Alabama A&M University approves contract extension for President Wims until 2030
Alabama A&M University approves contract extension for President Wims until 2030

The Board of Governors of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) voted unanimously among those present to extend President Daniel K. Wims’ contract through December 31, 2030. According to the university, the decision confirms its continued stability and growth as the largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Alabama.

“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for entrusting me to continue to serve this institution, its faculty, staff, students and alumni. The collective commitment and dedication of our administrative team, faculty and staff is commendable. As we move forward, I am confident that our focused efforts toward growth and success will be met with great enthusiasm and acceptance,” said Wims.

Wims assumed the presidency of AAMU in January 2022 after serving as provost and vice president for research and sponsored programs for 12 years. In a press release, Alabama A&M reported a number of the accomplishments achieved since that time.

In fall 2023, the university recorded an all-time high in enrollment of 6,633 students and welcomed its largest freshman class ever with over 2,000 students. Academically, AAMU expanded its offerings, launching new Ph.D. programs in curriculum and instruction, social work, and a Master of Science in Food Science Business.

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On the infrastructure front, the university secured board approval for major projects including a new student residence hall and science building, major renovations were made in the historic district, and the university campus was expanded to over 2,500 acres. In a significant non-monetary contribution, AAMU converted Paint Rock Valley High School into a “communiversity” facility to enhance educational and community engagement.

AAMU saw an increase in federal and state allocations for fiscal years 2023 and 2024. In addition, the university received its second-largest donation ever, a $1.2 million endowment gift from alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer John Stallworth.

The AAMU Marching Maroon and White Band made history as the first HBCU band to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and AAMU’s Homecoming festival saw record attendance of 26,391 fans in the stadium and over 55,000 on campus, raising $1.4 million in donations—the largest amount in its history.

Grayson Everett is the state and politics editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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