The Alumni Association has grown to include alumni from the United States and other countries.
The Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. is organized for the following purposes:
To solicit gifts and donations for the support of Fort Valley State University.
To promote the interest of Fort Valley State University and the university family.
To establish mutually beneficial relations between the university and its stakeholders and supporters.
To formulate and carry out a program of activities for the graduates and former students of Fort Valley State University.
To collaborate with the Fort Valley State University administration in formulating and carrying out student and alumni recruitment initiatives.
To serve as a vigilant protector of the heritage of Fort Valley State University.
A community without elders does not prosper
The Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. Board of Directors
6345 Walker Road
Riverdale, Georgia 30296
241 Everleigh Way
Marietta, Georgia 30064
84 San Michael Drive
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
6215 Beethoven Circle
Riverdale, Georgia 30296-2301
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Melvin D. Morris
5616 Fox Den Trail
Lithonia, Georgia 30038-1601
3599 Crown Point Court
Decatur, Georgia 30032
Dr. Lawrence Marable
Post Office Box 14128
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CAREER & ALUMNI SERVICES
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
DISTRICT ONE REPRESENTATIVE
Willie G. Davis, Jr.
DISTRICT TWO REPRESENTATIVE
Dr. Janet Simmons Lee
157 John Michael Drive
Macon, Georgia 31211
district three representative
5123 Gillionville Road
Albany, Georgia 31721
DISTRICT FOUR REPRESENTATIVE
DISTRICT FIVE REPRESENTATIVE
DISTRICT SIX REPRESENTATIVE
DISTRICT ten REPRESENTATIVE
Gwendolyn Williams McMullins
1245 Rubio Vista Road
Altadena, California 91001
Donald L. Glasper
Dr. Charlene Hampton
73 Academy Drive
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
Dr. Jacques Surrency
I think that probably the most important thing about our education was that it taught us to question even those things we thought we knew. To say you've got to inquire, you've got be testing your knowledge all the time in order to be more effective in what you're doing.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Fort Valley State University embraces a history that weaves together African-American culture, a commitment to personal and intellectual growth and a deep sense of community. What students of every era have found here is unequaled leadership across a wide scope of programs. Our status as an 1895 state land-grant university has led to remarkable innovations in agriculture and related fields. FVSU’s acclaimed biology and chemistry departments send more students of African descent to medical and dental programs than any other Georgia state school. And our comprehensive liberal arts curriculum continues to set new standards of excellence. Keeping up with technological advances, we offer top-notch online programs and the opportunity to keep abreast of FVSU’s goings-on through Facebook and Twitter. We have an excellent relationship with the city of Fort Valley and surrounding areas. Our communiversity efforts bridge the gap between town and gown. The university regularly brings the local community onto campus for special events that showcase our students’ achievements.
Fort Valley State University is one of Georgia’s three public historically black colleges and universities. Located in Fort Valley, Ga., (the seat of Peach County) the institution has educated students for more than a hundred years and remains Georgia’s only 1890 land-grant school.
The university’s beautiful grounds include 1,365 acres of cleared, wooded, developed land, and its main campus incorporates 80 acres. The remaining space is used for agricultural research and future expansion. The campus buildings are a blend of architectural styles from the early 1900s with design features from succeeding decades.
Our mission is to advance the cause of education with an emphasis on a commitment to the community through a concept known as communiversity.
Fort Valley State University started as Fort Valley High and Industrial School in 1895. During that year, three white men and 15 African-American men petitioned Houston County’s Superior Court for a charter to establish a public school for children. The charter was granted on Nov. 5, 1895.
Atlanta University alum John W. Davison became FVHIS’s first principal and guided the institution through its seminal years. To accomplish the school’s long-term goals, it needed financing. Davison began seeking donations from wealthy patrons in the North. In spite of his efforts, FVHIS experienced financial upheaval. The school’s board of trustees hired Henry A. Hunt in 1904, as the second principal, to help the school get back onto a solid, financial footing. Mrs. Florence Johnson Hunt worked equally as hard as her husband, to raise money for the school. She was successful in securing a large donation from the Episcopal Diocese of the State of Ohio; hence, the name of the dormitory for boys, Ohio Hall. Philanthropist Anna Jeanes agreed to donate $5,000 to the institution, to erect a frame school building and a shop. In 1904, Jeanes’ Hall was named in her honor. The patron’s donation was the first of many contributions made to advance African-American educational causes.
Hunt envisioned a grand expansion of FVHIS. The second principal chose to model FVHIS after Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute founded by notable African-American leader Booker T. Washington. He introduced trade courses into the school’s curriculum to attract additional students. The idea worked. Enrollment increased from 1904 to 1938. In 1908, Hunt obtained $25,000 from Collis P. Huntington, a great railroad financier, for the construction of Huntington Hall, a girls’ dormitory. To ensure the institution’s financial stability, FVHIS affiliated itself with the American Church Institute for Negroes for the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1919. The church’s backing financed the construction of Ohio Hall. Additional monies awarded by the Carnegie Foundation in 1925 erected Carnegie Library. Royal C. Peabody provided the funds for the Peabody Trades Building.
FVHIS continued expanding its curriculum throughout the 1920s. A post-high school, baccalaureate year, and later, a teacher’s training program were in place by 1927. Liberal arts courses were also added for students. These additions resulted in the designation of FVHIS as a Junior College.
Fort Valley State College
During the 1930s, FVHIS underwent several name changes. The school became Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School in 1932. Later that same year, Samuel Bishop donated funds for the construction of the school’s first dining hall. In 1939, FVHIS merged with the State Teachers and Agricultural College of Forsyth. The newly-joined schools were named Fort Valley State College. Abruptly, the school severed its Episcopal Church affiliation to become a University System of Georgia member and four-year degree granting institution. Walter Cocking, a renowned college administrator hired by the system, encouraged the Board of Regents to approve the decision. Additionally, Cocking advised the BOR to appoint Horace Mann Bond as FVSC’s first president.
Fort Valley State, Fort Valley State!
Our Lives to Thee We Dedicate
Our Souls We Blend to Sing Thy Name
Eternal Praise We Do Proclaim
Faithful and True, Fort Valley State,
We at Thy Call, Forever Wait,
We Lift Our Hearts in Thankfulness,
For Loyalty and Thoroughness
—William H. Pipe
We love to hear thy sweet name called;
Thou art the dearest school of all.
Our hearts to thee will e'er belong,
Thou art so steadfast, brave and strong;
We love thee so, Fort Valley State,
Our loyalty we dedicate;
Thy name forever we proclaim;
Fort Valley State, We love thy name.
—Odessa Harrison McNair, 1954