Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith
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Founded more than 100 years ago, Fort Valley State University embraces a history that weaves together African American culture, a commitment to personal and intellectual growth, and a deep sense of community.
The university's status as a land-grant university has led to remarkable innovations in agriculture and related fields. Its acclaimed biology and chemistry departments help Fort Valley State University send more students of African descent to medical school and dental school than any other state school in Georgia. And the university's comprehensive liberal arts curriculum continues to set new standards of excellence.
With an enrollment near 2,500, the school is the perfect size for building lifelong ties that go beyond race and background -- ties that are based on a shared love of learning and thirst for personal growth.
More than 70 student organizations and activities range from a thriving sorority and fraternity system to conference-leading athletic teams, from honor societies to student government. Fort Valley State University's stately campus is the ideal environment for one-on-one learning, but the university faculty and staff also encourage connections to the world around us, both near and far-through close ties with local communities, and study abroad programs that trace ancestral bonds halfway around the globe.
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Key Findings of Statewide Economic Impact
In the 2013 fiscal year, FVSU’s payroll, operating, and capital expenditures, as well as the spending of its students, had a total, statewide financial impact of approximately $139 million, supporting over 1,300 jobs in Georgia. These impact figures represent the economic effect of money initially spent within the state, reflecting inputs of $59 million in spending by FVSU and $25 million in spending by its students. The greatest source of the total impact comes from the institution’s employee payroll expenditures with an impact of over $66 million statewide.
FVSU’s impact on the local economy totaled nearly $90 million in the 2013 fiscal year and supported over 1,000 jobs in a six-county region surrounding the institution. This amount is based on inputs of $43 million in local spending within the region by FVSU and $25 million by FVSU students.
FVSU’s impact on the Peach County economy totaled nearly $32.3 million in the 2013 fiscal year and FVSU’s students spent an estimated $25 million on various non-university activities. See slide #12 for more information.
College graduates in Georgia and the counties surrounding FVSU earn, on average, significantly more than their peers with only high school diplomas. The difference in median annual earnings between a bachelor’s degree holder and someone with only a high school diploma in Georgia is $23,588, while an individual with an advanced degree earns an additional $12,801. Based on these state earnings figures and recent degree completions data, we estimate that FVSU’s 2012 cohort of bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates can expect to collectively earn $9.5 million more per year.
Degrees granted by FVSU equip students to fill many statewide and regional employment needs. For example, popular FVSU degrees such as business administration and management prepare students to address labor market needs in management, management analysis, and accounting, while many of the University’s biology program graduates proceed to advanced studies in medical fields to meet the state’s rising healthcare demands.
As Georgia’s sole 1890 land-grant institution, FVSU’s contributions extend well beyond the benefits conferred to its students. For example, FVSU also contributes to the local community by providing a small business incubator, conducting agricultural research and support for farmers, offering event spaces to the public, and directing a variety of outreach programs for high school students.
Related to the previous point, and reflecting its role as one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), many of the University’s outreach programs focus on providing historically under-represented students with increased access to higher education in general, as well as opportunities in high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in particular.
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