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Moss-Smith, Neal recognized by national Title III association

November 16, 2017

Contact:  Michael Tullier, APR
Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Jeanette Moss-Smith stand with Omari Neal
Moss-Smith and Neal

Two of Tuskegee University’s own were recognized recently by the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators Inc. (HBCUT3A) for their leadership and academic achievements.

At HBCUT3A’s semi-annual conference in September, Jeanette Moss-Smith, the director of Tuskegee’s HBCU, HBGI and SAFRA Title III programs, was installed as a member-at-large, and Omari Drenee’ Neal, a junior studying communications, received one of its 2017-18 scholarships.

As a member-at-large, Moss-Smith, who has worked with the university’s Title III programs for more than a decade, will serve a two-year term on the organization’s Executive Committee. Through her service, she hopes to help initiate programs that bring a greater sense of education, transparency and professionalism to university leaders overseeing Title III programs.

“Most Title III administrators learn about their role and duties while on the job,” Moss-Smith noted. “Better training and professional development will help these professionals maintain accountability among the regulatory and legal agencies that oversee their work, as well as help themselves and the universities they represent avoid undue scrutiny.”

Neal, a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, and a junior majoring in communications and minoring in business, received one of HBCUT3A’s $1,000 scholarships. Forty applicants vied for the organization’s 15 available scholarships, which included five $1,000 scholarships, and 10 $500 scholarships. To be eligible, applicants must have had at least a 2.5 grade point average and submit an application package that included a 700-word essay about their life and career goals, community service and the impact the scholarship will have on funding their academic progress.

Outside of her studies, Neal is active with the Golden Voices Concert Choir, and in addition to singing, she is putting her academic skills to work by chairing its Communications Committee. Upon graduation, she hopes to land a career as a broadcast journalist or a social media communications manager.

“I appreciate this financial support afforded to me to further my education,” Neal said. “This generous financial assistance will assist me in reaching my ultimate career goals.”

The National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators Inc. is a nonprofit association representing the general concerns of administrators of Title III, Part B Projects. Its purpose is to provide professional development, information, technical assistance and advocacy to help advance and strengthen HBCU, SAFRA and HBGI programs authorized under the Higher Education Act. For more information about the organization, visit

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