 1958, The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is a Christian Africentric ecumenical consortium of seminaries and a fellowship that educates students who commit to practicing justice and peace through a liberating and transforming spirituality to become leaders in the church, local and global communities. Its seminaries include the Morehouse School of Religion (Baptist); Gammon Theological Seminary (United Methodist); Turner Theological Seminary (African Methodist Episcopal); Phillips School of Theology (Christian Methodist Episcopal); and the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary (Church of God and Christ). The Selma T. and Harry V. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship provide theological training to students from various other faith traditions. Fore more information, www.itc.edu.

Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler

ATLANTA, GA – The Interdenominational Theological Center’s President Rev. Dr. Edward L. Wheeler announced on April 26 that he is retiring from the role he’s held for the past four years. Wheeler made the announcement during a board of trustees’ executive meeting, on campus.

According to a press release from the University, Wheeler is the 10th person to serve in ITC’s top leadership role since its founding in 1958. Wheeler stated in his remarks to the board that he will be concluding his presidential position effective June 30, 2019, a position he has held since 2015.

The ITC board of trustees’ accepted the retirement letter with an expression of gratitude for Wheeler’s services.

“I have been blessed by mt time at ITC,” said Wheeler. My prayer is that new leadership will help ITC realize the unlimited potential. ITC’s liberating Africentric focus is needed now more than ever.”

Under Wheeler’s leadership, the institution has achieved several goals which include:

  • Probation with SACSCOC was removed, and its accreditation reaffirmed.
  • ITC received a $250,000 sustainability grant from the Lilly Endowment.
  • Enrollment has increased.
  • Curriculum revisions has been implemented.
  • Policies and procedures designed to increase institutional effectiveness have been put in place and;
  • admission standards have been raised.

“The tenure of Dr. Edward L. Wheeler at the ITC made a remarkable impact on the life of our community,” said Dr. Maisha Handy, ITC Provost. “He is a great mentor to many and a model of excellent leadership in theological education. He will be greatly missed even as we pray God’s blessing on his season of retirement.”

In addition to his tenure as President, Wheeler was an Adjunct Professor at ITC from 1977-1982 and was Dean of Morehouse School of Religion from 1982-1985.

“Transitions are essential part of life,” stated Wheeler. The world is changing, the church is changing, and theological education must be change to be relevant to the changes taking place all around us. I am confident the next generation of leadership for ITC will move the mission forward so that ITC will continue to prepare transformative leaders for an ever-changing world.”

ITC’s Board will spend the next two months identifying what the next President’s work will be. An interim will be appointed to assume the duties of the presidential office, and a search will be launched later this year.

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About the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)

Established in 1958, The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is a Christian Africentric ecumenical consortium of seminaries and a fellowship that educates students who commit to practicing justice and peace through a liberating and transforming spirituality to become leaders in the church, local and global communities. Its seminaries include the Morehouse School of Religion (Baptist); Gammon Theological Seminary (United Methodist); Turner Theological Seminary (African Methodist Episcopal); Phillips School of Theology (Christian Methodist Episcopal); and the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary (Church of God and Christ). The Selma T. and Harry V. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship provide theological training to students from various other faith traditions. Visit www.itc.edu for more information.

AUGUSTA, GA – Paine College announced Thursday the death of one of their students in the result of an apparent suicide.

The student was discovered in a residential hall at about 8:45 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, April 17. For the sake of the family’s privacy, the student name will not be released at this time, according to Paine’s president Dr. Jerry L. Hardee.

“This is a very difficult time for everyone in the Paine College family,” said Hardee. “I have been touch with the deceased student’s Family to express our condolences and offer support on behalf of the College community.”

All classes scheduled for Thursday, April 18, were canceled. Classes will resume on Monday, April 22. The Chapel opened for all members of the Paine College family who wish to gather there. Grief counselors were on hand to help students cope with the loss of their classmate.

The President and CEO, Founder of the HBCU Campaign Fund, Demetrius Johnson, Jr., released a statement in support of Paine College and the family of the student.

President Johnson urges that we must help those who may be at risk and be more accessible to those who need it, that’s feeling suicidal. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or need someone to talk to, please provide help by giving the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

ATLANTA, GA – The Morris Brown College Board of Trustees announced today it has appointed Dr. Kevin James as Interim President, effective March 1, 2019.

“I am honored to have been selected by the board to serve at the helm of Georgia’s oldest HBCU founded by black people,” said James. “I look forward to working with the board of trustees, alumni, staff, and other shareholders to resurrect this historic black college to prominence. My first order of business is working to obtain accreditation, ensure financial stability, build a strong relationship with alumni, and enrollment growth.”

In his nearly 20-year career as a higher education administrator, executive business leader, and motivational speaker, James is committed to improving his community through education and empowerment. He has served in various senior-level roles with colleges across the Carolinas and Georgia and civic organizations, most recently serving as Interim CEO of the 100 Black Men of American, Inc. In this, he oversaw the day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and external relations for the non-profit organization of 10,000+ members who volunteer through a host of mentorship and community service initiatives across the country and internationally.

Bishop Reginald Jackson, Chairman of Morris Brown College Board of Trustees, welcomed James’s appointment. “We need a leader who holds not only outstanding values and a passion for helping sustain HBCUs, but one who has vast experience in higher education, the accreditation process and fundraising to take Morris Brown College to the next level,” said Jackson. “After an exhaustive search, we found these qualities in Dr. Kevin James. he has served in various leadership capacities with enthusiasm, and I am confident that he will play the key role to resurrect Morris Brown College.”

A native of Columbia, S.C., James attended South Carolina State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Social Sciences from Winthrop University; a master’s degree in Business Management, Leadership, and Organizational Effectiveness from Troy State University; and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of the Higher Education Institute of Harvard University

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) had a $250 million economic impact on the Albany region in 2017, according to a December 2018 study released and commissioned by the University System of Georgia.

According to a press released from the university, the study illustrates ASU’s commitment to empowering the Southwest Georgia region, University officials said. Much of the university’s economic impact is attributed to student spending, personnel services and operating expenses.

“Albany State University is vital to the economic development of the Albany area and the region,” said ASU President Marion Fedrick. “Higher education serves the overall community by promoting knowledge and preparing learners to be skilled professionals. In addition to providing and education, ASU creates and supports employment opportunities and provides services that enrich Southwest Georgia and beyond.”

A breakdown of the dollars showed that the University employed 2,844 people for a total of $109 million in labor income for the region, as described by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.

Results of the USG study note the following:

  • $250 million impact on the regional economy; includes employment and direct and indirect spending
  • $158 million in valued added (gross regional product)
  • 822 on-campus jobs and 2,022 off-campus jobs that exist due to institution-related spending

The study reviewed data from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. Area counties included in the study were Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Mitchell, Terrell, Sumter, Tift and Crisp.

The Selig study indicated that the USG’s total economic impact on the state of Georgia fiscal year 2017 was $16.8 billion. The complete economic impact study is available on the USG website.

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About Albany State University

Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. For more information, please visit www.asurams.edu.

Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.


This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. Paul A. Jones, Fort Valley State University

Paul A. Jones, Ph.D., Fort Valley State University President.

Paul A. Jones, Ph.D. was appointed to served as the 10th President of Fort Valley State University in December 2015. His higher education career spans more than three decades in Colorado, Maryland, Utah and Georgia.

Before leading FVSU, President Jones served two years as interim president at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. Prior to his interim presidential appointment, he served in numerous senior leadership roles at Georgia College & State University (GCSU), including senior vice president for finance and administration, vice president and chief of staff, vice president for institutional research and enrollment management, and several interim roles including interim vice president for academic affairs and president. President Jones was also Professor of Educational Administration at Georgia College.

While serving in various position at GCSU, President Jones played a key leadership role in helping the University transform student experiences. Some of these transformations include: expanding experiential learning opportunities (i.e., undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, civic engagement, and service learning), internationalizing the curriculum, and implementing student success programs that raised student retention rates to the top tier in the University System of Georgia.

In 2007-08, President Jones served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of West Florida.

Dr. Jones is also a member of several boards including, The Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health Board of Directors, ACE Council of Fellows Board of Directors, Fort Valley State University Foundation, Middle Georgia Goodwill Industries Education Committee, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Executive Board.

A native of California, Dr. Jones and his wife Sylvia were named Alumni of the Year at Utah State University, where Dr. Jones earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University.

President and First Lady Jones have two children, Isaiah and Daphne.

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About Fort Valley State University

FVSU is one of the most affordable colleges in the country, because their goal is to make sure anyone with talent and desire can use education as a stepping stone. At the same time, excellence is demanded across FVSU’s campuses, from the faculty members who are respected researchers, instructors, and authors, to the students who accept the challenges of leadership, scholarship, and professionalism. More than 60 clubs and organizations provide students with real-world opportunities to pursue their passions, and the professional network help launch students into careers through internships and career development. For more information, visit www.fvsu.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.


Every Friday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the upcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President: Marion Fedrick, Albany State University

Marion Fedrick

Marion Fedrick was appointed interim president of Albany State University on Feb. 1, 2018. She initially joined the university’s administration as interim executive vice president on Oct 16, 2017.

Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including an assessment designed to improve the student experience and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.

Prior to her appointment at Albany State, Fedrick served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia (USG) overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefit programs, and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

She has also served as assistant commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, director of corporate human resources at AT&T, director of compensation and benefits planning at BellSouth, human resources division manager at Emory Healthcare, assistant director of human resources at Clark Atlanta University, and human resources manager at Athens-Clarke County Government.

As assistant commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Office of State Personnel Administration, Fedrick oversaw the human resources, compensation, and benefits functions for the State of Georgia. She played a key role in developing a strategy for the employee benefits program that resulted in a first-year savings of $3 million. She also led the redesign of the employee benefit package statewide resulting in premium savings of over $20 million in year one anf $5 million in year two.

Marion served in various professional, community, and civic organizations including the trustee for the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia and Client Advisor for Fidelity, AON, and TIAA Cref. She also served on the board of Communities in Schools of Atlanta and is an active member of World at Work, the National Society for Human Resources Management, and the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals. Fedrick is also a volunteer for Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc., In additional to being an alumna of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Athens, and the United Way VIP Program.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between our nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a vocal proponent for education and public policy issues. He has fostered meaningful dialogue within the national higher education community. His research, speeches and publications focus on crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, state funding for higher education, mentoring and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has enhanced the quality of the university experience for students, developed and successfully implemented comprehensive retention and enrollment plans leading to greater access, opportunity and higher graduation rates; thereby enabling more individuals to improve their quality of life by earning a college education.

Fedrick received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and is a certified senior human resources professional. She and her husband, Horace, have one daughter, Sarah, who is in middle school.

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About West Virginia State University

Albany State University will be a world-class comprehensive university and a powerful catalyst for the economic growth and development of Southwest Georgia. ASU will be recognized for its innovative and creative delivery of excellent educational programs, broad-based community engagement and public service, and creative scholarship and applied research, all of which enrich the lives of the diverse constituencies served by the University. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

 

ATLANTA, GA – The Board of Trustees of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today accepted the resignation of President Ronald A. Johnson, effective December 7, 2018. A national search for the fifth president of CAU will begin immediately, according to a press release by the university.

Lucille H. Maugé has been appointed chief operating officer. Maugé will serve as acting president after Dr. Johnson’s departure until a new president is elected by the board.

“We are deeply grateful to President Johnson for his service to our university. He made many contributions to the university during his tenure, the most recent being the improvement in the academic quality of admitted students and development of a new strategic plan,” said Gregory Morrison, Chair of CAU’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Johnson departs with an appreciation of the board, faculty, staff, student body and alumni.”

“It has been a great honor to serve as president of CAU,” said President Johnson. “Through determined focus and perseverance, we were able to make significant progress on our journey together to strengthen the long-term health and sustainability CAU; raise the visibility and overall awareness of our great institution, and clarify the vision of the future. I thank our exceptional faculty, staff, and alumni for their creativity, hard work and dedication to the success of our students and support of our great university. Most of all I would like to thank our students. You are the heart, and soul of CAU and I am humbled to have the opportunity to work with so many determined, energetic and innovative young people of promise.”

Dr. Johnson was named CAU President in July 2015. Prior to joining Clark Atlanta University President Johnson was the dean of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. He also served as dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He previously taught and developed innovative curriculum at Florida A&M University, Northeastern University, and Howard University. He is an accomplished researcher and has developed expertise in the design of learning-focused business curriculums.

[Photo creds: Demetrius Johnson, Jr., – HBCU Campaign Fund]
ATLANTA, GA – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) received a $20,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.

According to a press release by the university, for the fifth consecutive year CAU has been selected as a university partner for this vital program. The fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement.

CAU hosted 25 students from 18 African countries. Their activities included a hands-on learning day at the UPS headquarters in Atlanta. Additionally, they experienced site visits to other Atlanta anchor companies, including IBM, The Coca-Cola Company and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. They also exercised their philanthropic muscles with community service opportunities with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta and MedShare International.

“We are honored to receive this vital donation from The UPS Foundation,” Mesfin Bezuneh, program director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for CAU “Funding is a critical component for us to be able to continue this important initiative. We are immensely grateful for UPS’s generosity.”

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Young African Leaders Initiative’s efforts to engage rising African leaders,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

ABOUT THE UPS FOUNDATION

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

ABOUT THE MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP FOR YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State a conversation at #YALl2018. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute at CAU, please contact Mesfin Bezuneh at mbezuneh@cau.edu or 404-880-6274.