Alumni Association History

The idea of an Alumni Association took shape in 1913.  Nineteen members of the class of 1915 and eleven members of the class of 1914 formed the first Alumni Association and elected officers in 1915.   In 1923, President Hale established an office of the Alumni on campus during the week of commencement. The Alumni Association was recognized. R.B.J. Campbell was elected Executive and Corresponding Secretary of the Office of Alumni. The constitution was written. 

By 1928 Regional Vice Presidents had been established and Clarence Hayden Wilson was Regional Vice President for Middle Tennessee.  A Proclamation issued by M.G. Ferguson, President of the Alumni Association, declaring the 28th day of November as Homecoming Day in 1928 and Thanksgiving Day for subsequent years.

The purpose of the organization is as follows:

  • To further the interest of the University, by promoting fellowship among alumni to secure alumni interest and support.
  • To stimulate and encourage continuous achievement among alumni so that they may bring honor to their Alma Mater.
  • To stimulate interest among the best students as potential candidates for admission to the University.
  • To develop and maintain a close relationship with the University and its alumni.

National Alumni Association Presidents are as follows:

1915 - Meredith G. Ferguson

1944 - 1947 - Taz Upshaw

1947 - 1949 - D.T. Rolfe

1949 - 1950 - WaJter Denney

1950 - 1953 - C.B. Steele

1953 - 1955 - Phinetta Nellis

1955 - 1956 - Grandison Rivers

1956 - 1963 - Harold M. Love

1963 - 1966 - William J. Officer

1966 - 1968 - Erskine Lyle

1968 - 1970 - Carlton Petway

1970 - 1972 - Robert (Bob) Collins

1972 - 1976 - Robert A. Brown

1976 - 1978 - Rubin Perry

1978 - 1982 - Paula R. McLemore

1982 - 1986 - Rufus Steve Crawford

1986 - 1990 - Mary Knowles Jones

1990 - 1994 - Lawrence Porter

1994 - 1998 - Mary A. Adams

1998 - 2002 - Robert Smith, Esq.

2002 - 2006 - James H. Ford, Jr.

2006 - 2008 - Dr. Ada Jackson

2008 - 2012 - Leonard Stephens

2012 - 2016 - Tony L. Wells

2016 – Present – Joni McReynolds

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