Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., left, receives Birney book from Herman Hoffman "Topper" Birney.
Michigan State Doctoral Graduate Heads Historic Black College, Alabama A&M
President Receives Book on Bay City Pioneer From Descendant Topper Birney
A book on Bay City pioneer James G. Birney and his family, published by Michigan State University, has been presented to a MSU doctoral graduate who now heads a historic black college in the South, Alabama A&M, Huntsville.
Herman Hoffman "Topper" Birney, of Huntsville, presented the book about his family to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. who holds a doctorate in Higher Education/Institutional Research earned from Michigan State University.
He also was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Assistant Professor of Institutional Research at MSU.
As a candidate for the A&M presidency, Dr. Hugine said many students enter historically black schools with less preparation for higher education. He was the same way, Hugine said, but because of the nurturing and preparation he received, he was able to earn a doctorate from Michigan State University.
"It's not where you start," Hugine said. "It's where you finish."
Mr. Birney is a retired engineer from the U.S. space agency, NASA, and has been a member of the Huntsville Board of Education for 10 years.
A native of Green Pond, South Carolina, a small rural community in the low country of South Carolina, Dr. Hugine is the son of an AME Minister, Rev. Andrew Hugine, Sr. and an elementary school teacher, Irene S. Hugine.
Following his graduation from Colleton High School as an honor student, he enrolled in South Carolina State University where earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics followed by the Master of Education degree in mathematics education. He has presented at numerous professional meetings is the author of three mathematics textbooks.
His lengthy and productive career began as an instructor at Beaufort High School in Beaufort, South Carolina. His professional positions include Graduate Teaching Assistant and Assistant Professor of Institutional Research at Michigan State University.
At South Carolina State University, positions held included: Director of Special Services; Director of University Year for Action Program service-learning program; Research Fellow, Assistant and Director of Institutional Self-Study; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Mathematics; and Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
From 2003-08, Dr. Hugine culminated his 30-year affiliation with South Carolina State University as her President.
In July of 2009 Hugine became the 11th President of Alabama A&M University. Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. was appointed as the 11th President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University on July 16, 2009.
The university hosted the 2010 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a National Poultry Conference jointly sponsored by two United States Cabinet members: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The Hugine administration has focused on enhancing the aesthetics of the campus and addressing health and safety issues in campus facilities, particularly student residence halls.
Dr. Hugine holds membership in a number of civic and professional organizations. He maintains membership in his home church of White Hall African Methodist Episcopal Church in Green Pond, South Carolina and is an active affiliate member of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
He has been recognized for his contributions by several organizations. At South Carolina State University, the 781 bed residence hall, The Andrew Hugine, Jr. Living/ Learning Complex is named in his honor.
Dr. Hugine and his wife Abbiegail have an adult son, Andrew Hugine, III; a daughter, Akilah Hugine-Elmore; and a son-in-law, Quincy Elmore.
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