Fort Valley State University’s vice president of academic affairs was selected from among three finalists to become provost and vice-president of academic Affairs at Alabama A&M University, an 1890 land-grant Division I historically black university in Huntsville, Ala. The institution has a student enrollment of over 5,300, of which approximately 850 are graduate students. At this week’s administrative council meeting, FVSU’s president began the session praising Wims’ accomplishments. “He has done a yeoman’s job here. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all that you’ve done. Thanks for everything,” said Rivers.
Wims engineered a reorganization of several academic units and campus programs, led the effort to secure approval of new graduate and undergraduate programs, gained approval for revision of the evaluation and promotion/tenure processes, ensured continued national, regional and state accreditation or certification of a number of academic programs, organized the SACS review and reaffirmation process and administered the design and programming of new multi-million dollar instructional and research facilities.
At Alabama A&M University, the 1987 FVSU alumnus will primarily oversee all academic and academic support programs, which include four doctoral and a number of masters and specialist degree programs. “Alabama A&M is in the top tier of 1890 land-grant and pier institutions nationally, and is well recognized for its contributions in the academic, research and land-grant communities,” said Wims. “It has thriving accredited STEM, education, business, agriculture, liberal arts and humanities programs, a strong endowment and unparalleled support from alumni and members of the university community. It is indeed a privilege to have been considered and ultimately selected by the university’s illustrious president, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.”
At the conclusion of the weekly council meeting, Dr. Rivers quipped, “I look forward to receiving an invitation to your games and will come to enjoy some Alabama home cooking.”