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Message from President Jessica M. Bailey

Greetings Wildcats,

Welcome to Fort Valley State University’s 2015 Homecoming. FVSU Wildcat fans from all around the world are gathering in Fort Valley, Ga. for a celebration of all the things about our wonderful and historic institution that we hold dear. This year’s theme: “Thriller in the Valley,” reflects the excitement and exhilaration we all feel as we celebrate the university’s myriad accomplishments and additionally, our 120th year.

Fort Valley State University remains one of Georgia’s greatest resources and a wellspring of history and excellence rooted in teaching and learning, scholarship and cultural enrichment. As part of our special mission as a land-grant institution, we continue to produce outstanding graduates poised to address today’s challenges as well as being creative innovators in developing ground-breaking research. Our robust efforts to educate inspiring leaders, scientists, researchers, business leaders, teachers, biologists and other professionals is second to none.

This fall, with your passionate involvement and support, we successfully increased our enrollment by 3.2 percent over last fall’s figures. More people are learning about who we are and how we are positively impacting our community, our region, our state and our country. FVSU also is transforming into an institution poised to soar to new and greater heights by providing new programs to help our graduates secure highly sought-after careers, including new minors in cybersecurity, applied statistics, theater, gerontology and chemistry. While we strategically grow, FVSU has remained committed to providing a deep-quality experience and excellence in all that it does.

We’re especially excited about our new band director who is helping to usher in a new era in our music program’s level of excellence and showmanship. You’ll be able to experience some of the band’s dynamic new energy this week as we celebrate an awesome array of activities, including a gospel concert, Greek show, Homecoming parade and outstanding Wildcat football. This homecoming celebration is for the entire City of Fort Valley, Middle Georgia and Wildcat fans everywhere. We can’t wait to see you there!


Dr. Jessica Bailey

Interim President