Dear Fellow Aggies,
As I prepare to leave office, I want to personally thank all alumni for your support over the past 18 months. Serving as National President of the North Carolina A&T State University Alumni Association has been an honor and a privilege. My time in office has been challenging and yet extremely rewarding.
Together, we’ve celebrated the First Lady, Michelle Obama as our 2012 spring commencement speaker, the A&T Four from this year’s Golden Class as a part of the 2013 Class inductees into National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in the area of Civil Rights, and the addition of 4,000 freshly minted graduates into our alumni family.
As your president, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to visit chapters and get to know many of you one-on-one. It is my assertion that the work accomplished at the Chapter level is the foundation of the Association which allows us to continue to flourish. Recently, we’ve continued to add to our family by issuing three temporary charters for chapters in three of our five geographical regions.
Reductions in federal and state budgets for higher education have trickled down and significantly affected the resources available to our beloved alma mater, North Carolina A&T and the Association. In the face of uncertainty, the Association together with the University underwent an in-depth full assessment to develop strategic recommendations for improving operational efficiencies, communications, programs and services to alumni. As a result, we formed an integrated alumni relations program uniting the work of the Association and Office of Alumni Affairs under one unified banner to provide stellar alumni services.
I applaud you for your die hard efforts in recruiting the best and brightest students, supporting those students with local chapter scholarships, unwavering commitment to the Annual Fund Program, and volunteering to assist the Association and University during Aggie Nights, with Senior Send-offs and in any other areas where the need arose.
Lastly, I ask that you welcome and support Claudette Bennett our new Chairperson of the Association’s Board of Directors along with all of the new Board Members. Please continue to be supportive alumni as we move the Association forward in unison with our motto, “No Steps Backward.”
Again, thank you and it has been a fantastic ride. In parting, remember to always demonstrate your Aggie Pride by transforming your passion for North Carolina A&T into action.
With Much Love and Sincere Aggie Pride,
Frances V. Peppers, ’85
North Carolina A&T State University Alumni Association, Inc.