Two HBCUs Recognize African Americans by Naming Auditoriums in Their Honor

Carver Randle Sr., a practicing attorney in the Mississippi Delta for the past 45 years, was recognized by Mississippi Valley State University by having the social science auditorium named in his honor. Randle served for 10 years as special assistant to the president of the university. Randle has personally donated more than $25,000 to the university and has helped to raise more than $150,000 for the Douglas T. Porter Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Randle played football for Mississippi Valley State University on an athletic scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences in 1965. He went on to earn a law degree at the University of Mississippi.

“I have a love for Valley because I know the opportunities that it provided me and what it continues to do for me,” Randle said. “It’s an ongoing relationship that still has its benefits. It’s always home for me. Valley provided me with a good college education and the opportunity to meet some acquaintances that have lasted a lifetime.”

Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, has named the auditorium in the Turner Family Center for Student Education after Wayne J. Riley, who served as the 10th president of the historically Black educational institution. Dr. Riley served as president of Meharry Medical College from 2007 to 2013.

Currently, Dr. Riley is president of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Before taking this post he served as clinical professor of medicine and adjunct professor of healthcare management and health policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Riley is president emeritus of the American College of Physicians.

President Riley is graduate of Yale University, where he majored in anthropology. He holds a master of public health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, an MBA from Rice University in Houston, and a medical doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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