About Fort Valley State University:
Fort Valley State University, founded in 1896, is one of few colleges founded by former salves. On November 6, 1895, an interracial group of 15 black men— at least half of whom were former slaves— and three white men, petitioned the Superior Court of Houston County, GA to legalize the creation of a school. Two months later, Fort Valley High and Industrial School was incorporated. Much of the funding did not come from the state but from the African American community.
Through the years Fort Valley made waves by producing teachers, empowering farmers, and healing the sick. The leaders had a concern and commitment to the surrounding area in rural Georgia. They worked to address the needs of the community through education.
Located in Fort Valley, Georgia, the school was named Fort Valley State College as a result of Georgia’s higher education efforts in 1922. On June 12, 1996, the institution became Fort Valley State University.
FVSU prides itself in being the number one producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture in the state of Georgia. Today the university is the second largest land-grant institution. FVSU has a current student population of approximately 2,450, more than 50 baccalaureate programs and master programs in education and counseling.
Throughout the history of Fort Valley State, unique leaders stepped up to the plate. Learn more about their leading figures on FVSU’s website.