Acting president shares success tips with students


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 6, 2013) — Dr. Matthew Jenkins, Tuskegee University’s acting president, officially introduced himself to the student body during a town hall today. The dialogue, held in the University Chapel, also outlined some of Jenkins’ plans for Tuskegee’s future. Later, there was a question and answer session with students. 

After an introduction by Tuskegee University Student Government Association President, Kyle Spencer, Jenkins shared his insights about what it took to be successful in life and in business. He said having a friendly and positive attitude was an important attribute. 

“You have to maximize everything you’ve got,” Jenkins said. “When you walk out of your home or your dormitory, you’re walking on a stage.”

He said it was important that the university take a holistic approach to preparing its graduates for the global community. He said students should be exposed to study abroad opportunities and be open to learning a vast array of subjects. He encouraged students to be cognizant of their health and make smart decisions about their food choices. He also said students, during their time here, should learn how to carry themselves with dignity and dress for success. 

“There’s much more to life than just books,” Jenkins said. 

He said it was also important that students write down their goals and have a game plan for what they want out of life. He also said taking pride in their work and learning to listen would be skills that could take them far in life. 

“Do it well, if you’re going to do it,” Jenkins said. “Be confident in your ability to succeed.”

After Jenkins’ remarks, Mohammad Bhuiyan, the vice president for institutional advancement, made announcements about changes that will improve the student experience such as extending post office hours. He also called for students to aid the administration in making the university better. He urged students to point out problems and help solve them.

He urged students to look for areas that can be improved and asked them to come up with at least two alternative solutions.

Acting President Jenkins at student forum.

Vice President Bhuiyan gives remarks to students.

Student asks question.

© 2013 Tuskegee University

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