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Table of Contents

FAMU President’s Letter.....................................................................................4

FAMU NAA President’s Letter..........................................................................5

FAMU NAA Executive Director Letter............................................................6

FAMU NAA Brief History..................................................................................7

FAMU NAA Executive Board Officers.............................................................9

FAMU NAA Appointed Officers & Special Appointments........................13

FAMU NAA President’s Biography................................................................14

Florida Region....................................................................................................16

Southern Region.................................................................................................24

Northeast Region...............................................................................................30

Midwest Region..................................................................................................34

Far West Region.................................................................................................38

Affinity Chapters................................................................................................44

FAMU NAA Fundraising Cruise.....................................................................47

2019 FAMU NAA National Convention........................................................48

2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards..............................................................60

FAMU NAA 2020 Budget Report...................................................................65

Thank you President Clark...............................................................................68

Join the FAMU NAA..........................................................................................70

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Dear President Clark:

October 16, 2020

I am thankful for your tremendous leadership, commitment and support of Florida A&M University as

President of the National Alumni Association.

Alumni are the products of the University’s work and your energetic drive to galvanize their support has been

one of the catalysts in moving FAMU forward.

As we operate through uncertain times caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the support of the NAA

has, as always, remained strong. Your efforts in leading the “Save Our Students” campaign are laudable.

More than 500 FAMU students have benefitted and were enabled to cross the “finish line” because of this

support.

Your support, and the NAA’s efforts, have helped us to become the Highest Ranked Public HBCU in America

as recognized by US News and World Report.

Your vision has not gone unnoticed. The NAA has been recognized by national media outlets, including

Ebony and Newsweek magazines. You were named the HBCU National Alumni Association President of

the Year and also recognized as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Even more important has been your unselfish support of FAMU students realizing their dreams of a college

education. Under your leadership, the NAA has experienced tremendous growth and expansion, an increase

in revenues, alumni engagement and student recruitment. Additionally, your support and interaction on our

governmental affairs efforts have resulted in tremendous legislative gains for the University.

It is my esteemed honor to work with you on behalf of FAMU students, who go on to become alumni and

supporters of the University. As your tenure as NAA President comes to an end, I am thankful for your

leadership and commitment.

We are grateful for all you have done for your alma mater, or as you like to say, “Mother FAMU!”

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Larry Robinson, Ph.D.

President

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President’s Message

Dear Rattler Nation,

Thank you for your unwavering support of Florida A&M University, and for

helping to make 2018-2019 another successful year for the Florida A&M

University National Alumni Association.

Dedication, Honor & Service are the hallmarks that define our association. Since

1901, the members who embody what is known all over the world as the FAMU

National Association, have taken on the role as guardians of the Orange & Green

Legacy.

Our association continues to excel in the areas of advocacy, student recruitment,

fundraising, and membership recruitment.

Your association continues to recruit more than one half of the incoming

freshman to the university and the Renowned FAMU NAA Save Our Students

(SOS) Scholarship, has provided more than $500,000 in support of more than

600 students.

On behalf of the Executive Board and the more 75 chapters worldwide I want to

express my appreciation to all you do to support “Mother FAMU.” Go Rattlers!

Col. Gregory L. Clark’93, President

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Greetings President Clark:

Moments of reflection offer a platform for us to ponder the journey we

call life. Today, in this moment, we struggle to navigate through one of the

most perilous seasons of pandemic of our time. Despite the challenges, I

still believe there is a light which radiates many positives. The Florida A&M

University National Alumni Association is among them. The FAMU NAA

has been hailed as, “one of the most progressive alumni associations in the

crown jewels of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Many of the

accolades garnered by the FAMU NAA in our recent history have been under your impressive

leadership as its 18th President.

President Clark, you have proven yourself to be the fresh face of energetic alumni leadership

in the new millennium. You are a charismatic, disciplined, visionary, with an impressive track

record of dedicated service to our country. Your unwavering commitment to the students of

Florida A&M University is attributed to your meteoric rise in the FAMU community. Your

trendsetting ideals resulted in the establishment of the 2016 Save Our Students initiative which

has truly lived up to the acronym, S.O.S.! Since its inception, more than 500 students have

benefited from this great fiscal assist to help them realize their dreams of matriculating and

ultimately graduating from our beloved FAMU. You have led the charge in other alumni

spaces to accelerate membership growth, while strengthening revenue streams, bolstering

alumni engagement, expanding student recruitment missions and reinforcing the FAMU NAA

Governmental Affairs Network.

You have been applauded on the national stage in Ebony Magazine which highlighted the top

careers for African Americans in the new millennium. You were spotlighted in Newsweek

Magazine. I stood with great pride with other alumni leaders to witness your acknowledgment

as the HBCU National Alumni Association President of the Year; and become the Mid-

Eastern Athletic Conference Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Your credentials have earned

you recognition as a pacesetter for alumni leadership an availed opportunities to share your

perspectives in conversations at universities across the country.

I can honestly say I am humbled to work “in lock step,” with you because I admire the fact

that you walk the talk. You firmly believe FAMU Alumni have a charge to keep as guardians

of the legacy of this great institution; and to secure the future for FAMUans to come. Sir, as

you walk into the golden orange sunset of your tenure; you can bask in the realization that

your prestigious legacy was solidified and fueled by Prayer, Patience and Perseverance in your

mission to always Protect, in your words, “Mother FAMU.” Thank you for your outstanding

service President Clark. We speak your name now an in the years to come!

Sincerely,

Carmen Cummings

Assistant Vice President

University Engagement/Alumni Affairs

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The History of the

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Since the first five students graduated from the State Normal School for Colored

Students in 1892, approximately 75,000 alumni have migrated all over this state,

this nation and abroad. The success and significant accomplishments of these

graduates are manifestations of the quality of their development at Florida

A&M University (FAMU) and FAMU’s legacy of progressing and making the

essential adjustments to meet the ever-changing demands of society.

The Alumni Association was first organized in 1901 with Elias G. Evans, from

Live Oak & the class of 1895 as president with a mission of helping to secure the

Carnegie Library as well as raising funds for books. Under the next president

in 1907, Everett Jones, class of 1895, the alumni association became a more

statewide organization.

During the Association’s century of existence, the FAMU National Alumni

Association has provided the kind of leadership that has helped to create

a spirit in alumni that is second to no other university in America.

Alumni involvement in image building, student recruitment, fundraising,

governmental relations and other vital supportive activities has been essential

to the welfare and survival of our alma mater. The Association has been led by

eighteen strong alumni presidents from 1901 to the present. The eighteen (18)

presidents are: Elias G. Evans, Everett B. Jones, Samuel Coleman, Everett Rolfe,

Lucille Coleman, Horace D. Goode, Charles Wilson, James Gant, Leonard W.

Johnson, Moses General Miles, Joseph L. Webster, Herman Davis, Nathaniel

Pilate, Bernard Kinsey, Carolyn Collins, Alvin Bryant, Tommy Mitchell Sr., and

current president, Col. Gregory L. Clark.

Under the leadership of these outstanding presidents, the Alumni Association

has assisted FAMU in a variety of ways:

• Alumni concern and very adamant support for the “autonomy and

viability“ of Florida A&M University as a predominantly black institution

are credited with helping to prevent a merger of Florida A&M with

predominantly white Florida State University.

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• In 1981, the Association, together with the University, organized a $10

million endowment campaign to celebrate the University’s 100th year in

1987. The endowment total is currently over $100 million.

• Alumni donations have shown approximate growth from $100 in 1913

to over $1 million in 2010.

• In 2016, the FAMU NAA raised over $715,128 at the Annual Convention

Fundraiser Breakfast in Tampa, Florida.

From these historical glimpses of alumni involvement, it is apparent that a

major portion of the welfare of our alma mater, for the first 100 years, rested

largely upon the shoulders of alumni. Our challenge for the next 100 years

is urgent and irresistible, if our university is to continue its progress. Alumni

must “rise up” and provide the kind of support that will ensure Florida A&M

University remains a viable and autonomous institution.

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The Executive Board

President First Vice President Second Vice President Third Vice President

Col. Gregory L. Clark Dr. James L. Moran Patricia A. Shaw Mary H. Smith

Recording Secretary Treasurer Financial Secretary Corresponding Secretary

Angelia Williams Lanette R. Jones Karla Johnson Harris

Artisha R. Polk

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The Executive Board

Florida Regional

Vice President

Southern Regional

Vice President

Northeast Regional

Vice President

Midwest Regional

Vice President

William Youmans III

Yolanda L. Pinkard

Artisha R. Polk

Guy Schley

Far West Regional

Vice President

Florida Region

Member-at-Large

Southern Region

Member-at-Large

Northeast Region

Member-at-Large

Van L. Russ Floyd Hill Xavier Durden

BG (Ret.) Leroy C. Bell

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The Executive Board

Midwest Region

Member-at-Large

Far West Region

Member-at-Large

General Counsel

Parliamentarian

Jason Robinson

Nannette Williams Reginald J. Mitchell, Esq. Howard Burton

Sergeant-at-Arms Publicity Director Chaplain

FAMU President’s

Designee

Curtis E. Johnson, Jr. C. Denise Hendricks Keith L. Shannon

TBD

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

The Executive Board

FAMU BOT

Chairman’s Designee

FAMU SGA

President

FAMU Student

NAA President

FAMU NAA

Immediate Past President

Robert Woody Xavier McClinton Calvin L. Sykes Tommy Mitchell, Sr.

FAMU OAA

Senior Executive Director

Carmen Cummings-Martin

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

2019-2020

Appointed Officers & Special Appointments

Assistant Corresponding Secretary............................................. Morgan Culler

Assistant Recording Secretary...............................................................Joy Lewis

Assistant Treasurer..........................................................................................TBD

Assistant Financial Secretary......................................................Tiara Robinson

Assistant General Counsel..........................................................Kisha’sha Sharp

Chief of Staff............................................................................... Charles Lewis III

Assistant to the President Fiscal Affairs...................................... Juanita Moore

Assistant to the President Fiscal Affairs................................... Regina Gardner

Standing Committee Chairs

Budget & Finance Committee.................................... Reginald J. Mitchell Esq.

Membership Recruitment...........................................................Sharon Duncan

Governmental Affairs...........................................................Dr. Carolyn Collins

Constitution & Bylaws.................................................................Kisha’sha Sharp

Financial Aid & Scholarship............................................................. Doris Hicks

Student Recruitment........................................................................Patricia Shaw

Audit..................................................................................................... Tonya Ware

Media & Technology.........................................................Dr. Stephen Roberson

Image Building & Public Relations...................................C. Denise Hendricks

Fundraising......................................................................................... Mary Smith

Special Committee Chairs

National Convention................................................................. Dr. James Moran

Distinguished Alumni Awards......................................................... Doris Hicks

History.......................................................................................................... Vacant

Time & Place.............................................................................. Charles Lewis III

Student National Alumni.................................................................Calvin Sykes

Class Reunion....................................................................... Carmen Cummings

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

18th President

Col. Gregory L. Clark

Colonel Gregory L. Clark is the 18th President of the Florida A&M University National

Alumni Association (FAMU NAA). He was elected December 2015, and is one of the

youngest alumni in recent years elected to sit at the helm of leadership of this prestigious

association.

The FAMU NAA has witnessed numerous successes under Clark’s leadership in his first year

as President. He launched the Save Our Students (S.O.S.) Program in early February 2016.

Nearly $300,000 in S.O.S. funds have been donated to the University to assist students in

critical financial need who were in jeopardy of dropping out of school. He rallied chapters

from across the country to unite in Tampa, Florida, at the 2016 FAMU NAA Convention,

to generate the largest fundraising initiative in the history of the Association; raising nearly

$700,000 to support Florida A&M University.

Colonel Clark has a long history of service in the NAA, including his tenure as 1st Vice

President and Chairman of the FAMU NAA National Convention. He was also the Southern

Region Vice President and Charter President of the Birmingham Metro Alumni Chapter. A

former baseball player at FAMU, Clark is a 1993 graduate and a Life Member of the FAMU

National Alumni Association.

Professionally, President Clark is a Financial Planner with Prudential Advisors as well as a

27-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. At Prudential Advisors, he co-leads a team that

manages a portfolio of more than $50 million. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom,

he faithfully served his country in support of the global war on terrorism.

President Clark is a member of the 100 Black Men of America and a Life Member of Alpha

Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Prince

Hall Shriners Foundation, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Inc., the FAMU

Foundation Board of Directors and the FAMU Board of Trustees.

President Clark is the proud father of one daughter, Celeste, and is a member of St. Johns

A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Florida Region


Florida Regional

Vice President

Florida Region

Member-at-Large

William Youmans III

Floyd Hill

Florida Region

CHAPTERS

Alachua County

Boca-Boynton-Delray Alumni

Brevard County

Broward County

Capital City

Gadsen County

Gold Coast Alumni

Greater Orlando

Hamilton Alumni

Indian River County

J. R. E. Lee (Jacksonville)

Lake – Sumter Alumni

Leon County

Madison County

Marion County

Miami-Dade County Alumni

Nassau County Alumni

Northwest Florida

Okaloosa/Walton County

Palm Beach County

Pensacola

Plant City

Polk County

Putnam County Alumni

Sarasota/Manatee

Seminole County

South Dade

Southwest Florida

St. Lucie County

St. Petersburg Alumni

Tampa Alumni

Taylor County

Upper Pinellas Clearwater

Volusia County

Willie Galimore (St. Augustine Alumni)

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FAMU NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

GADSDEN COUNTY CHAPTER

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Southern Region


Southern Regional

Vice President

Southern Region

Member-at-Large

Yolanda L. Pinkard

Xavier Durden

Southern Region

Birmingham (AL) Metro

Central Mississippi Alumni

Columbia, (SC) Alumni

Dothan – Wireglass

Fayetteville – Ft. Bragg

Greater New Orleans Alumni

Gulf Coast Alumni

CHAPTERS

Metro Atlanta

Metro Charlotte Alumni

Middle Georgia

Middle Tennessee

Montgomery (AL) Alumni

Northwest Georgia

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Northeast Region


Northeast Regional

Vice President

Northeast Region

Member-at-Large

Artisha R. Polk

BG (Ret.) Leroy C. Bell

Northeast Region

CHAPTERS

Greater Baltimore

Massachusetts Alumni

New Jersey

New York

Northern Virginia

Philadelphia

Washington D.C. Metro

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Midwest Region


Midwest Regional

Vice President

Midwest Region

Member-at-Large

Guy Schley

Jason Robinson

Midwest Region

CHAPTERS

Central Ohio

Chicago, IL Alumni

Cincinnati, OH Alumni

Detroit Metro

Greater Dayton (OH)/ Dayton Alumni

Indianapolis (IN)

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Far West Region


Far West Regional

Vice President

Far West Region

Member-at-Large

Van L. Russ

Nannette Williams

Far West Region

CHAPTERS

Dallas/ Ft. Worth Alumni

Greater Austin (TX)

Houston, Texas Alumni

Las Vegas, NV

Metro St. Louis, MO Alumni

Milwaukee, WI/ Brew City Rattlers

Minnesota Alumni

Northern California – Silicon Valley Alumni

San Antonio (TX)

Southern California – Los Angeles

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Affinity Chapters


College of Engineering Chapter

Engineering Technology Chapter

Affinity

CHAPTERS

FAMU Baseball Alumni Chapter

School of Nursing

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Fundraising Cruise

The FAMU NAA enjoyed a beautiful week aboard the Norwegian Sky where they occupied

almost every floor of the ship while sailing throughout the Bahamas. Rattlers painted the ship

“Orange & Green” daily representing the University, recruiting future Rattlers, fellowshipping

and making sure our positive presence was known.

The hospitality of the Norwegian staff was top notch. Thank you to the FAMU NAA

Fundraising Committee and its chairs Mary Smith and Van Russ for organizing and bringing

this fundraiser to fruition. Thank you to our Cruise Director Alfred Willis for a job well done

and the over 150+ Rattlers that joined us. The cruise raised almost $12,000 that will be used to

support FAMU NAA Scholarships!

Special thanks goes to 3rd VP Mary Smith and the rest of the fundraising committee for working

to make this vision of a FAMU NAA cruise a reality. Let's make the next cruise even bigger

and better to support Florida A&M University. #FangsUp #RattlersOnTheMove

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2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards Honorees

Each year, the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, Inc. (FAMU

NAA) celebrates and acknowledges supportive alumni who have distinguished

themselves in their respective professions. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the

highest award bestowed by the FAMU NAA. This accolade recognizes alumni who

have made notable and documentable contributions to the University (finance,

recruitment, etc.) and their professions and/or categories.

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

The honorees are:

1. Ms. Angela M. Bledsoe (Posthumous) Business

2. Hon. Keisha L. Bottoms, Esq. Atlanta, GA Law/Government

3. Mr. Howard C. Burton Tuskegee, AL Business

4. Mr. Otis Cliatt, ll Dove Canyon, CA Business

5. LTC (Ret.) Milton D. Corley, Sr. Deland, FL Community Service

6. Dr. Shawnta S. Friday-Stroud Tallahassee, FL Business

7. Hon. Oliver G. Gilbert III, Esq. Miami Gardens, FL Law/Government

8. Mr. Henry Lawrence Palmetto, FL Athletics

9. Dr. Layla McCall Stafford Charlotte, NC Community Service

10. Ms. Yolanda L. Pinkard Conyers, GA Technology

11. Mr. John Pugh Saginaw, MI Community Service

12. Hon. Rodney Smith, Esq. Miami, FL Law/Government

13. Phyllis Taite, Esq. Ocoee, FL Education

14. Ms. Natalie White Los Angeles, CA Athletics

15. Mr. Harry B. Williams Port St. Lucie, FL Community Service

16. Mr. William Youmans Gotha, FL Science/Technology

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Budget Report 2020


FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Budget Report 2020

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NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Budget Report 2020

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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Thank you, Mr. President!

Col. Gregory L. Clark, the Executive Board and the alumni of Florida A&M University

would like to thank you for 20 plus years of service to the Florida Agricultural and

Mechanical University National Alumni Association. During your tenure as National

President, you and the National Alumni Association have raised over $4.9 Million that

have been directed back to the University – mostly for scholarships and service to

“Mother FAMU!” Your leadership has taken our association to levels that have never

been reached before. With your leadership, the FAMU NAA is the epitome of HBCU

national alumni associations and is sought after for best practices. THANK YOU,

President Clark, for giving FAMU your time, dedication, and energy – you have truly

left a legacy that will be treasured for many generations to come! Keep “STRIKING”

from the FRONT!

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NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Thank you, Mr. President!


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