It was a big night for Alabama A&M University at the annual HBCU Digest Awards at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, Maryland.
HBCU representatives from around the nation packed the museum in hopes of winning an award. AAMU was a finalist for Board of Trustees of the Year, Male President of the Year and National Alumni Association of the Year.
Alabama A&M walked away with Male President of the Year, an honor bestowed to President Andrew Hugine Jr.
“I am certainly grateful to be named Male President of the Year by HBCU Digest,” Hugine said. “However, I am even more grateful to have a tremendous team at Alabama A&M and a wife that has supported me over the length of my career.”
Hugine was joined by members of the AAMU board, alumni and colleagues. Board President Pro Tempore Dr. Jerome B. Williams said, “President Hugine has done a tremendous job of turning the institution around. We have made significant strides in a number of key areas, including fiscal stability, fundraising, enrollment, capital improvements and expansion of academic programs. There is no president more deserving of this accomplishment.”
AAMU’s accomplishments over the last year include:
• #1 producer of STEM graduates in Alabama
• Enrollment growth to more than 6,100 students
• Opened new residence hall after securing $96 million capital financing loan
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• Secured first state appropriation for capital improvements in the last 20 years
• $5 million raised in private support
• 11.6% alumni giving rate, which remains consistently above the national average
• Record $500,000 raised for annual scholarship gala
• Expanded endowment to approximately $50 million
• Increased salaries campus-wide to ensure market competitiveness
• Top 10 distinction as a military-friendly institution
Hugine is a South Carolina State University graduate who served as the ninth president of S.C. State from May 2003 until December 2007. He began his service at Alabama A&M in 2009.