The board of trustees at Florida A&M University have finally approved the new president Elmira Mangum’s $425,00-a-year contract. This decision comes after three meetings of negotiation, although the vote was not unanimous as several trustees questioned and wanted to make changes to the agreement. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mangum’s base salary is $84,000 more than previous president James Ammons.

Southern University athletic teams have been banned from post-season play, until they submit paperwork showing academic progress and athletic eligibility by its student-athletes to the NCAA. If the paperwork is submitted by their deadline then the ban will be lifted and the Jaguars will be allowed to compete in upcoming tournaments. This ban mostly affects Southern University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams; both are first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, whose tournament starts in 25 days via The Advocate.

West Virginia State University will break ground on a new $3.5 million athletic complex this spring. The new building, to be named after former student and Yellow Jackets football player George V. Monroe, will a training room, weight room and locker room for both students and student-athletes.

With about 98 percent of Bennett College students receiving financial aid, the Board of Trustees have voted not to increase the tuition for the next academic school year. “Bennett College understands the financial situation facing our students and their families. It is important that their academic success is not stymied by the cost of a college education,” said President Rosalind Fuse-Hall  via Bennett College.

The engineering, science and technology programs at Jackson State University have earned accreditation from ABET and ATMAE, respectively. All of the newly accredited programs are just over 10 years old.

Johnson C Smith University received a $975,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand and add to the Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts. Over the next three years, the University will hire new faculty, add a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in dance and create a faculty development program and an art-centered lecture series.

Two Grambling State University professors, Yenumula B. Reddy and Naidu Seetala, have been award a total of $1.8 million in grants from the U.S. Air Force. Both grants will be used to conduct research in the development of war-fighting technologies in their respective fields, physics and computer science. The grants will also provide hands-on research opportunities for GSU students ,with 5 students selected for an Wright-Patterson Air Force Base internship every year.



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