Showing posts with label Abdullah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Abdullah. Show all posts

Friday, September 09, 2016

Abdullah boosts VSU freshman enrollment by 30%, recruiting more students from Florida


From the west coast to the east coast, Virginia State University (VSU) welcomed nearly 1,000 new freshmen to the Land of Troy. The Class of 2020 represents a 30 percent increase from last year’s freshman class. VSU has projected an overall enrollment increase of five percent for Fall 2016.

“It's a new year and a new season for Virginia State University,” said VSU President Makola Abdullah. “I am confident that our faculty and staff will assist the Class of 2020 and the rest of the Trojan student body succeed and transform their academic experience beyond their dreams and aspirations. We pride ourselves as a university whose role is to provide a transformative experience for our students and embrace our role as Virginia’s opportunity university."

The Class of 2020 is the first class under Abdullah’s administration.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Virginia State reverses its enrollment decline, projects 5% increase for Fall 2016

Florida A&M University was one of the many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) hit hard by the overhaul of the federal financial aid program in 2011. The university has lost $27.4M in tuition and fees due to declining enrollment since 2012-2013. FAMU expects to lose about $10M more because of the enrollment drop that is projected for 2016-2017.

But some HBCUs have already started recovering from the damage that the 2011 federal financial aid shakeup caused.

Former FAMU Dean Makola M. Abdullah became the 14th president of Virginia State University (VSU) on February 1, 2016. He came to a school where the fall semester enrollment had been going down for years.

An article in Washington Post on December 31, 2015 reported that for Fall 2015: “At Virginia State, there were 4,696 students in the fall, down from 5,025.” That was a decline of 7 percent. The Associated Press said that the VSU enrollment decline caused “a loss of between $2.1 million and $3.4 million.”

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Virginia State selects Palm as its new provost

Last week, Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah appointed Donald E. Palm to serve as the university’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Palm brings more than two decades of higher education experience to the position. He has served Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University as an administrator, faculty member, and liaison to a broad segment of constituents.

Currently, he is the associate provost for undergraduate education at FAMU and a tenured professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. At VSU, he will work under another former FAMU professor. Abdullah served on the faculty of the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology, and Agriculture at FAMU for 15 years and was the dean of the college from 2008 through 2011.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Virginia State University welcomes Abdullah family to Ettrick

With a pledge to transform Virginia State University into “Virginia’s Opportunity University” Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. met his new university family on December 10, 2015. On February 1, 2016, he will become VSU’s 14th President.

In remarks at his introduction to the Trojan Nation, Abdullah outlined his four core beliefs with the statement: “I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.”

Abdullah, his wife and his mother are products of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Both Abdullah’s son, Mikaili (Morehouse) and daughter Sefiyetu (Howard) will attend an HBCU.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Abdullah selected as 14th president of Virginia State University

Tomorrow, former Florida A&M University Dean Makola M. Abdullah will be introduced as the 14th president of Virginia’s land-grant historically black university.

Virginia State University confirmed yesterday that it has selected Abdullah as its new leader. Abdullah is currently the provost and chief academic officer at Bethune-Cookman University.

“I believe Dr. Abdullah is an individual of unique character and ability,” said VSU Board Rector and Presidential Search Committee Chairman Harry Black. “His dedication to student growth and moving Virginia State University forward will quickly become apparent to everyone associated with the University. I look forward to introducing him and his family to the Trojan family.”