Listen below to an interview with the president of Savannah State University, Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier.
The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Savannah State University in Savannah, GA as the August 2013 School of the Month.
The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, chose Savannah State as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
Savannah State University, founded in 1890, is the oldest public HBCU in Georgia. It is also the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.
For 123 years, Savannah State has served its community while providing educational needs to its increasingly diverse student population.
Originally named Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, the university was located in Athens, Georgia in 1891. Savannah State moved to its permanent location in Savannah on October 7, 1891.
Savannah State offers many opportnities for its students to be involved on campus and in the community. Academically, the university offers 22 baccalaureate majors and degrees and four graduate.
The university’s mission states that “Savannah State University will become the institution of choice in our region, where students maximize their potential in a nurturing environment that embraces social and intellectual diversity.”
The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: September – Grambling State University, Grambling, LA; October – North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC; November – Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS.