FMU installs Lewis as 12th president

admin | 2/23/2012, 4 a.m.

Given the changes in todays global economy, most would agree that you need a college degree in order to be successful in life. However, its equally important that a college or university have the right leadership in place to guide the school and to direct their students. Florida Memorial University (FMU) believes it will continue its tradition of exceptional leadership in the recent inauguration ceremony for its 12th president, Dr. Henry Lewis, III, 62. I am excited about the opportunity to lead South Floridas only historically-Black university, he said. Becoming a university president has been a lifelong dream. I always wanted to impact students who could in turn impact their communities, cities, states, nations and indeed the world. Mary Donaldson, 18, FMU sophomore, said she is ready to see what the president has to offer students in the future. I hope that President Lewis will be able to live up to the strong legacy that FMU has offered students over the years, she said. My mother and grandmother attended FMUso people are expecting a lot out of him. The inaugural celebration was held at the James L. Knight International Center. The week-long celebration included an inaugural gala featuring CBS 4 news anchor Jawan Strader and local recording artist Rochelle Lightfoot. A concert was also held on the Universitys campus which featured Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill. I am ready to unleash the many hidden talents here at Florida Memorial for the betterment of this community and society as a whole, Lewis said. He also adds that he has a clear vision for the future of the University. With our Vision 2020 10-year strategic action plan, we aim to help lead Florida Memorial into the educational mainstream not only in South Florida, but on the state, national and global stages. By Randy Gricergrice@miamitimesonline.com