Towns keynote for Collegiate 100 Scholarship Gala

Hollis Towns

December 3, 2015 – One of America’s top media executives and Wildcat alum will be making a special appearance at an upcoming scholarship fundraiser on Fort Valley State University’s campus.

The Fort Valley State University Chapter of the Collegiate 100 is hosting their second annual scholarship fundraiser gala on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 6-10 p.m. in the campus Student Amenities Center. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be FVSU alum Hollis Towns, who is the executive editor and vice president for news at Asbury Park Press. Towns is also the former president for the Associated Press Managing Editors group.

Towns, an FVSU alum, began his career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a reporter. He became executive editor at the Cincinnati Ohio Enquirer before being named editor at the Asbury newspaper, which his owned by the Gannett Company. In 2010, Towns was named president of the Associated Press Managing Editors during their conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Towns also has served on juries to award Pulitzer Prizes to journalists for exceptional work.

According to Lawrence G. Malloy, director of communications for the FVSU Chapter of the Collegiate 100, the theme for this year’s gala is “Infinite Blessings in Disguise.”

“It is our hope that this gala will inspire high school and college students to realize their numerous blessings in many ways,” Malloy said.

The Collegiate 100 is the programmatic arm for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. The organization is dedicated to promoting volunteerism and improving local communities through mentoring young people and contributing positive role models for African-American youth.

Profits from the gala will help support the organization’s FVSU Collegiate 100 Scholarship Dream Fund.

The program will include a networking reception and an awards show. For more information, contact Malloy at (478) 973-8058.