The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) welcomes Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., as its newest member.

Tuskegee University’s mission mirrors that of NAC&U members which is to purposefully integrate liberal arts, professional studies, and civic responsibility. While Tuskegee University has distinctive strengths in the sciences, architecture, business, engineering, health, and other professions, all programs are built on a liberal arts foundation. In addition, Tuskegee develops high-order intellectual and moral qualities among students. This results in public-spirited graduates who have technical, scientific, and professional knowledge and are morally committed to public service with integrity and excellence.

“We are excited to welcome Tuskegee University as a member” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. “The University’s long history in combining career-oriented education with liberal arts makes them a natural fit for the consortium.”

Tuskegee University becomes the second HBCU (Historically Black College/University) to join NAC&U. Hampton University in Hampton, Va., has been a member since 2000. Tuskegee’s recently appointed president, Lily D. McNair, has extensive experience with NAC&U in her prior role as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.

“I am excited to see Tuskegee University broaden its institutional networking as a new member of the New American Colleges and Universities,” McNair said. “As a private institution, it is important for us to develop relationships with similar institutions, which in turn can further foster our sharing of best practices, innovations and mutually beneficial collaborations.”

About Tuskegee University

Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933, Tuskegee’s academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit