Former Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes to speak during Founder’s Day


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 22, 2012) — Marvalene Hughes, the sixth and first female president of  Dillard University in  New Orleans will serve as the keynote speaker during Tuskegee University’s 95th Annual Founder’s Day Convocation on Sunday, April 1. The convocation will be held in the University Chapel at 9:30 a.m.

Hughes began her tenure at Dillard in 2005 and retired in 2011. During her six years of leadership, she helped to guide the university through post-Hurricane Katrina campus rebuilding and remodeling efforts. The historic 55-acre campus sustained more than $400 million in damage. Under Hughes’ leadership, Dillard also opened a new state-of-the-art Professional Schools and Sciences Building, and its first student union.

Prior to her time at Dillard, Hughes served as the president of California State University Stanislaus for 11 years, where she was credited with increasing enrollment by 40 percent, fundraising by 416 percent and capital construction by 41 percent.

Hughes has a Ph.D. in administration and counseling from Florida State University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University.

She has been the recipient of several honorary degrees, including the Doctor of Humane Letters from Tuskegee University.

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