Alabama A&M University approves contract extension for President Wims through 2030

The Alabama A&M University (AAMU) Board of Trustees voted unanimously among those in attendance to extend President Daniel K. Wims’ contract until December 31, 2030. According to the university, the decision affirms its continued stability and growth as the largest historically black college . and University (HBCU) in Alabama.

“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for entrusting me to continue to serve this institution, its faculty, staff, students and alumni. The collective efforts and dedication of our administrative team, faculty and staff are to be commended. As we continue to make progress, I am confident that our focused efforts for growth and success will be met with great enthusiasm and acceptance,” said Wims.

Wims assumed the chairmanship of the AAMU in January 2022 after serving for twelve years as Provost and Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs. In a press release, Alabama A&M shared a series of achievements that have taken place since then.

In fall 2023, the university recorded an all-time high enrollment of 6,633 students and welcomed its largest ever freshman class of more than 2,000 students. Academically, AAMU expanded its offerings and launched new Ph.D. programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Social Work and a Master of Science in Food Science Business.

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In terms of infrastructure, the university has received board approval for key projects, including a new student services center and a science building. Major renovations have been made to the historic district and the university’s real estate landscape has expanded to more than 2,500 acres. With a significant non-monetary contribution, AAMU transformed Paint Rock Valley High School into a “Communiversity” facility, increasing educational and community involvement.

AAMU has seen an increase in federal and state appropriations for fiscal years 2023 and 2024. The university also received its second-largest gift ever, a $1.2 million donation from alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer John Stallworth.

The AAMU Marching Maroon and White Band made history as the first HBCU band to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and AAMU experienced a record homecoming attendance of 26,391 fans in the stadium and 55,000+ on campus with a total of $1.4 million in fundraising , the largest number in its history.

Grayson Everett is state and politics editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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