Albany State University Honors Its Former President

DR.-BLACKAlbany State University in Georgia has announced that it is renaming an academic building on campus to honor the institution’s sixth president Billy C. Black.

The newly renamed Billy C. Black Building was constructed after a 1994 flood that destroyed or damaged several buildings on campus. Dr. Black was president of the university from 1981 to 1996 and planned the rebuilding of the university after it had received extensive damage in the flood.

Art Dunning, interim president of Albany State University, said that “Dr. Black was instrumental in his efforts to preserve the campus and its legacy. He fought tirelessly and skillfully used his abilities to ensure that ASU returned better and stronger than ever before. This is a fitting tribute to a leader who encountered major challenges and succeeded in moving the institution forward.”

Dr. Black was a graduate of Tuskegee University. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State University. He died in 2008.

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