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Former FAMU President Frederick Humphries dies at 85

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 10:00 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Former Florida A&M University President Frederick S. Humphries, Sr., Ph.D. passed away Thursday at his home in Orlando, the university announced in a statement. He was 85.

“We have been informed of the unfortunate passing of Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, the eighth president of Florida A&M University. The dark clouds have indeed gathered on the horizon. Dr. Humphries is one of FAMU’s favorite sons. He committed his life to the advancement of higher education, in particular within the HBCU community, and changed the trajectory of FAMU,” current FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson said in the statement. “We join the Humphries family, friends and Rattlers around the world in celebrating a life dedicated to service and one well lived.”

On his Facebook page, Dr. Humphries’ family wrote that he “transitioned peacefully surrounded by family.”

In 1985, Dr. Humphries, an Apalachicola native, became the eighth president of the school. He was the third longest-serving FAMU president from 1985-2001.

Under Dr. Humphries’ leadership, FAMU was named College of the Year. According to FAMU’s website, during Dr. Humphries’ tenure, student enrollment soared from 5,100 [1985] to 9,551 [1992], and by the 1998-1999 school year, enrollment had reached 12,000 students. In 1992, 1995 and 1997, FAMU enrolled more National Achievement finalists than Harvard, Yale and Stanford.

Dr. Humphries’ family said that details on services will be provided once they are finalized.

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