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Thursday, September 3, 2009


Hugine joins AAMU following an extensive career in higher education that highlighted both academia and administration. He earned the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from South Carolina State University, followed by the Master of Education degree in mathematics from the same institution. He went on to complete studies leading toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education/institutional research from Michigan State University.
His lengthy career began as an instructor at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, S.C., from 1971-72. He returned to serve his Alma Mater for three years in the capacities of director of the Special Services Program (1972-73) and director of the University Year for Action Program (1972-75). While pursuing his doctoral studies, Hugine concurrently served as a teaching assistant (1975-76) and later as an institutional research analyst/assistant professor (1976-78) at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
He returned again to South Carolina State University and nobly served in the following positions: Research Fellow, 1978-79; Assistant Director of the Self-Study, 1978-79; Director of the Institutional Self-Study, 1979-80; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1980-86; Professor of Mathematics, 1986-2003; and Interim Executive Vice President (2002-03), a position that thrusted him into service as the Chief Operating Officer for the university.
From 2003-08, Dr. Hugine culminated his 30-year affiliation with South Carolina State University as its President. During his brief but productive administration, he was credited with the construction of a major residence facility and the preparations for a massive complex to house the University’s new School of Engineering.
James Isreal of Lancaster, S.C., says he was the “strong-minded and strong-willed” Student Government Association president who served during part of Hugine’s presidency at SCSU.
“I also knew him as a math professor,” recalls Isreal. “Hugine is efficient, effective, highly intelligent, down-to-earth, very approachable and has wonderful ideas.”
While at SCSU, Hugine also began a number of renovations to the dining facility, the administration building, the science building and other facilities.
A major highlight of Hugine’s administration at SCSU was the acquisition by the institution of the first debate of the 2008 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Debate Series at the campus’ Martin Luther King Auditorium. The event also marked the first such distinction by a historically black college or university.
As the 11th President of land-grant Alabama A&M University, Hugine joins a distinguished group of ten previous leaders and four interim administrators who have served in the coveted post since its founding in 1875. Dr. Hugine and his wife Abbiegail have an adult son and daughter.

Executive Order

Alabama A&M University-Normal, Alabama
Office of the President -Andrew Hugine, Jr. , Ph.D.
August 20, 2009

Rationale: The University must effect significant reductions in its operating expenses in order to address the revenue loss due to proration. Consequently, cost savings measures, greater efficiency in operations, and stricter adherence and monitoring of existing university policies are
imperative. The Executive Orders which follow represent ongoing efforts to address the shortfall. Every member of the Alabama A&M family is asked to be prudent and judicious in the exercise of fiscal responsibilities. Each person will be held accountable for his/her action with regards to the
Executive Order. Full cooperation of each employee at the university is requested and expected.

1. Positions
A moratorium is placed on all personnel actions except those designated as critical to the continued function of the university as determined by the President. No positions may be advertised or
filled without the expressed written approval of the president. The need for the position must be well documented and justified. Positions supported from externally funded sources are excluded from this proviso.

2. State Funded AND TITLE III Consultant Positions
All state funded and Title III consultant positions will be terminated on September 30, 2009. To re-instate the position, a written justification must be provided and written approval provided
by the president.

3. Moratorium on institutionally funded scholarships
Effective immediately, no further commitments may be made for institutionally funded student scholarships, pending a review of criteria and financial impact. Excluded are athletic scholarships
which are required under NCAA requirements and scholarships funded from external sources. No student currently receiving scholarship support will be impacted by this moratorium, provided they continue to satisfactorily meet the conditions of their scholarship award.

4. Cell Phones
Cell phones are for official university purposes only. The use and need for all cell phones issued on the campus will be reviewed. Effective immediately, no further cell phones will be issued until
the review of the use and the policy is completed. The moratorium does not relate to cell phones funded from external sources and cell phones approved by the president.

5. Overtime, Overload and Supplemental Pay
Effective immediately, no overtime, overload, or supplemental pay may be granted without the expressed written approval of the president. For overtime, the justification must include the alternatives considered to paying overtime, why a staggered work schedule could not have accommodated the request and/or other appropriate rationale for the overtime. For overloads, the complete teaching load of the professor being recommended with the enrollment for each course as
well as the teaching load of each professor in the department with enrollment in the respective course(s) must be provided. Teaching loads will be reviewed consistent with the workload policy as
delineated in the Faculty/Administrative Handbook. For supplemental pay, detailed justification for the need to provide the pay and the cost savings to the university must be provided.

6. Outside employment
All employees will be required to complete and submit a form verifying and describing any outside employment including work with university affiliated entities or verification that they have no
outside employment. The form must be signed and submitted to the Office of Human Resources on or before September 15, 2009. A signed form indicating outside employment or verifying no outside employment is required before the Personnel Action Form is submitted for the FY 2010 fiscal year. Without this form, the employee will not be entered into the university’s payroll system and a payroll check will not be generated. The form is available on the website of the Office of Human Resources.

Friday, August 14, 2009



Robert Avery Trustee Avery is serving his fifth term on the Gadsden (Ala.) City Council. The Certified Municipal Official (CMO) and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company retiree chairs the Finance Committee. The father of two boasts numerous affiliations, including Vision, Inc. (Chief Executive Officer), The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Advisory Committee, Etowah County Chapter of Alabama New South Coalition, Inc. (President), NAACP, SCLC, Alabama Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (past board member) and numerous others.

Dr. Raymond Burse Trustee Raymond Burse holds a law degree from Harvard University. He was also a Rhodes Scholar, and spent two years at England's Oxford University, where he majored in organic chemistry. Vice president and general counsel for GE Consumer and Industrial in Louisville, Ky., Burse was president of Kentucky State from 1982 to 1989. He spent 10 years as an associate and a partner in the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Louisville.

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Mr. Michael Butler
Mr. Butler heads the Student Government Association. He is a native of the St. Louis area, majoring in Management and minoring in Mathematics.

Dr. Rory Fraser Trustee Fraser, the Faculty Senate representative, is a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Fraser directs the Center for Forest Ecosystems Assessment. He earned the Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and his research interests include the identification and addressing of forestland owners’ needs, entrepreneurship in the forestry sector, community forestry and forest-based economic development.

Emma J. Melton A retired biology teacher with the Tuscaloosa City School System, Trustee Melton earned the B.S. degree in biology from Alabama A&M University. She pursued further study at Tuskegee University, the University of Florida, University of Alabama and the University of Central Florida. For decades, she has been intensely involved in the community affairs of Tuscaloosa, Ala., most notably through membership in the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society, League of Women Voters, The Links, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Girl Scouts of America and numerous other civic organizations and professional associations.

James Montgomery James D. Montgomery, Sr. is President/CEO of Aliza’s Cookies, Inc. Montgomery served as Systems Analyst, Management Analyst, Interim Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, General Manager, Chief Organizational Development Consultant and interim Comptroller for the Department of Army prior to retiring in 1994. He served eight years on the Anniston City Council and has been appointed to several national and international boards. Trustee Montgomery received his B.S. degree from Alabama A&M University and M.S. Degree from Jacksonville State University. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force’s prestigious Military Comptroller School (Montgomery, AL) and the Army’s graduate level Organizational Effectiveness Program (Ft. Ord, CA). He has attended Gestalt Institute located in Cleveland, OH. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

L. Shefton Riggins Alabama A&M University graduate L. Shefton Riggins serves as President Pro Tempore of the Board of Trustees. The Birmingham-area cardiovascular surgeon has been a surgeon in the Baptist Health System for more than 20 years and has performed about 4,000 open heart surgeries. He is the former chief of surgery at Baptist Princeton and former director of cardiac surgery there.

Martha Lynn Sherrod Judge Martha Lynn Sherrod is a native Alabamian, and a product of the Alabama Public School System. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston, Houston, Tex. She completed her last year of law school at the University of Alabama as a transient student. Judge Sherrod was appointed District Judge in 1999, and she was elected for a full term in 2000 in a partisan election. She was the first person of African descent to win an at-large election in North Alabama. Before joining the State Court, Judge Sherrod served her community as Presiding Municipal Judge, Assistant District Attorney, private practitioner, and she taught criminal justice at Alabama A&M University.

Velma Tribue Trustee Tribue heads the Velma J. Tribue State Farm Insurance Agency. She is a graduate of both Alabama State University and The Ohio State University. Tribue also serves on several boards such as the Dothan Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, the Wiregrass United Way Board of Directors, and the Southeast Alabama Medical Center's Women's Advisory Council. 4900 Meridian Street, Normal, AL 35762 | Campus Operator - (256) 372-5000 | Undergraduate Admissions - (256) 372-5245 | Graduate Admissions - (256) 372-5266

Dr. Beverly C. Edmond assumed the position of Interim President at Alabama A&M University in April of 2008. Prior to assuming this position Dr. Edmond served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the university; an appointment she assumed in 2006. 

Dr. Edmond has served as a leadership development and diversity management consultant to more than 75 federal, state, local and non-profit organizations. Currently, she serves on the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review (PAR) an d she has held similar positions with several other journals in her field. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Albany State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration from Georgia State University.

2008 - Dr. Beverly Edmond begins service as Interim President.
Welcome to the Greatest University in the World! Not even a site as comprehensive as this one can capture all the splendor and nuances that make Alabama A&M University such a fascinating place for scholarly pursuits, meaningful research, prolific civic engagement, winning athletics and proud employment. 

Moreover, with nearly 6,000 students, the University offers an impressive four doctoral programs in the areas of food science, physics, plant and soil science, and reading/literacy. Thus, the forthright commitment to research is evident not only in the significant amount of research dollars generated each year, but also by the awards student scholars earn from their participation in regional and national conferences, seminars and workshops,
Please continue to browse AAMU’s Web pages for information on the many facets of the collegiate experience and the vastness of curricular, athletic and outreach offerings. If we can provide any additional information or assistance, feel free to contact us. Our mantra continues to be Service is Sovereignty!

Dr. Beverly Edmond

Vital - Vice President

2006 - Dr. Robert R. Jennings
10th President in January.

First Presidential Medallion awarded to entrepreneur Randal Pinkston.

Massive presidential community outreach effort begins.

Washington Monthly lists AAMU as one of the Top 30 national universities.

Student VIP dining area started.

Winter Commencement established.

Tuskegee Airmen honored.

2008 - Board votes to terminate Jennings.


Dr. John T. Gibson
9th President

AAMU launches Councill Challenge Campaign. Football returns to campus.

1997-Unified Cooperative Extension System unveils new logo. Patrick Grayson makes USA Today All-USA Academic First Team. Filmmaker Spike Lee visits. AAMU joins Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC). AAMU welcomes first Nobel Laureate for the Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture in Physics. AAMU removed from SACS probation; NCAA sanctions reduced significantly 1998-Ryan Swain makes USA Today All- USA Academic First Team. Nobel Laureate series begins under coordnation of physicist Ravi B. Lal.

1999-AAMU Research Institute started. 2000-AAMU observes its 125th anniversary celebration in January.

2001-AAMU’s fundraising efforts earn it the distinction of lead institution in the Tom Joyner Foundation/HBCU program. First Black-Tie Scholarship Ball held. Accreditation announced and earth work begins on new School of Engineering and Technology; library renovations underway; athletic complex expands.

2002-Learning Resources Center renovations completed. Engineering and Technology building erected. Social Work re-accredited. Forestry gains national accreditation. Normal Hill renovations extensive. Councill Challenge Campaign goal reached.

2003 - New School of Engineering and Technology Building opens for classes in January. Mary Frances Berry addresses Commencement. Fourth doctoral program in Reading/Literacy announced. AAMU researchers study volcanic ash in Montserrat. HSCaRS hosts study on interaction between land surface and the atmosphere. AAMU offers training on multi-million dollar EDS software. Normalite Ruben Studdard named “American Idol.” Robert Mathis joins Indianapolis Colts.

2004 - Councill Federal Credit Union celebrates 50th anniversary. Councill Memorial Statue unveiled in October.

2005 - Following Gibson's resignation in February, Dr. Virginia Caples again was appointed as interim President. Gibson continues service to the University as University Professor of Higher Education Management and Finance.

AMMU 1984 - 1996

1984-Dr. Douglas Covington Sixth president. 1985-AAMU signs memorandum of understanding with Kansas State University/USAID. 1986-Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm addressed "Women's Week" activities. University announced approval of Ph.D. program in physics. Department of Mathematics received NASA research grant. 1987-Dr. Carl Harris Marbury Interim president.

1989-Carl Harris Marbury Seventh president.

1990-The University holds its first Grand Reunion, initiated by Dr. Carl Harris Marbury and Georgia S. Valrie, Director of Alumni Affairs. 1991-Board of Trustees named Dr. Alan Lee Keyes Interim President.

1992-Dr. David Bernard Henson
Eighth President.

First AAMU Athletic Hall of Fame induction held. 1994-Mamie Labon Foster Student Living/ Learning Complex erected. First African- American Ph.D. recipients in physics. Alum Howard Ballard joins Seattle Seahawks. University's SACS accreditation reaffirmed. 1995-Groundbreaking held for new school of business facility; stadium and residence hall construction begins. Master of Social Work Program accepts first students. Dr. Virginia Caples, vice president for academic affairs, becomes the first woman to head (interim) the University in the school's 120-year history1996


1962-Richard David Morrison
Fifth president.

1963-AAMU becomes fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

1969-State Board of Education adopts a resolution to change name to Alabama A&M University.

1970-Office of Alumni Affairs established. Phillip L. Redrick became first director.

1975-University observed Centennial. Elmore Health Sciences Building constructed.

1977-Volleyball for women began. NCAA soccer championship.

1981-Desegregation case began.