During Howard University’s recent Charter Day celebration, Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick announced that the university had accrued nearly $10 million in gifts.
At the Charter Day gala, held on March 8 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Arthur Reynolds and Robert McLeod were recognized for a $4.9 million gift from Dr. Richard Francis Jones’ Trust. Jones was a former Chief of Urology at Howard. Alfred C. Liggins was also acknowledged for his gift of $4 million in honor of his mother, Radio One Chairperson/Founder and Howard alumna Cathy Hughes. The gift will benefit the School of Communications.
The university also honored four alumni for their accomplishments in their respective fields: Dr. Patricia E. Bath, in the fields of medicine, ophthalmology, and research; T. Eloise Foster, in the field of Public Service; Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., in the field of STEM education; and Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., in the fields of medicine, surgery and public health.
This year’s Charter Day celebration marks the 147th anniversary of the charter enacted by Congress and subsequently approved by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867, that established Howard University.