Saint Augustine’s University was founded in 1867 in Raleigh, North Carolina by prominent Episcopal clergy for the education of freed slaves. Over the years, it has become one of the country’s most highly respected private, accredited, historically black, co-educational institutions of higher learning. Of Saint Augustine’s more than 10,000 alumni, a high percentage have distinguished themselves in many enterprises and professions.
(1) North Carolina’s former State Auditor, the Hon. Ralph Campbell, Jr. ’68, the first African-American elected to that position in this state; (2) George Williams, ’65, internationally acclaimed track and field coach; (3) Ruby Butler DeMesme, ’69, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (ret.) for Manpower, Installations and Environment; (4) Hannah Diggs Atkins, ’43, first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1968-1980) and recipient of numerous awards and honors for distinguished service; (5) the remarkable Delany sisters, “Bessie” and “Sadie,” who became the country’s most renowned centenarians in 1993 when they were 102 and 104 years of age, upon publication of their best-selling memoir, “Having Our Say,” later made into a Broadway play.
The National Alumni Association of Saint Augustine’s University, Inc. currently operates as an incorporated, not for profit corporation under Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Affiliate local alumni chapters aligned under a regional structure comprise the body membership of the National Alumni Association. Members of the National Alumni Association have shown their dedication and commitment to the University for the past seventy-five years.
The mission of the National Alumni Association of Saint Augustine’s University, Inc. shall be:
- to foster a closer relationship between members of the alumni;
- to arouse more determined and productive efforts in the interest of the University;
- to promote and advance the interests and welfare of the University through activities of alumni associations on all levels;
- to utilize the collective energy, expertise and influence of its members to generate programs and initiatives to serve the educational needs and ambitions of the University; and
- to establish endowments, scholarships, and trusts in aid of and supplemental to the educational programs of the College.