By: Alyssa Wilson
Alabama A&M University received an anonymous donation from a young alum totaling $2,187,518.75.
According to the university, the gift represents the largest donation from an individual or alum to the school since its existence. “This is the most significant and impactful gift in the history of Alabama A&M University. When one of our very own alumni makes such a substantial investment to the institution, it serves as affirmation that the university has made significant progress and that it continues to move in the right direction,” said President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
University officials say $1 million will support the school’s athletic programs and the remaining funds will help with ongoing initiatives. “This gift is the largest private investment in the history of AAMU Athletics,” Bryan Hicks, the director of athletics, said. “The gift will enable our athletic programs to be more competitive, while also enhancing the student-athlete experience.”
Alabama A&M University says their alumni are leaders in numerous sectors, including business, agriculture, healthcare, sports and entertainment. The anonymous donor said they’ve always wanted to make an investment in the school, and challenged other alumni to do the same.
“This is my university, and it has afforded me opportunities beyond what I could have ever imagined. It has been my life’s mission to make a sizeable investment in my alma mater prior to President Hugine’s retirement and under the advancement leadership of Dr. Archie Tucker, who has been a tremendous asset to the university,” the anonymous donor said. “As a graduate, I personally know of several other alumni who can make a similar gift, and I challenge them to do the same. In return, I do not want any recognition or anything named after me, because service is sovereignty.”