Florida Memorial to formally install new President
Karl S. Wright, who became head of Florida Memorial University last year on the retirement of Albert E. Smith, will be formally installed on Friday as the 11th president of the historically black college.
Wright will also give the keynote address at the Miami Gardens-based university's 128th annual Founders' Day Convocation.
A Florida Memorial statement said Wright will likely outline goals for his administration, including continuing to increase the ethnic and cultural diversity of the student body, attracting top-tier professors and administrators and building strong relationships with the business and civic community.
''Our university is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides young men and women access to high-quality academics while promoting cultural diversity, global awareness and the principles and values of responsible citizenship -- all within the context and tradition of a historically black university,'' Wright said in the statement.
Wright previously served as the school's executive vice president and provost. The statement said he was instrumental in increasing student enrollment, upgrading faculty credentials and overseeing the graduate-degree accreditation process.
''From the day he set foot on campus, Dr. Wright has been a tireless advocate for success -- and was instrumental in Florida Memorial's historic passage from college to university,'' Charles George, chairman of the FMU board of trustees, said in the statement.
Before joining FMU, Wright served as dean of the School of Business at South Carolina State for seven years. He also served as assistant professor of Commodity Marketing and Economics at North Carolina A&T State.
He earned a Ph.D. in economics at Mississippi State and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park. His academic interests include economic modeling and statistical forecasting.