Tuskegee University Looks to the Future

Faculty and staff at Tuskegee University in Alabama recently convened for the annual All University Conference to discuss the future of the iconic historically Black educational institution.

University president Gilbert L. Rochon called for Tuskegee to remain competitive as two-year community colleges and for-profit schools increasingly try to attract students who traditionally sought out historically Black colleges and universities. He also said that Tuskegee must offer students an education that will help them get jobs after they graduate and to become leaders of society. He urged faculty to seek out more research projects where undergraduate and graduate students could get hands on experience that will help them in the job marketplace after college.

President Rochon also called for enhancing a student-centered and customer service-oriented environment at Tuskegee. “No matter how hard the day has been,” Dr. Rochon said, “we have got to be warm, ingratiating, and welcoming to our students, alumni, and the public.”

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