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Bill Lacey Named CEO of GE Lighting Bill Lacey joined General Electric (GE) in 1992 and has filled several finance leadership roles at GE Appliances & Lighting, GE Power & Water and GE Healthcare. In 2002, he was positioned as the CFO of GE Wind Energy and, in years since, has served as GE’s chief financial officer of their healthcare medical diagnostic division. He also served as an executive audit manager with GE’s Corporate Audit Staff (CAS). Lacey was named CEO of GE Lighting earlier in 2016 after GE Power was split into two divisions— lighting and current. Lacey received a degree in business administration from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry.

Donovan Long Becomes Anchor at WVLT Reporter Donovan Long graduated from the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication in May 2015 and has since made a splash in the newsroom. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member got his start on FAMU TV-20 and upon graduating was hired as a multimedia journalist and weekend anchor at WFXL in Albany, Ga. He was recently hired as an anchor at WVLT Local News 8 in Knoxville, Tenn. During his time at FAMU, Long won numerous awards for his work. Long’s accolades include being deemed “Best Television Journalist” and “Best Multimedia Journalist” by the Southeast Journalism Conference in 2015, and “Best Breaking News Reporter” by FAMU’s Society of Professional Journalists. Long is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Golden Key National Honor Society, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Gilda Cobb-Hunter Named MEAC Distinguished Alum The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has recognized S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter as MEAC Distinguished Alumni of the Year for 2016. Cobb-Hunter is a lifetime member of the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) and founding member of the South Carolina Chapter of the association. Cobb-Hunter is the executive director of the CASA/Family Systems, a family violence agency serving counties in S.C. including Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun. She has worked on the state, regional, and national levels on a myriad of issues to make communities a better place to live for working families. In 1992, Cobb-Hunter became the first African-American woman elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. Cobb-Hunter earned her AfricanAmerican studies degree from FAMU in 1973.

Pamela Pugh Smith Serves on Michigan Board of Education Pamela Pugh Smith was elected to the State of Michigan Board of Education during a recent general election. Pugh is the owner of Regeneration LLC, a business that serves as a catalyst for economically sustainable and healthy urban communities by assisting public agencies, organizations, and businesses in building capacity through effective operations and winning partnerships. Prior to starting this business, she was employed by the Saginaw County Department of Public Health for 14 years. She received a doctorate of public health (DrPH) from the University f Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University. Pamela has been at the forefront of the fight to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Michigan. Her research entails development of an instrument to assess and identify households and neighborhoods that pose the greatest environmental health risk.

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Profile for FAMU Communications

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...

Spring 2016 A&M Magazine  

In this issue of A&M Magazine we tell the story of FAMU’s rich tradition of empowerment. Our cover story, “Planting Hope,” chronicles the...