Tuskegee University establishes research foundation


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 20, 2012) – A non-profit corporation, the Tuskegee University Foundation, has been launched to help the university accomplish its mission and future goals. The board, chaired by Tuskegee alumnus and donor, Matthew Jenkins, DVM, had its initial meeting Monday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. After several university staff presentations on Tuskegee’s current research, the board discussed budgets and future plans and goals.

The Tuskegee University Foundation will help raise funds and enable innovation in support of Tuskegee University’s instructional, research and engagement mission.

“The foundation’s primary objective will be to enhance the university’s capacity with respect to research and development contracts and subcontracts, to enable commercialization of intellectual property and to assist the university in sustainable management of off-campus fixed assets,” said Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president.

Tuskegee University Foundation board members:

Deborah Honore’ Crews, CEO of Crews Enterprises
Kevin P. Green, industry leader for IBM’s Global Business Services’ Department of Defense and Intelligence Community business
Matthew Jenkins, CEO of SDD Enterprises, Inc.
Irving W. McConnell, CEO of The McConnell Group
Felker Ward, CEO, Pinnacle Investment Advisors
Gilbert L. Rochon, Tuskegee University president (ex officio)

Foundation staff:
Mohammad Bhuiyan, vice president, Tuskegee University Office of Innovation and Sustainable Development

© 2012 Tuskegee University

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