Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Geneva West

For the month of August, Fort Valley State University is honoring Geneva West, a Wildcat alum who is helping young girls accomplish their dreams of pursuing careers in S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering, and math) while building their self-esteem.
 
West is the founder and executive director of the Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center, Inc. The acronym stands for Intelligent and Motivated People Actively Changing the Times.

FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Julian Marcus

 

July 25, 2014- Fort Valley State University is highlighting Julian Marcus, Class of ’90, a businessman and international scholar in this month’s alumni spotlight. 

Julian Marcus is chief executive officer of Marcus Poultry Farm Inc., who began around 1995 in Pelham, Ga. Marcus Poultry Farm, Inc. is located in Mitchell County in the southwest corner of the state.

Natural Resources Conservation Service appoints FVSU alumna as assistant state conservationist

One of Fort Valley State University’s own is returning home to Georgia.

Katura Wright, a 1998 plant science alumna, assumes the position of assistant state conservationist for programs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in Athens. As the assistant state conservationist for programs, Wright is responsible for the coordination, direction and evaluation of farm bill programs in Georgia. She began her new position June 30.

FVSU alum named president of Macon Bar Association

June 13, 2014- A Fort Valley State University Wildcat has been chosen to lead one of the country’s oldest professional legal associations in Georgia.

FVSU alumnus Ira L. Foster, a senior supervising attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program in Macon, was recently named the incoming president for the Macon Bar Association for 2014-2015. The attorney is only the third African American to serve as the president of the association.

Alumni Spotlight: Derrick D. Schofield

June 13, 2014 - This month, the Fort Valley State University Alumni Spotlight is featuring Wildcat alum Derrick D. Schofield. Schofield currently serves as commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). He oversees 14 prisons, a training academy, 45 probation and parole offices and headquarters. Additionally, he is responsible for 109,000 offenders, a staff of 6,800 employees, and a $950 million operating budget.

Alumnus, dean emeritus, appointed state director of the Farm Service Agency

June 13, 2014 - A Fort Valley State University alumnus was recently appointed to oversee a federal agency with a billion-dollar budget. 

Dr. Fred Harrison, alumnus and dean emeritus for Fort Valley State University’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, received the appointment of state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Georgia Farm Service Agency (FSA). USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Harrison to this position.

Alumna named first African-American female to head USDA area one office in Georgia

 

May 5, 2014 - A Fort Valley State University alumna recently received a historic appointment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vernard L. Hodges

April 15, 2014 - Dr. Vernard Hodges was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, but was raised in Fort Valley, Georgia. Growing up in rural Peach County is where his love and passion for all animals and knack for trying to heal all things developed. He grew up on a small farm with goats, cows, dogs, a cat, turtles, and countless other pets. As an only child it was these “pets” that he spent countless hours nurturing and taking care of. He is a 1988 graduate of Peach County High School – Go Trojans!

Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Bowers

Feb. 21, 2014 - Fort Valley State University alum Jasmine Danielle Bowers’ efforts to educate youths about financial literacy has resulted in her recent recognition by a national online magazine.

The 22-year-old, who was named to the 2014 Young Futurists list, was identified as one of the nation’s rising stars by The Root, an Internet news and opinion site that is published by the Slate Group. 

The online publication honored 25 individuals from across the country, ages 16 to 22, “who are forging a path to future greatness."

FVSU Alumni Spotlight: Fort Valley Mayor Barbara B. Williams

The Fort Valley Community welcomes its new Mayor Barbara B. Williams, at her inauguration on Jan. 17, 2014.  The university is spotlighting the alum this month.

Jan. 24, 2014 -This month’s Fort Valley State University Alumni Spotlight is featuring an alumna who has taken the helm of a major Peach County town.  The City of Fort Valley recently elected Barbara B. Williams, a 1971 FVSU alum, as its new mayor. She is the first African-American female mayor of the city.

“I was overjoyed that people had faith in me to elect me,” said Williams. “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my community.”

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