HBCU capsules Part III

Name: Delaware State University

Location: Dover, DE 

Year founded: 1891

Previous names: Delaware College for Colored Students (1891–1893) State College for Colored Students (1893–1947) Delaware State College (1947–1993)

First president: Wesley P. Webb

Current president: Tony Allen

Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded: 3,932

Two outstanding alumni: Jamal Jackson, Darnerien McCants

Five significant milestones for the school: DSU is one of the country's first land-grant educational institutions and it is the very first historically black college to have a no-smoking policy. DSU is ranked tenth among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. News & World Report and in 2018 the College of Business at DSU was named to the Princeton Review's Best Business Schools for the tenth consecutive year (2009-2018), the university has over thirty formal international partnerships with institutions in countries; China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, and the UK.  They facilitate research and conference collaborations as well as host student exchanges.


Name: Lincoln University

Location: Jefferson City, MO 

Year founded: 1866

Previous names: Lincoln Institute (1866–1921)

First president: Inman E. Page

Current president: Carolyn Mahoney

Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded: 1,892

Two outstanding alumni: Phillip Banks III, Nnamdi Azikiwe

Five significant milestones for the school: During the Civil War, the 62nd Colored Infantry regiment of the U.S. Army was primarily recruited in Missouri to set up educational programs for its soldiers. At the end of the war, it raised $6,300 to set up a black school headed by a white abolitionist officer, Richard Foster and founded by John Berry Meachum. Foster opened the Lincoln Institute in Jefferson City in 1866. Lincoln had a black student body, with both black and white teachers. The state government provided $5,000 a year to train teachers for the state's new black school system. Under the Morrill Act of 1890, Missouri designated a land-grant university, emphasizing agriculture, mechanics, and teaching. By 1921, the college had expanded to offer graduate programs and was officially designated a university by Missouri. The name was then changed to Lincoln University of Missouri. In 1954, it opened its doors to applicants of all ethnicities. 


Name: Southern University at New Orleans

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Year founded: 1956

Previous names: Southern University for Colored Students

First president: Dr. Felton G. Clark

Current president: Dr. James H. Ammons, Jr. 

Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded: 3,165

Two outstanding alumni: Melinda Tyler, Shirley Simon

Five significant milestones for the school: SUANC holds titles for the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches, GCAC – Coach of the Year Honorees, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Outdoor Track & Field. One of their Coach of the Year Honoree is Earl R. Hill for the  2000 Men’s Basketball. Their  GCAC – Coach of the Year Honoree is Harold Hunter. The 1989 Women’s Basketball titleholder is Elston King. The NAIA – Coach of the Year Honoree is Dr. Artis Davenport 1995 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field.


Name: Southern University-Shreveport

Location: Shreveport, LA

Year founded: 1967

Previous names: Public flagship land-grant historically black land-grant university  

First president: Walter Austin

Current president: Ray Belton

Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded: 2,932

Two outstanding alumni: Ollie Tyler, James Booker

Five significant milestones for the school: On October 28, 1974, the Louisiana Board of Regents, granted the institution approval for six associate degree programs in business, humanities, medical office assistant, natural sciences, office administration, and social sciences. In 1978, an associate degree in medical laboratory technology was added. Among the buildings at SUSLA is Stone Hall, named for the late Southern University System president Jesse N. Stone, Jr. Inside Stone Hall is the J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. Video Conferencing Center, named for the former U.S. senator from Shreveport. The Port City Jaguars and Lady Jaguars are composed of 2 athletic teams representing Southern University at Shreveport in intercollegiate athletics, including men's and women's basketball. The SUSLA sports teams are members of the MISS-LOU Junior College Conference.


Name: Winston-Salem State University

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Year founded: 1892

Previous names: Slater Industrial Academy   

First president: Simon Green Atkins, President

Current president: Elwood L. Robinson

Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded: 4,656

Two outstanding alumni: Oronde Gadsden, Timmy Newsome

Five significant milestones for the school: In 1925, the university was renamed Winston-Salem Teachers College. They became the first African-American institution to award bachelor’s degrees in elementary education. Then In 1969, they were renamed Winston-Salem State University. By 1972 they became a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System. In 1982 the very first graduate programs were offered.  By 20011 their first doctoral program in physical therapy was established. 


Name: Albany State University

 Location: Albany Georgia

Year founded: 1903

What are its previous names: Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute

First president: Joseph Winthrop Holley

 Current president: Marion Ross Fedrick, M.P.A. 

 Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded, if possible

Two outstanding alumni (names that people have heard of)

RANDY WILLIAMS: President, Talley & Twine watch company, in 2020, Williams was featured in The New York Times article “Black-Owned Watch Brands Rising.

Katrina Robinson, Administrative Specialists, Alumni Affairs

(Five major milestones for the school: Albany State University (ASU) recognized 1,104 students for Honors Day 2021 in a virtual ceremony. Additionally, 78 of those students have a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA). For the fall 2016 cohort, the range of first-year undergraduate retention rates for ASU’s SACSCOC peer institutions was 59%-78%, and the average was 69%.


 Name Bowie State University- Bowie

 Location: Bowie, Maryland,

 Year founded: 1865

 What are its previous names (if any): The Maryland Teachers College

 First president:  Don Speed Smith Goodloe

Current president: Aminta H. Breaux

 Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded, if possible: 60 students enrolled when found, while 5,561 (in 2014)

Two outstanding alumni (names that people have heard of): Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died in the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster and Maryland State Assembly delegates Joanne Benson.

Five major milestones for the school:

The LEED Platinum certified Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing was completed in April 2017 and received LEED platinum in March, 2019. 

Student Center achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification in spring 2014, the first campus building to receive such certification and the first Student Union/center with such certification among all HBCUs. 

The Student Center features: a green roof and water gardens, a trayless cafeteria, and other energy saving measures.

The BSU football field was upgraded from natural grass to artificial turf, thereby saving in the cost of constant watering.

BSU volunteers planted a campus fruit tree orchard of 25 apple and pear trees donated by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation as part of a collaboration with Vitafusion to plant 200k fruit trees worldwide by 2020.


Name: Morgan State University- Baltimore

Location: Baltimore, United State

Year founded: 1867

What are its previous names (if any): the Centenary Biblical Institute

First president: President Dwight O. W. Holmes

Current president: David Wilson

 Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded, if possible: 7,747 (in 2017)

Two outstanding alumni (names that people have heard of): Robert M. Bell and Willie Lanier

Five major milestones for the school: 

Two multimedia journalism alumnae from Morgan’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC) are members of The New York Times staff that won the prestigious 2021 Pulitzer Prize Public Service award for “prescient and sweeping” coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The AIA Baltimore Fellows & BAF Leadership award supports Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design (BSAED) students at Morgan State’s School of Architecture + Planning with the purpose of fostering the next generation of leaders in the profession.

Faculty, Staff and Students Contribute Breakthroughs in the Sciences and Academics  At Morgan State University, one of the institution’s six core values is innovation. 

President David Wilson Honored with Transcendent Order of the African Eagle Award

Morgan’s ‘Voice of the Community’ WEAA 88.9 Recognized by the Associated Press Broadcasters Association


Name: Stillman College

 Location: Tuscaloosa, United State

 Year founded: 1876

 What are its previous names (if any): Tuscaloosa institute

 First president: Dr. A. L. Jackson

Current president: Ernest McNealey

 Enrollment currently; enrollment when founded, if possible: 712 in 2020

Two outstanding alumni (names that people have heard of):  Gilbert Johnson · James Patrick

 Five major milestones for the school: 

Degrees Awarded by Discipline

Course Completion

Retention and Graduation Rates

Placement in Graduate and Professional School

Teacher Certification and Licensure