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Florida A&M regent professor to speak at NBC-LEO luncheon.

Frederick Humphries, regent professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M) will be the guest speaker at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) constituency group's Annual Membership Luncheon at NLC's Congress of Cities in San Antonio on November 12. He will discuss his perspectives about the economic recovery in relation to its impact on African-American and other diverse communities.

Humphries, who has had a distinguished 30-year career as president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO), Florida A&M and Tennessee State universities, will also speak about what local officials around the country can do to help improve the educational opportunities for young people.

A renowned scholar and admired public servant, Humphries is respected throughout the U.S. and internationally for his keen insights on the education of minority students, particularly in math and the hard sciences, and his unique and visionary approaches to producing successful educational

outcomes in underrepresented disciplines.

According to his biography, during his nearly 17-year tenure at Florida A&M, where he created the Life Gets Better and Graduate School Feeder programs, he more than doubled enrollment while simultaneously raising academic standards. He increased the number of National Achievement Scholars at the school, ranking first in the nation three times, out-recruiting Harvard and Stanford. He also made Florida A&M the nation's No. 1 producer of African-Americans with baccalaureate degrees and third in the nation as the baccalaureate institution of origin for black doctoral degree recipients. His crowning achievement came when Florida A&M was selected as the first ever TIME magazine/Princeton Review "College of the Year" in 1997.

The NBC-LEO luncheon is a ticketed event open to all registered delegates and registered guests of the conference. Tickets must be purchased in advance via NLC's online registration at or at the registration desk at the Congress of Cities.

Other NBC-LEO Events

In addition to the luncheon, NBC-LEO will host its annual Anheuser-Busch Awards reception during the evening of November 12 at Boudro's on the Riverwalk restaurant and will honor local civic leaders. Tickets are required for this event.

On Tuesday, November 10, NBC-LEO will hold an Economic Development and Historic Heritage Tour, "Welcome to the Eastside: Echoes of the Eastside." The tour will reflect three distinct areas of San Antonio: Ellis Alley and St. Paul Square, the traditionally African-American hub of commerce and activity; the City Cemetery District, a collection of public and private burial grounds spanning over a century; and Dignowity Hill, the city's first exclusive residential suburb.

NBC-LEO will also convene its Nominating Committee Hearing, Wednesday, November 11, followed by its New Member Orientation. NBC-LEO will hold its Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, November 11.

The constituency group will also host a Night Out at Acenar on Friday, November 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event also requires an advance ticket purchase.

NBC-LEO will convene its Regional Directors Nominating Session, on Friday, November 13 in order for all regional director candidates to be identified for its Board of Directors' vote at the General Membership Meeting on Friday, November 13.


Details: For more information on the Congress of Cities, visit www.nlccongressof For a full schedule of events for NBC-LEO at the conference, visit the constituency group webpage on For additional details and more information on how to become an NBC-LEO member and participate in San Antonio activities, contact NLC staff at (202) 6263169.
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Title Annotation:Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Author:Daher, Sadira
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Nov 2, 2009
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