Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer


The faculty and staff of the Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science celebrate the life and legacy of its namesake, Dr. Andrew F. Brimmer.  Born into a life of challenge, Brimmer grew to epitomize the words of President Booker T. Washington, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life... as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” 

A man of many ‘firsts,’ Dr. Brimmer was the tenth African-American to graduate from Harvard with a degree in economics.  As the first African-American appointed to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Brimmer used his appointment as a platform to illuminate economic disparities in underserved populations.  His passion for social justice through economic indicators has become a lasting part of his legacy.

In his service to Tuskegee University, Dr. Brimmer made a substantial gift to help erect the building that houses its College of Business and Information Science (CBIS) and bears the name of this economic giant.

“His jovial demeanor, gregarious wisdom, and thought provoking debate will be missed.  His lessons in high professional standards and profound qualities of heart and mind will continue to thrive in the students he has taught, the professionals he has mentored, and the policy he has impacted” says CBIS Dean Tejinder Sara.

We extend heartfelt condolences to Dr. Brimmer’s family during this time of transition.

President Rochon and Board of Trustees Chairman Charles E. Williams present Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus Andrew F. Brimmer (center) with a Doctor of Laws degree.

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