Tuskegee University graduates to establish Shelby County alumni chapter

Graduates and former students of Tuskegee University are invited to join the new Shelby County Tuskegee Alumni Chapter. (Contributed)

Graduates and former students of Tuskegee University are invited to join the new Shelby County Tuskegee Alumni Chapter. (Contributed)

By CASSANDRA MICKENS/Associate Editor

If you’re a Tuskegee University graduate who resides in Shelby County, the new Shelby County Tuskegee Alumni Chapter invites you to mingle and network with fellow graduates and former students.

“We are seeking all graduates and former students of Tuskegee University who are interested in joining,” said William E. Mathis of Chelsea, a member of the Tuskegee University Class of 1978 and a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.

“The purpose of this organization shall be to foster the ideas of Tuskegee University and of its illustrious founder, Dr. Booker T. Washington, to encourage liberal and generous moral and financial support of the university and its policies,” Mathis said.

Mathis also said the Shelby County alumni chapter will serve to “encourage and assist the graduates and former students toward the highest development of character and service as reflecting the work of the university.”

Founded in 1881, Tuskegee University is a private, historically black university whose alumni include scientist George Washington Carver, singer Lionel Richie and radio host Tom Joyner. The university also is home to the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

For more information about joining the Shelby County alumni chapter, contact Mathis at 306-2665 or email williammathis1@yahoo.com.