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Celebrating the Past, Ready for the Future

By Monette Austin Bailey
Published on 17-Jan-07

Gareth Murray, a charter member of BFSA; Meldon Hollis, charter member and president from 1972-74; Kenneth Morgan, president from 1974-78; Jerry L. Lewis, director of Academic Achievement Programs and president from 1986-88 and 2000-02; Jenny Jefferson, a former employee and "mother" of BFSA; Roberta Coates, staff ombudsman and president from 1990-94; William Armstrong, president from 1996-98; Alice Murray, retired associate director of Academic Achievement Programs and president from 1998-2000; Lawrence Jamison, a charter member; and current president Willie Brown, director of policy and planning with the Office of Information Technology.
Photo by Rosemary Parker

Recognizing 35 years of unity and advocacy, the Black Faculty and Staff Association celebrated its history at a well-attended event last month.

President Dan Mote congratulated the group on its history and accomplishments, noting the association's service to the university as an advocate and a sounding board.

Of the 13 past presidents of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), six were in attendance, as well as charter members of BFSA. Members of the current board presented a "President's Roll Call," honoring each one with a name, such as calling Academic Achievement Programs Director Jerry Lewis, who served two terms (1986-88 and 2000-02), "The Pioneer" for creating the BFSA newsletter and national conferences. He also raised the most funds for the group.

Willie Brown, current president and director of policy and planning with the Office of Information Technology, expressed satisfaction with the event. "The celebration was a success, with over 200 people in attendance, from department chairs to facilities staff," he said. "I am honored to be associated with the Black Faculty and Staff Association." Though speakers mentioned that there had been many positive changes since their days on campus in the '60s and '70s, leaders past and present encouraged current members to remember the group's founding mission to" look out for one another as members of the black community at the University of Maryland.

"You must continue working," said Meldon Hollis, president from 1972 to 1974, "because we're not done yet."
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