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Howard University's 90th Charter Day Gala Attracts 1800 Guests
Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick Announces $10 million in Gifts

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2014) -- On Saturday, March 8, Howard University hosted one of the largest Charter Day galas in school history with 1,800 guests who gathered at the Washington Hilton. Celebrating the 147th anniversary the University, the annual fundraiser is a must-attend event in the nation's capital. Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick announced nearly $10 million in gifts to the University. Howard Alumna and Award-winning Actress Phylicia Rashad was the Mistress of Ceremony.

Arthur Reynolds and Robert McLeod were recognized for a $4.9 million gift from Dr. Richard Francis Jones' Trust. Dr. Jones was a former Chief of Urology at Howard. Alfred C. Liggins was also acknowledged for his gift of $4 million to Howard University in honor of his mother Radio One Chairperson/Founder and Howard alumna Cathy Hughes. The gift will benefit the School of Communications.

The University honored four alumni for their extraordinary 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. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Nesta H. Bernard also received the inaugural Capstone Distinguished Service Award for three decades of dedicated service to Howard University.

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, which established Howard University.

On Friday, March 7, Howard held the Charter Day Convocation with keynote Jamie Dimon, board chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He charged students to work hard and maintain fortitude.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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