NC A&T renames 2 dorms to honor accomplished alumni
GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – Two iconic campus buildings have new names at NC A&T.
The Board of Trustees voted to rename the campus buildings, formerly Morrison Hall and Cherry Hall, in honor of two former students: Former Board Chair Velma Speight, Ph.D. and former Dean from Joseph Monroe College of Engineering, Ph.D.
“To name these campus buildings for such distinguished and deserving alumni as Drs. Speight and Monroe are our honor and our pleasure. The dedication, service and impact they have had on this campus, their respective fields and our nation are more than significant, ”said Ken Sigmon, Vice Chancellor for Academic Advancement and President of the Foundation for University Advancement. North Carolina A&T State University, Inc. “As a premier institution of higher education, A&T will do everything possible to ensure that our campus, including buildings, reflects the ideals and individuals of the most high quality and the highest standards.
Known as “Miss Aggie Pride”, Speight has demonstrated a strong commitment to her alma mater, as well as the field of education, for over 45 years.
Monroe earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, English and French from A&T before moving on to Texas A&M, where he received a master’s and a doctorate. degrees in computer science, becoming the first African-American to earn a doctorate in this discipline in the United States.
After graduating, Monroe received a second lieutenant commission in the US Air Force and was appointed associate professor of computer science at the US Air Force Academy. Monroe became the first African American appointed full professor at the Academy.
The buildings lost their names last year after “findings were revealed that their namesakes were aligned with white supremacy,” which A&T says does not ally with their values.
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