FAMU alumni president visits city

Tommy Mitchell Sr., left, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association, with G.W. Mingo, president of the Alachua County FAMU Alumni Association. (Special to the Guardian)

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

Tommy Mitchell Sr., president of the FAMU national alumni association, was the guest speaker earlier this month at the monthly meeting of the Alachua County FAMU Alumni Association.

The meeting was held at Caring and Sharing Learning School. Mitchell lives in Tallahassee.

Mitchell discussed the hazing death last year of FAMU band member Robert Champion and debunked the notion that a dark cloud is hanging over FAMU.

He also talked about the attention FAMU has been getting due to the negative publicity, but also highlighted some of the good news the university has to share as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Mitchell said FAMU has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report, a national magazine, as the No. 1 public HBCU in the nation and that is also is being recognized as the No. 1 producer of bachelor's degrees by African-American students.

An appeal was made by Mitchell to increase alumni membership and he stressed the fact that graduates should become life members because dues paid by life members are invested by the national association and earn interest. A question-and-answer session followed.

The meeting was opened by Jesse Heard, vice president of the group. G.W. Mingo, president, introduced Mitchell and chaplain Mary Lewis provided the prayer.

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