Message from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees
March 26, 2014
Dear Tuskegee University Community:
As we enter the spring of the 2013-2014 academic year we reflect on the experiences, lessons and opportunities gained with each changing season. There have been many changes and much progress since Charter Day Convocation and Homecoming when we hosted Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Bill Cosby, on campus.
Tuskegee University was built on a strong and powerful foundation, which we are proud to carry on today. Since our founding, students have developed and demonstrated leadership skills. This past January, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, came to Tuskegee University and delivered an eloquent and insightful speech on leadership in the 21st Century.
Leadership means working to ensure all people have an equal opportunity to succeed. Two of our founding fathers, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver, exemplified this by developing the concept of a mobile school aimed at educating rural farmers throughout Alabama. Today, we carry on the tradition of bringing the world to Tuskegee and Tuskegee to the world through activities such as our Brimmer Forum on Education, Economic Growth and Opportunity that examined solutions to the widening economic gap in our country.
We were also pleased to host our returning veterinary professionals, scientists, students and other medical professionals for the Annual Veterinary Medical Symposium, which this year focused on “Bridging the Gap: Veterinary Medical Education, Practice and Research.”
We look forward to hosting our annual Tuskegee University Business and Engineering (TUBE) Conference April 7-9 where students, alumni, and industry leaders will explore important topics vital to career development, and build lasting relationships.
On April 6th we will celebrate our 97th Annual Founder’s Day. With thousands of alumni, university personnel, students, and community members together on campus, we will pay homage to Tuskegee University’s founder and first president, Booker T. Washington. Built by the hands of students and professors, the history of Tuskegee University is deeply rooted in our own spirit, leadership and strong will.
As champions of this institution, our paramount task is identifying the next president of Tuskegee University who embraces the principles of our founder and embodies the spirit we all feel as soon as we step foot on campus or take a walk past Grey Columns. We are continuing to move forward in this critical effort.
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, we will come together to honor the commitment and achievements of this year’s graduating class at the Daniel "Chappie" James Center. Like so many before them, Tuskegee University graduates will reflect on their academic journeys and begin a new phase in their life ahead as leaders in their communities and industries.
New horizons are upon us and I hope you will join me in embracing this new season with enthusiasm.
Charles E. Williams, MG, USA (Ret.)
Tuskegee University Board of Trustees