FAMU President Robinson’s Statement Regarding Transition in University Advancement


Today, I met with Florida A&M University’s Vice President of University Advancement George Cotton and his staff to introduce FAMU’s School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., as the interim vice president for University Advancement.

I am excited that Dr. Friday-Stroud has agreed to serve in this capacity. She is respected throughout the realm of higher education and FAMU. I have had an opportunity to observe and work with her on several important initiatives, including helping to secure the School of Business and Industry’s first accreditation, serving as the University Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and co-chairing the workgroup that led the development of the University’s strategic plan, “FAMU Rising.” She knows firsthand the importance of the FAMU Foundation’s fundraising mission and has extensive relationships with corporate and individual donors.

The University will launch a search for a permanent vice president of University Advancement immediately. Dr. Friday-Stroud leaves the School of Business and Industry in the capable hands of Dr. Hudson Nwakanma, who brings over 20 years of teaching and service in higher education to his new role.