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Honors Program

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Every student at Fort Valley State University has chosen to be a dreamer and doer by joining in the community of scholars at a quality institution of higher education. But a select few desire a heightened academic experience, one that is exceptionally challenging and stimulating. For those self-motivated and inspired students, Fort Valley State University offers the Honors Program.

Since its inception in 2013, after being spearheaded by Fort Valley State President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, this program has provided students with the skills necessary to prepare them for research within their chosen fields, whether in the sciences, education, social sciences or humanities.

Under the leadership of Dr. Meigan M. Fields, associate professor of political science, the Honors Program also exposes its cohort of students to exceptional speakers, thought-provoking seminars and myriad opportunities to apply what they are learning.

The Honors Program will be housed in the historic Carnegie Hall following the completion of its refurbishment.

“I would like to think that when I look at a transcript, and its stamped ‘honors,’ then I would think that graduate schools (and even those who are going to go straight into the workforce) will be getting someone who is a cut above the rest, and seriously committed to academic achievement,” she said. In the future, Fields hopes the program will be able to offer scholarships to participants.

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Meigan M. Fields, (478) 825-6634, (240) 343-5378 or

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  • Dr. Meigan Marie Fields has more than 15 years of progressive experience in higher education. She is currently an associate professor of political science and the founding director of the Honors Program at Fort Valley State University. Dr. Fields also founded the FVSU Women’s Learning Community and was a Principal Investigator and Director for the African American Male Initiative at FVSU. Dr. Fields has a solid record of proven effective engagement in grantsmanship with nearly 10 grants totaling more than two million dollars.

    A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fields has a myriad of experiences ranging from her work with the Georgia Department of Education in the Governor’s Internship Program under Governor Joe Frank Harris. She was also a Public Management Intern with the New York State Department of Civil Service under Governor Mario Cuomo. Dr. Fields progressed through the competitive process in the New York State Management program to become a Senior Personnel Administrator. Utilizing her management experience, Dr. Fields served as the Director of Student Life at The Chicago International Charter School in Illinois where she also worked as the Assistant Director of the school. These experiences coupled with her dedication to helping to enrich the lives of young adults led Dr. Fields to move into higher education. She began her professorial career in academia at Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Additionally, her experience and grantsmanship enabled her to receive a Fellowship Award with the National Center for Bio-Ethics.

    Dr. Fields received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from California University of Pennsylvania, the Master of Public Administration from The Atlanta University. Her terminal degree, the Doctor of Philosophy, was earned from Clark Atlanta University in International Affairs and Development with cognates in International Relations and International Development Education.

    Dr. Fields received the John W. Davison Outstanding Faculty Award in May 2011 and the President’s Trailblazer Award in May 2012 at Fort Valley State University. She was awarded the Citizen of the Year in 2013, a recognition from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in Fort Valley. Dr. Fields’ professional and social affiliations have included memberships in the American Society for Public Administration, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences (Life Member).

    "Always strive for excellence despite the levels others may seek to acquire."

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