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Abbreviated Biography

 
 

Act 1

I am a native of Harlem, New York raised during the crack era of New York City. My father was an elementary school dropout who sold drugs and committed a number of robberies in Harlem. My mother was a high school graduate who became one of my father's good customers. I didn't see my father much during my youth as he spent a large amount of time in jail. My mother "raised" me on public assistance in between her drug use. Around 8 or 9 years old, i was removed from her and placed in foster care. I spent the remainder of my independence being bounced between group homes, homes of family members, and roaming the streets. I became an emancipated minor at 16 due to my independent nature.

act 2

I was fortunate enough to be found and helped to attend college in Florida. For me the change was a huge adjustment, finally having stable meals and a home. My excitement was short-lived as I learned I did not have the scholarship advertised, was responsible for student loans, and the HBCU experience was not close to the show A Different World, which was my only exposure to college beforehand. However, I went on to have a good amount of success in college. I participated in student government, student radio, fraternity life, volunteer organizations, and worked for the university in various roles related to technology.

 Dr. Federick Humphries and Dr. James Ammons, former presidents of Florida A&M University.

Dr. Federick Humphries and Dr. James Ammons, former presidents of Florida A&M University.

act 3

Following my negative experience in college, I decided to work towards becoming a college president so I could help create a better experience for those following me. I continued to law school due to the large number of legal issues facing HBCUs at that time. Law school was a positive experience and helped create a great foundation for my doctoral studies that followed. As part of my doctoral experience I served as an administration for a HBCU where I was able to see, in action, the ailments facing these institutions and the genesis of them. Having earned my doctorate, I am now dedicated towards creating a positive and successful environment and experience for students, especially black males.

with thanks

Many thanks to and for my children, Neverson IV and Najm.

Many thanks to: Dr. Thomasenia Adams, Dr. Laurence Alexander, Ericka Bennett, Janet Broiles, Dr. Willie Bryant, Dr. Dale Campbell, Geraldine Charles, Dr. Eugene Fechter, Roland Gaines, Charisse Hudson-Vassell, Ishante Hunter, Dr. Joe Jackson, Rosaleen Lambey, Ariel Leget, Dr. Ivy Mitchell, Clarence Heatley, Sr., Yinka Raheem, Dr. Carl Sandeen, Marricka Scott, Christine Smith, Conrad Webley, Lillie Wiley-Upshaw

And thank you to the many other people placed in my life to help me through the rough times.

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