Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University
Motto Service is Sovereignty
Type Public, HBCU
Land-grant university
Established 1875
President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
Undergraduates 4,505 (Fall 2015)[1]
Postgraduates 1,123 (Fall 2015)[2]
Location Normal, Alabama, U.S.
34°47′05″N 86°34′12″W / 34.784643°N 86.569950°W / 34.784643; -86.569950Coordinates: 34°47′05″N 86°34′12″W / 34.784643°N 86.569950°W / 34.784643; -86.569950
Campus Suburban, 880 acres (3.6 km2)
Colors Maroon and White
Athletics NCAA Division I FCS
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Sports 15 Varsity sports
Nickname Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs
Mascot Butch
Affiliations APLU
Alabama A&M University Historic District

AAMU Campus Quadrangle, 2016
Area 291 acres (118 ha)
Architectural style Classical Revival, Modern Movement
NRHP Reference # 01001407[4]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 31, 2001
Designated ARLH August 25, 1994[5]

Alabama A&M University is a public, historically black, land-grant university located in Normal, Alabama, United States.[6][7] AAMU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in the 1870s as a normal school, it took its present name in 1969. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, also known as Normal Hill College Historic District, has 28 buildings and 4 structures listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places. With academic programs ranging from engineering to education, the letters "A&M", originally short for "Agricultural and Mechanical", are retained primarily as a link to the university's roots in agriculture and mechanical programs.

Alabama A&M was established by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1875. By 1878, the state appropriation increased to $2,000 and the school changed its name to the State Normal and Industrial School. In 1885 the name was changed to State Normal and Industrial School of Huntsville. By 1890, the school site became known as Normal, Alabama, and a post office was established. In 1891, the school was designated as a Land-Grant college through legislative enactment under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1890. In 1896, its name was changed to The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes. In 1919, the school became the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute for Negroes. In 1948 it was renamed the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. AAMU became fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1963. In June 1969, the school adopted its current name. The new millennium saw the construction of the West Campus Complex, the erection of the 21,000-seat Louis Crews Stadium, the renovations of buildings and the moving of athletic programs to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The School of Engineering and Technology facility was built in 2002, and the Ph.D. program in Reading and Literacy was established. Dr. Andrew Hugine was approved by the Board of Trustees as the 11th president on June 18, 2009. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved out-of-state scholarships for the Fall 2016 semester. The scholarships are contingent on prospective students meeting various academic qualifications.


The campus grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center was renovated in 2002, adding over 15,000 square feet (1,400 m²), an interactive Distance Learning Auditorium, conference, study and class rooms, lounges, and computer lab. The State Black Archives Research Center and Museum is located in the James H. Wilson Building, a national registered historical structure.

Normal Historic District

Louis Crews Stadium is the sixth largest stadium in Alabama. Elmore Gymnasium is home to the basketball teams, and was once rated as one of the toughest places for opponents to play. In 1994, the Mamie Foster Student Living/Learning Complex was erected. Groundbreaking was held for new School of Business facility in 1995 and stadium and residence hall construction began. The Engineering and Technology building construction was completed in 2002 and opened for classes in January 2003. The campus is served by the Bulldog Transit shuttle bus system. A new 600-bed residence hall is under construction. The Normal Historic Preservation Association was incorporated on April 15, 2009 to help preserve and protect the Alabama A&M University National Historic District.





National Space Science and Technology Center

The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) is a joint research venture between NASA, Alabama A&M and six other research universities of the state of Alabama, represented by the Space Science and Technology Alliance. The aim of the NSSTC is to foster collaboration in research between government, academia, and industry.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established The Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The system provides educational outreach to the citizens of Alabama on behalf of the state's two land grant universities: Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. [10] The system employs more than 800 faculty, professional educators, and staff members operating in offices in each of Alabama’s 67 counties and in nine urban centers covering the major regions of the state.[11][12] In conjunction with the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the system also staffs six extension and research centers located in the state’s principal geographic regions.[11] Since 2004, "Alabama Extension" has functioned primarily as a regionally based system in which the bulk of educational programming is delivered by agents operating across a multi-county area and specializing in specific fields. County extension coordinators and county agents work with regional agents and other extension personnel to deliver services to clients within their areas.[11]

Student life

Student activities

The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (OSALD) provides services, programs and co-curricular experiences that provide students with opportunities to develop skills, improve leadership competencies, and enrich their college experience. OSALD has oversight of and provides assistance to several student-led organizations:

Other student organizations

  • AAMU Cheerleaders
  • AAMU Marching Maroon & White (marching band)
  • The Dancin' Divas
  • AAMU Gospel Choir
  • Sigma Tau Epsilon professional fraternity Rho chapter
  • Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity, Xi Xi chapter
  • Eta Kappa Tau Engineering and Technology Fraternity, Alpha chapter
  • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Pi Epsilon chapter
  • Nu Rho Sigma fine arts fraternity, Alpha Alpha chapter
  • Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women, Theta Zeta chapter
  • Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority, Theta Iota chapter
  • Voluptuous Bulldog Beauties (VBB)-Women's Plus Size Organization, and Dance Team
  • AAMU Southern Belles

  • The Collegiate 100 Black Men Of America
  • Student Government Association
  • AAMU Democrats
  • AAMU University Choir
  • M.A.N.U.P "Men of America Nurturing and Ushering Progress"
  • Marketing Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Ward Modeling Troop, Incorporated
  • House Arrest Two Championship Dance Team Incorporated
  • Trendsetters Fashion Club
  • Alima Dance Company
  • P.O.W.E.R.(Placing Opportunities Within Everyone's Reach) Mentor Program
  • Forestry club/ Fire dawgs

Alabama A&M University Choir

In May 2008, the Alabama A&M University Choir was slated to participate in the American Choral Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany. In 2007, the choir became the first HBCU choir to be invited to attend the American Choral Festival in Germany. On Thursday, January 21, 2010 the choir performed a historical concert at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) Annual Conference. This was a historical event because the choir was the first HBCU Choir in the state to perform at that conference. In 2014, the choir was invited by the Distinguished Concerts International of New York (DCINY)to be presented in concert at the Lincoln Center in New York, NY.


AAMU "Interlock" Logo

AAMU "Interlock" Logo

Main article: Alabama A&M Bulldogs
Robert Mathis played at AAMU from 2000 to 2003, winning multiple All-SWAC honors and breaking conference sack records

Alabama A&M's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly I-AA for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Alabama A&M's colors are maroon and white and their mascot is the Bulldog. The Alabama A&M Department of Athletics sponsors men's intercollegiate basketball, football, baseball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field along with women's intercollegiate tennis, basketball, soccer, track, cross country, bowling, volleyball and softball. Also offered are men's and women's swimming clubs. The football team's home games are played at Louis Crews Stadium. Both men's and women's basketball home games are played in Elmore Gymnasium, affectionately known by fans as "The Dog House."[13] Prior to joining the SWAC, Alabama A&M competed in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1941 to 1998. While in the SIAC, Alabama A&M won 11 conference championships in women's volleyball, 7 conference championships in football, 7 in cross-country, 9 in men's basketball, 2 in women's basketball, and 2 in baseball. Notable athletes include John Stallworth, Robert Mathis, Andre Brick Haley, Howard Ballard, Jearl Miles Clark, Desmond Cambridge and Obie Trotter


Alabama A&M University is the licensee for National Public Radio affiliate station WJAB 90.9, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on campus.[14] WJAB airs various public affairs programming, as well as live coverage of Bulldog athletic events.

Notable alumni


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jack Thomas 1983 11th President of Western Illinois University [15]
Hadiyah-Nicole Green 2003 Tuskegee University professor, currently developing a cancer treatment involving lasers and nanoparticles. [16]
Robert D. Bullard 1968 Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School Of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University
Matthew W. Bullock 1968 College professor and administrator, lawyer, and American football player and coach

Public service and government

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Kenneth Gulley 1993 Mayor of Bessemer, Alabama
Linda Coleman (Alabama politician) 1971 Member of the Alabama Senate, 20th district
Mandela Barnes 2008 Politician, Wisconsin State Representative 11th Assembly District
Don Calloway 2002 Politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives from the 71st district
Whiquitta Tobar 2012 Georgetown Law graduate, Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. Former college basketball player at Alabama A&M
Laura Hall (politician) Politician, Alabama House of Representatives
Miriam Witherspoon Former member of the Birmingham City Council


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
John Stallworth 1974 (MBA 1986) National Football League Hall of Fame member, Former Pittsburgh Steelers player; four time Super Bowl champion; Four time Pro-Bowler. Founded government contracting firm, Madison Research in 1986. [17]
Robert Mathis 2003 National Football League NFL Pro Bowl defensive end for Indianapolis Colts
Jearl Miles Clark 1989 Gold Medal Olympian; holds the American record in the women's 800 m at 1:56.40. [18]
Howard Ballard 1987 Former National Football League player (2 time Pro-Bowler, 4 time Super Bowler) [19]
Mike Williams (tight end) 1982 Former National Football League player [20]
Ronnie Coleman (American football) 1974 Former National Football League player, running back for the Houston Oilers from 1974 to 1981 [21]
Jamaal Johnson-Webb 2012 Current National Football League offensive lineman
Frank Kearse 2011 National Football League Current National Football League defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins
Johnny Baldwin 2006 Former National Football League player (Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins) [22]
Joe Patton 1994 National Football League Former Tackle for the Washington Redskins
Brick Haley 1989 National Football League and College football defensive coach
Robert Prunty 1988 Cincinnati Bearcats football Offensive Coordinator [23]
Mickell Gladness 2008 Former National Basketball Association player
Obie Trotter 2006 International Professional Basketball player and 2006 NCAA season steals leader
Desmond Cambridge 2002 All-time NCAA season steals leader
Nigel Moore (basketball) 2003 Former college and professional basketball player
Frank Sillmon 1989 Named one of the five greatest players in A&M program history by ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia
Willie Hayes (basketball) 1989 Former AAMU basketball player and current head men's basketball coach
Cleon Jones former Major League Baseball player
Dannette Young-Stone 1986 Former track athlete, who won U.S. Olympic gold and silver medals in the 4 X 100 relay in 1988 and 1992 [24]
Mfana Futhi Bhembe 2008 former soccer player for the Bulldogs who went on to play in soccer leagues in Swaziland and in Major League Soccer.
Barry Wagner 1989 Former Arena Football League player
L. Vann Pettaway 1980 Former men's head basketball coach
Jean Harbor 1986 Former soccer player for the Bulldogs who went on to play in various soccer leagues in Nigeria and the United States
Lwazi Maziya Former soccer player for the Bulldogs who went on to play with Mbabane Swallows of the Swazi Premier League and the Swaziland national football team.
Mfana Futhi Bhembe Former soccer player for the Bulldogs and Swazi footballer.

Civil rights

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Vivian Malone Jones 1963 Received a Bachelor's degree in Business Education from AAMU before being blocked from enrolling at the University of Alabama[25]
Joseph Lowery Attended Minister and leader during African-American Civil Rights Movement


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Sylvester Croom, Sr. Minister and community leader in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Father of first African-American SEC head football coach Sylvester Croom Jr. Former AAMU football player.

Art and media

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Ruben Studdard 2015 American Idol season 2 winner
Henry Panion Attended Composer, arranger, conductor, educator, and professor in the department of music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Michael Crooms Attended Music producer
Sun Ra Attended jazz musician
Bama Boyz Attended Music producers

See also


  1. "AAMU Experiences Marked Enrollment Increase". 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  2. "Alabama A & M University". Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  3. "Alabama Space Grant Consortium" (PDF).
  4. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. "Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  6. "Results". Commission on Colleges. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  7. "What are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)?". Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  8. "Home". 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  9. "AAMU Releases Enrollment Data". 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  10. "2004 Highlights," Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
  11. 1 2 3 "2003 Annual Report," Alabama Cooperative Extension System
  12. Henderson, Chinella "Urban Centers," Metro News, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
  13. "Alabama A&M Athletics - A&M to drop men's soccer program". 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  15. "Dr. Jack Thomas - Office of the President - Western Illinois University". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  16. "Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green2 | Tuskegee University". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  17. John Stallworth (2006-08-01). "How I Did It: John Stallworth, CEO, Madison Research, How I Did It Article". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  19. Howard Ballard (2016-01-18). "Howard Ballard, T at". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  20. Mike Williams. "Mike Williams, TE at". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  21. Ronnie Coleman (2016-01-03). "Ronnie Coleman, RB at". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  22. "Johnny Baldwin NFL Football Statistics". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  23. "Robert Prunty Bio - University Of Cincinnati Official Athletic Site University Of Cincinnati". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  24. Bill Bryant (2012-02-28). "Alabama A&M sports history: Track's Dannette Young-Stone". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  25. Blaustein, Albert P. (1991), Civil Rights and African Americans: A Documentary History, Northwestern University Press, p. 483, ISBN 0-8101-0920-4

Additional reading

  1. Morrison, Richard David. History of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University: 1875–1992. Huntsville, Ala. : Liberal Arts Press, c1994.
  2. "Results". Archived from the original on 11 December 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2005. 
  3. "Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Archived from the original on 10 December 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2005. 
  4. "WJAB Jazz & Blues!!". Archived from the original on 8 November 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2005. 
  5. Saintjones, Jerome. (2011) Normal Index Online. Alabama A&M University. Normal, AL.

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