UDC National Alumni Society will welcome Portia Holmes Shields, PhD, ’60 at its Nov. 13 Homecoming Dinner Dance at Ft. McNair Officers Club in the city at 7 p.m. Shields, the CEO of Concordia College (Alabama) and former president of Albany State University, will give the keynote address.
During her 8-year tenure at ASU, Shields had the vital responsibility of rebuilding a campus devastated by floods. A master planner and builder, she spearheaded a $153 million rebuilding program that added 52,000 square feet of space to create a new campus with modern architecture. The renewal effort led to a $7 million athletic stadium; an academic building that houses the academic administration, laboratories, an auditorium and classrooms; a physical education and recreation building; a new dining hall; and a state-of-the-art central energy plant.
Shields was not only a superb fund raiser at ASU, she fulfilled her primary mission: to put the student front and center of all programs and initiatives, both academic and nonacademic. Faculty, staff, alumni and the ASU external community signed off on this agreement, and the result was the attraction of more presidential scholars and honor students to ASU during Shields’s presidency than at any other time in the school’s history.
Joining Shields will be her sister, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia, UDC President Allen Sessoms, and other University administrators and friends of UDC. For tickets to the homecoming gala, contact WoodardAssociates@comcast.net or email@example.com.