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5 A MAN ON A MISSION Newly elected NAA President Lt. Col. Gregory Clark is using every opportunity possible to engage and recruit alumni and raise awareness and funds to help support student success.

bar and the membership,” Gaines said. “I’m looking forward to seeing him shore up the younger alumni base and getting them involved and engaged in what we’re doing. We need the ideas and input of the youth to keep our organization going,” he added. Training the next group of leaders through the Student National Alumni Association is a critical link to the future of the organization according to Clark. The new president said he is encouraged by the amount of students who are graduating and becoming active members of the National Alumni Association. “That’s what I’m most proud of,” Clark said. “A good leader is only as good as the people around them, so I grabbed my team and said, ‘Tell me how we can get to these young alums.’ And they quickly responded and are in the process of laying out a blueprint to help us move forward with regards to young

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alumni membership.” A 1993 FAMU graduate with a degree in business administration, Clark is a well-respected member of the Prudential Advisors and has served more than 25 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. In addition to being a life member of the alumni association, he is a member of the 100 Black Men of America, a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and member of the Prince Hall Shriners. His many long-term affiliations reflect his commitment to the community and the advancement of FAMU. He explained that in order to effect change you must be in it for the long haul. This is why he is heavily promoting life membership within the NAA. “Life membership is so important because it says that I’m making a commitment to the University and that I want my name enshrined in the University’s halls forever,” he said.

Although the NAA is undergoing a transition period, Clark believes the time has never been better for alumni to become active members. He is also encouraging FAMU supporters who graduated from other colleges or universities to join the organization as associate members. “As long as you support the orange and the green, you’re alright with me. Just please know and remember that as alumni we are the guardians of this legacy,” he said. “Our job is to ensure that no harm comes to this institution. We’ve got to train the next generation, these students that are in there right now, to understand that legacy.” You can contribute to the NAA’s $500,000 Retention Scholarship Fund or join the organization by visiting www.famunaa.org.

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