The 1890 Universities Foundation: Advocates for the 19-Strong 1890 Universities

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Dr. Mort Neufville, President & CEO of the 1890 Universities Foundation

“The 1890 Foundation applauds the work of the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) in celebration of the center’s 50 years of strengthening capacity for the region’s land-grant universities. The 1890 Universities Foundation shares SRDC’s goal of supporting strategic partnerships and mobilizing resources to address critical issues facing communities in the rural south.

Since the 1890 University Foundation’s inception six years ago, we have promoted the 19-Strong brand to represent the 19 member universities in the 1890 Land-Grant community. Collectively, the 19-Strong 1890 Universities have earned the distinction throughout our 133-year history dating back to the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1890, as the historically black land-grant institutions of higher education committed to the advancement of research, extension, and teaching to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve. We stand ready to join our 1890 colleagues to continue collaborating with the SRDC and other stakeholders on rural development issues and opportunities that support vibrant communities.”

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