Two New Centers of Excellence Announced at Delaware State University & Tennessee State University
Funding for two new centers is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food & Agriculture. Total number of Centers now at six.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The 1890 Universities Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of two new Centers of Excellence at two of our 1890, historically Black, land-grant universities.
Delaware State University has been selected to lead the Center for “Emerging Internet of Things (IOT) Technologies for Smart Agriculture” and Tennessee State University will host The Center of Excellence for “Natural Resources, Renewable Energy, and the Environment (COE-NREE): A Climate Smart Approach.”
Funding for these two centers is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The launch of these two new centers brings the total number of Centers of Excellence from four to six.
Said Dr. Paul Jones, Chair of the 1890 Foundation Board of Directors and 1890 Council of Presidents ….
The Centers of Excellence (COE) is where the theme “19-strong” comes to life as the COE concept harnesses the cumulative disciplinary strengths of the 19-member universities while enhancing the competitiveness of each member contributes to the 1890 Universities System. The COE design was a provision of the 2018 Farm Bill championed by Congresswoman Alma Adams and Senator Sherrod Brown which established six COEs at the 1890 universities. Together with the leadership of the Foundation, we plan to be strategic and intentional in our implementation of the Centers of Excellence
Said Dr. Mortimer Neufville, President and CEO of the 1890 Universities Foundation …
Congratulations to Delaware State and Tennessee State Universities on their selection to host these new Centers of Excellence. We look forward to welcoming these two new Centers of Excellence along with the consortium of other 1890 universities who will serve as co-leads and collaborators in the research and extension outreach that will benefit the students, faculty and communities served by our 19-strong, historically Black, land-grant universities. The 1890 Universities Foundation is committed to working in partnership with our newest Centers of Excellence to ensure their success and ongoing funding through federal and private resources.
The 1890 Universities Foundation - “The Foundation” - was established to support the core 1890 mission of education, outreach, and research across the nineteen 1890 land-grant universities in the UnitedStates. It is organized and operates as a 501(c)3 charitable higher educational organization. Additional information about these new Centers of Excellence is available in the following media release.
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The 1890 Universities Foundation …
The (19) 1890 land-grant universities are: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University in Missouri, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Southern University and A&M College, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University. For more information and engagement, visit 1890foundation.org or go to Twitter @1890foundation.