Alabama A&M president search narrowed to three

Alabama A&M president search narrowed to three

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The university has been without a president for almost a year, but now consistent leadership at Alabama A&M University is becoming a reality.

The search for a new president is wrapping up and students told us they want this person to make a positive change in their education.

On Friday, Alabama A&M will be one step closer to welcoming its next president,  and  the three finalists will be on campus. They'll meet with faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the Dawson auditorium.

Jasmine Callaway and Whitney Waldon are taking different paths. One hopes to practice law someday and the other aspires to teach first graders.

Both freshmen left the plains of Auburn to pursue a college education in Huntsville and started their first semester without a president.

"It's kind of awkward not having a president at our school," said Callaway

"At first it was weird and I was wondering what was going on and why we didn't have a president,"Waldon said

Controversy didn't deter either from enrolling.

Callaway told WAFF 48 News, "They still have their accreditation."

"I became very confident when we had an interim president, Doctor Beverly Edmond.  She made it very confident that it would be ok," Waldon responded.

The Board of Trustees has narrowed its search to three, Dr. Lawrence Davenport, an executive vice president of a management consultant firm in Sacramento, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., former president of South Carolina State University, and Dr. Rodney Smith, vice president for Administrative Services, Operations Analysis, and Research at Hampton University.

Callaway says, "I really hopes this person betters us, betters the offices on campus."

Both girls are excited about a new hire.

The candidates will be formally interviewed by the board in Birmingham on Saturday.

Here are biographies for each candidate:



Alabama A&M University

Candidate: Lawrence F. Davenport, Ed.D.


Ed.D., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey

Higher Education Management

Doctoral Project: Career Education and Minorities

M.A., Leicester University, England

Training and Performance Management

M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Adult and Continuing Education

B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Social Work Major

Professional Experience

Executive Vice President

Neher and Associates, Sacramento, California

Management Consultants

2008 - Present

Senior Vice President

Bennett Yarger Associates, Sacramento, California

Management Consultants

2007 - 2008

Interim President

Paragon Foundation, West Palm Beach, Florida

Non-profit foundation aimed at advancing minority economic development

2007 - 2008

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

2004 - 2007

Executive Vice President for University Advancement/Executive Director for FAU Foundation (2005 - 2007)

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

2004 - 2005

Executive Director/CEO

Hale House Center, Inc., New York, New York


Non-profit 5013C organization

2002 - 2004

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

2001 - 2002

Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region

Antin-Neher Associates Consulting, California

2000 - 2001

Vice President of Finance and Operations and CFO

Milton Hershey School, Hershey, Pennsylvania

1994 - 2000

Chief Financial Officer

Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Washington

1992 - 1994

Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Planning

University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California

1989 - 1992

Assistant Secretary for Management and Administration

United States Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

1987 - 1989

Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

United States Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

1982 - 1987

Associate Director for Domestic and Anti-Poverty Operations

ACTION, Washington, D.C.

1981 - 1982


San Diego Community College District, San Diego, California

1979 - 1981


San Diego Community College Educational Cultural Complex, San Diego, California

1974 - 1979

Vice President for Development

Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama

1972 - 1974

Assistant Dean for Special Projects

University of Michigan - Flint, Flint, Michigan

1969 - 1972



Alabama A&M University

Candidate: Andrew Hugine, Jr., Ph.D.


Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Higher Education/Institutional Research

M.Ed., South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina


B.S., South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Mathematics Major

South Carolina Department of Education, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Teaching Certificate in Mathematics

Professional Experience

South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

1978 - 2008


2003 - 2008

Interim Executive Vice President

Served as functional Chief Operating Officer for the University

2002 - 2003

Professor of Mathematics

1986 - 2003

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

1980 - 1986

Director of the Institutional Self-Study

1979 - 1980

Assistant Director of the Self-Study

1978 - 1979

Research Fellow

1978 - 1979

Michigan State University Office of Institutional Research, East Lansing, Michigan

1975 - 1978

-HUGINE/Page Two-

Institutional Research Analyst/Assistant Professor

1976 - 1978

Teaching Assistant

1975 - 1976

South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina

1972 - 1975

Director, University Year for Action Program

1972 - 1975

Director, Special Services Program

1972 - 1973

Beaufort High School, Beaufort, South Carolina


1971 - 1972



Alabama A&M University

Candidate: Rodney Smith, Ed.D.


Ed.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Educational Administration, Planning and Social Policy (APSP)

M.Ed., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Education Administration and Planning with concentration in International Education

M.A., Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee

Clinical/Educational Psychology

Thesis: Social Indicators of Effective Father-Child Interaction

B.A., Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota

Psychology Major with Ecology Minor

Professional Experience

Vice President for Administrative Services, Operations Analysis and Research

Hampton University



The Registry for College and University Presidents

Peabody, Massachusetts

2006 - 2007

Senior Consultant

Rod Smith Consulting, LLC

2005 - 2007

President and Chief Executive Officer

2004 - 2005

Contracted by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to serve as chief executive officer for the country's primary institution of higher education

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ

2001 - 2004

Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

1992 - 2001

-SMITH/Page Two-

Vice President for Planning and Dean of the Graduate College

2000 - 2001

Vice President for Administrative Services and Director of Strategic Planning

1999 - 2000

Vice President for Student Affairs

Academic Dean for Freshman and Undecided Majors

1996 - 1999

Dean of Students and Professor

1993 - 1996

Director, Academic Support and Assessment Center

ADA Section 504 Compliance Coordinator

1992 - 1993

Program Coordinator

Harvard Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Harvard Graduate School of Education,


Senior School Psychologist and Director, School Psychological Services

Ministry Of Education, Bahamas Government, Nassau, Bahamas

1976 - 1983

Faculty/Teaching Appointments

Faculty Member, Educational Leadership

Millennium Leadership Institute, American Association of State Colleges and Universities,

Washington, D.C.

2001 - 2004

Tenured Professor of Education, (Tenured with Presidency)

Ramapo College of New Jersey

2001 - 2004

Professor of Educational Research - Techniques and Problems

The Graduate College, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

1992 - 1993

Teaching Fellow for Dr. Susan Johnson, Organizational Effectiveness and Advanced Supervision

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge

1984 - 1986

Adjunct Professor, Abnormal Psychology

College of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas

1978 - 1980