Dear fellow Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni:

In March of 2015, during our 50th Annual Veterinary Symposium, I had the honor of being elected as your next Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni (TVMAA) President. I have served on the TVMAA Executive Council for many years as a council member, committee member and chair, vice president, and now President! In addition to serving on our Executive Council, I represent the TVMAA on the Tuskegee National Alumni Association.

Over the past three years, under the leadership of past president Saralyn Smith-Carr (’78), the TVMAA has made significant progress. We have increased our membership, implemented the use of Constant Contact to get information out to you quickly, enhanced the website, and increased veterinary school support via the Visiting Scholars program. There have also been enhancements to our alumni mentoring and recruitment efforts in support of veterinary school recruitment of prospective students.

It is an historic time for the TVMAA and the School of Veterinary Medicine. As you are no doubt aware, on March 30, 2015, Dr. Brian Johnson, 7th President of Tuskegee University appointed our very own Ruby Perry (’77) as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. As Dr. Perry positions the veterinary school for reaccreditation and future growth, it is more important than ever for alumni to get involved and remain connected. Financially connected alumni (through membership dues and other giving) are able to exert a collective voice that can be especially effective as we move our veterinary school into the future. During my time as TVMAA President, I would like to focus my efforts around the theme, “Get Connected”. We will achieve this goal the following ways:

(1) Administer TVMAA alumni survey to find out how the organization can best serve alumni and the school;

(2) Increase TVMAA membership from 20% to greater than 50% to ensure that TVMAA has a collective voice in institutional matters impacting the veterinary school;

(3) Implement TVMAA social media such as Facebook and Twitter to enhance communication and sharing;

(4) Establish regional alumni recruitment teams to work with the recruiter to ensure ready access of alumni mentors for prospective students; and

(5) Establish a network of alumni mentors who will engage with current veterinary students to ensure that the Tuskegee connection and “family” tradition is not lost.

Our TVMAA represents the best and brightest persons who are engaged in various aspects of veterinary medicine.   Thank you for electing me as your TVMAA President. I am honored to serve and look forward to our exciting future!

Stephanie Miles-Richardson (’92)