Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Columbia, SC --- December 7, 2015 --- Dr. George T. French, the President of Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, will deliver the winter commencement address during the Benedict College Commencement Convocation. The ceremony is set for 9 a.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016, in the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena on the main campus.

bc_commencement_20161210_speaker_george_t_french_jrAs President of Miles College, Dr. French led the largest Capital Campaign Fund Drive in the history of the College, helping the College to exponentially develop and expand rising more than $42 million, exceeding the College’s goal of $30 million. With these strategic efforts, Miles College has achieved an unprecedented financial composite score rating of 7.0, denoting that an institution is in sound financial health and position for growth, and positioning the College among the most fiscally sound institutions in the nation.  To date, President French has secured approximately $100 million dollars of funding in support of Miles College.

Under the leadership of President French, Miles College has increased allocation toward education and educational support services by 11.03%. Total operating budget increased significantly since 2005 on an average of $2 million per year. Miles College has progressively increased student access to educational funding with a recent 54.31% in Pell Grants awarded. Pell grants provide assistance to eligible undergraduate postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need to help meet educational expenses.

Dr. French has won numerous awards to include Birmingham Spotlight “Man of the Year” award. He is a member of the Regions Financial Diversity Advisory Council. Dr. French serves as an officer of the Birmingham Business Alliance Executive Committee as Vice President for Workforce Development.  In 2011, he was appointed the Treasurer of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Dr. French earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Policy Analysis from the University of Louisville. He was competitively accepted into the University of Richmond Law School, where he matriculated for two years before being recruited by then President Albert Sloan to reposition Miles College as the Director of Development. He completed his final year of laws school at Miles Law School, earning a Juris Doctorate. Dr. French holds a J.D.  It is a rare accomplishment to pursue both a Ph.D. and J.D. Dr. French became the 14th President of Miles in 2006.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 kymm.hunter@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 carolyn.wigfall@benedict.edu

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