Howard University’s SOTU Address to focus on Students

SOTU Address

SOTU Address (Courtesy Photo)

By Paul Holston
Updated 12:05 AM EST, Weds. February 24, 2016

Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick and Calvin Hadley, student ombudsman and strategic initiatives advisor for the office of the president, sat down with about 15 student organization leaders in a presidential dialogue Feb. 23 at the office of the president in the Mordecai Johnson Administration Building.

The purpose of the discussion was for Frederick to highlight and expand on the topics he would be discussing for Thursday’s State of The University Address. The address will be moderated by the Brandien Mitchell and Lindsey Foster, president and vice president of Howard University Student Association’s 55th administration.

“This is my fourth state of the university address in 12 months,” said Frederick. Previously, Frederick has held two faculty senate addresses and one alumni address.

Throughout the dialogue, Frederick expressed to student leaders that the address will be student focused as he will cover a number of topics including the Office of Undergraduate Studies, improving retention rates, tackling the “Old Howard” versus “New Howard” stigma, homecoming, finances of the university, the status of the Howard University Hospital and a brief overview of the FCC/WHUT Spectrum decision.

Following the presidential dialogue, Hadley announced the continuation of his student ombudsman hosted “Bison Teaching Bison” series, which allows the student body to directly interact with executives and staff from various offices, companies and departments throughout the university. The next upcoming series is tentatively scheduled with Howard University Police Chief Brian K. Jordan, executive director for Howard University’s Department of Public Safety, and his campus safety team on Weds., March 2 at 6 p.m. in the School of Business Auditorium.

“The goal is to simply create the best Howard University possible and that happens from us working together,” said Hadley.

For more information on Thursday’s SOTU address, follow HUSA 55’s social media on Twitter and Instagram at @55HUSA or email questions or concerns to the administration at To follow up on the upcoming “Bison Teaching Bison” series, follow @HUPrez17 or email Hadley at



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