Leedell Neyland, former dean of Arts and Sciences, provost, and professor emeritus of history at Florida A&M University, died on June 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 98 years old.
A native of Gloster, Mississippi, Neyland served for six years as a messman/steward in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University in 1949 and went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from New York University.
Before joining the faculty at Florida A&M University, Dr. Neyland was an associate professor at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He also served as dean of the college at Leland College in Baker, Louisiana, and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina.
Professor Neyland was the author of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: A Centennial History (Florida A&M University Foundation, 1987).
An oral history concerning Dr. Neyland’s service in the Navy is housed in the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. It may be accessed here.