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Greetings, CAU Nation!


Summer is here and I hope many of you are taking time to relax, enjoy family and friends, and to rejuvenate. I was fortunate to take a two-week break, which included a lot of time at the beach, where I reflected on the many wonderful things we accomplished this academic year. From the inaugural LIFT Dinners to a beautiful Founder’s Day Convocation, to a successful CAU Day at the Georgia State Capitol, to an awesome Commencement Week, to name a few. Collectively, we never missed a beat. Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication.


In between all of these events, we welcomed a new football coach, Tim Bowens; exponentially expanded our image and awareness in the media; celebrated the awards and achievements of several faculty, staff and students; published an Annual Report, and completed our board-approved 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. In addition, I want to congratulate our new Women’s Basketball Coach, Tony Bailey, who most recently served as the assistant coach for the team.


Congratulations to Drs. Ishrat M. Khan, Xiao-Qian Wang, Conrad W. Ingram, Michael D. Williams, and private partner Dr. Ted Campbell at Excellatraon LLC, for winning a three year award totaling $1,000,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project entitled "NSF RISE: Enhancement of Research and Education Infrastructure - Laboratory for Prototype Devices Based on Functional Materials." The award will allow CAU to increase its capacity for material science research, support three to four doctoral students per year, host a summer research program for undergraduate students, provide $125,000 in startup funding for new faculty in the chemistry department, and enhance our partnership with Excellatron, a U.S.-based technology company and industry leader in revolutionary energy storage and manufacturing technology.


The Henry Luce Foundation awarded CAU a two-year $243,648 grant for four Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarships in Cyber-Physical Systems and Mathematics. The first installment of $140,000 was received in June.

Kudos to the CAU Art Museum on its recently published book, The Sweet Spot, Part 1 and Part 2, featuring the art from “The Sweet Spot” exhibits. You can request a copy of this beautiful coffee table memento today! The cost is $40.


Last month, I hosted Mr. Alan Wong, special advisor for the China – United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) African American Initiative to discuss cross-cultural education projects with CAU. Mr. Wong has extended an invitation to CAU to join an intimate delegation of six HBCU presidents to the HBCU Presidents Visit to China in December of this year to further discuss the expansion of this initiative and ways in which CAU and other HBCUs can benefit.


While I was away from campus, the University continued to be abuzz with young people (future CAU Panthers, I hope) participating in one of our six summer camps-- Horizons Atlanta, National Science Foundation HBCU-UP, Sherman Fairchild Foundation Summer Program, UNCF STEM Camp, Upward Bound, and Verizon Innovative Learning DEP STEM Camp. Whether campers are new to the programs or experienced, each camp exposes and broadens their horizons with enrichment activities and interdisciplinary learning in science and technology, the arts, reading, mathematic, and much more.


We are also pleased to welcome 25 rising leaders from the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) program. Hailing from 19 African countries, the fellows arrived on campus June 19 and will spend six weeks on campus and at several Atlanta-area businesses and establishments to learn critical skills in project management, model innovation, balanced scorecard, human systems engineering, leadership and entrepreneurship. YALI is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and

administered by the International Research & Exchange Board (IREX). CAU is the only HBCU in the nation to host a Leadership in Business institute.


This year’s fellows represent the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Zimbabwe.


The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) received a five-year $8.2 million grant from the UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to launch a Data Science Initiative to create a diverse future health workforce and advance data science capabilities. The announcement about this initiative was made at the Robert L. Woodruff AUC Library to a capacity audience composed of representatives from all of the AUC institutions, UHG, and the Atlanta business and political community. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Georgia State Rep. Calvin Smyre were on hand to support the initiative.


Summer is also a time to reflect, retool, and re-energize as we prepare for the 2019-2020 academic year, which includes a transition in leadership with our new President Dr. George T. French, Jr. coming aboard. Dr. French, who served as the president of Miles College for 13 years, will officially take the helm of CAU on September 1. Until his arrival, I will continue to serve as your Interim President.


Until the next time...

Lucille H. Maugé
Interim President

Clark Atlanta University



Elana Edusei cbl Jazmin T Jones CBL Jessica F Jones CBL
Congrats to Elena Edusei, Jazmin T. Jones,
Jessica F. Jones, and Calandra Small,
our 2019 Clare Boothe Luce scholars in Mathematics and Cyber-Physical Systems!




China-U.S. Exchange  
Holly Hill at CAU | June 12, 2019  

We welcomed visitors from the China-US Exchange Foundation to campus. Members of Rep. Hank Johnson’s office and fellow AUC presidents joined us for brunch at historic Holly Hill. 


Sweet Spot Catalog Available Now!
CAU Art Museum | Works by Alfred Conteh

Order your copy of the exhibition catalogue today!



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