New President Has Ambitious Goals for Florida Memorial University

Late last month, Karl S. Wright was inaugurated as president of Florida Memorial University, the historically black educational institution in Miami Gardens. Wright, who previously served as provost and executive vice president at the university, aims to strengthen the school’s traditional liberal arts curriculum, but he also plans to make a new concerted effort to beef up offerings in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Many students at Florida Memorial University are from Caribbean nations. So Wright wants to refocus education on global issues. He wants to expand and open satellite campuses in the Caribbean and in Africa and have Florida students spend time on one of these campuses.

Wright knows he has a major job ahead to raise the money so that he can put his plan into action. But he believes that potential donors will agree with his vision and will help to make it a reality.