In 1973, President Calvin Rock sent Dr. Timothy McDonald and the Development Officer Dr. Rick McKinney to a Technical Assistance Workshop at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama. Dr. Audrey Dickerson one of the founders of Title III in Washington, D.C., presented information to the HBCU Title III Directors and representatives regarding grant policies, procedures, and the application process for becoming a recipient of the award. The program began in 1965. However, Oakwood College had no knowledge of this funding until that day.
All HBCU’s could apply for the funds to Strengthening Developing Institutions (SDIP) by completing the application, meeting all requirements and submitting the proposal before the deadline. Drs. McDonald and McKinney came back fired up that evening and started discussing, praying, writing and developed The Quin C Center - The 5 C’s of Institutional Development: Communication, Community, Curriculum, Coordination, and Culture. They prayed over the proposal and mailed it off. A few weeks later, the institution was awarded its first Large Federal Grant Award of $100,000. The monies were used for project funding staying compliant with the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Several directors followed Dr. McDonald and continued making strides with the assistance of the Title III Funds. Dr. Ellen Anderson became the director in 1978 and was followed by Dr. Rose Yates from 1981-1990, most of her achievements were academic driven to impact the following Departments: Business, Nursing, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Institutional Research, and Inner College (DLRC, CAS). Inner College was geared toward tutoring, academic advisement and personal social development. Their first tutor was Dr. Delbert Baker who returned in 1995 as the President of Oakwood College (University) and now holds a vice president of the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventist. Clifton Jessup also a tutor at the center, currently is a Oakwood University Board Member and recognized as Lawyer of the Year in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America based on over 4.3M confidential evaluations provided by leading attorneys throughout the country and others who benefitted from the peer group tutorial, counseling, academic advisement and independent study.
In 1990, Hattie Mims, Directed Title III Funds and Dr. Garland Dulan, V.P. of Academic Affairs, redirected the Title III Activities Director responsibilities to the V.P.’s of each Division Funds grew from $100K to $1.2M+. We moved from eleven Activities to five: Student Services, Academic Affairs, Technology, Provost, Program Administration, and Financial Affairs added later. Professors attended conferences for professional growth and development and accreditation. Several computer labs were developed for varied academic departments.
The campus Enterprise Resource Planning administrative software system (Jenzabar EX) was upgraded to enhance constituent satisfaction, achieve operational excellence, and maximize institutional success. Campus-wide fiber optics infrastructure backbone installation was completed. The campus core switch was upgraded from 1GB to 10GB backbone. Three hundred plus wireless access points were implemented campus-wide. Also, an electronic time keeping system was implemented to better manage employee’s time. In early 2000, Oakwood’s Endowment was fully matured.
Hattie Mims retired and Ivy Starks became the Title III Director. Title III continued to move the Institution into the 21st century with an upgraded telephone PBX with VOIP technology and fiber optics capabilities. Developed and implemented campus closed circuit CATV channel for emergencies and public announcements, including the installation of 30 LCD televisions in academic buildings, library, residential halls, student center, and other public areas. Technology increased above and below ground making the campus totally wireless. Inclusive of all funds (Title III HBCU, CCRAA/SAFRA) we were awarded $2.5M.
Ivy Starks was promoted to Assistant Executive Director for Development in 2013 and Michelle Ramey, the former Budget Analyst became the Title III Director.