FVSU to hold excellence forum to welcome Saint Lucian prime minister

Nov. 25, 2013– Next week, a high-ranking Caribbean dignitary will receive an official blue and gold salute from Fort Valley State University leaders, University System of Georgia officials, politicians and business elite during a special event in Atlanta. FVSUwill hold its first Global Initiatives Council Excellence Forum in honor of Saint Lucian Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Davis Anthony, on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The invitation-only event, hosted by Chairman Emeritus of the 100 Black Men of America and TWD, Inc. president, Dr. Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., who is also an FVSUalumnus, will take place at The Commerce Club.

“The purpose of the Excellence Forum is primarily to welcome Prime Minister  Kenny Anthony  to Georgia,” said Dr. Melody L. Carter, vice president for FVSU’s Division of External Affairs and executive director for the FVSU Foundation, Inc. “The prime minister will serve as our commencement speaker on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Fort Valley, Ga. He also will receive the honorary doctorate of Humane Letters at the ceremony.”

According to Carter, the meet-and-greet affair will also serve as an opportunity for theFVSU president to forge collaboration to  increase our  enrollment and boost  academic excellence. Prime Minister Anthony, himself a distinguished professor of law before entering politics full time, leads the nation that gave the world two Nobel Laureates: Dr. W. Arthur Lewis for economics in 1979, and Derek Walcott for literature in 1992.

Distinguished invitees to  the forum include Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Fulton County Board of Commissioners chairman, Dr. John Eaves; FVSU National Alumni Association, Inc. president and FVSU Foundation  board member, Dr. Lawrence Marable; and University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckabee. FVSU Atlanta-area alumni chapter and Chamber of Commerce presidents are also invited.

For more information about the Global Initiatives Council Excellence Forum, contactFVSU’s Office of Marketing and Communications, (478) 825-6319.


Fort Valley State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is ranked as a leading public institution in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report. The university’s student population represents 130 of Georgia’s 159 counties, more than 30 states and about 10 international countries. As Georgia’s only 1890 land-grant institution, FVSU maintains exceptional degree offerings in a variety of academic fields. These include, but are not limited to, agriculture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. FVSU students enjoy more than 80 academic, civic organizations and several honor societies. Study abroad opportunities are also available.
Learn more about FVSU by visiting www.fvsu.edu.



Christina D. Milton, writer

Fort Valley State University

Office of Marketing and Communications

(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu