Pioneer in Higher Education Dr. Ruth Simmons in NYC November 20-22; Available for Interviews to Share Vision for HBCU Prairie View A&M

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Pioneer in Higher Education Dr. Ruth Simmons in NYC November 20-22; Available for Interviews to Share Vision for HBCU Prairie View A&M; PVAMU’s Marching Storm to make first-time appearance and lead the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

About Dr. Simmons:-Named Time Magazine’s Best College President, 2001-Honored as Ms. Woman of the Year by Newsweek, 2002-40+ honorary degreesTopics Dr. Ruth Simmons can address:Higher education funding, diversity issues, and leadership and women’s issues

WHO & WHAT: Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African American president of an Ivy League university, will be in New York City to support Prairie View A&M Marching Storm’s first appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, just weeks prior to her officially taking the helm of Prairie View A&M as university president this December. Simmons, a leader and distinguished administrator in the field of higher education has held top roles at Brown University, serving as president from 2001-2012, Princeton, Smith, Spelman and USC. After serving as interim president of PVAMU for five months, Simmons plans to continue to enhance PVAMU, a historically black university in the Houston area, using her expertise educating students and growing Ivy League institutions, women’s universities and HBCUs across the country for more than 30 years.

This will be the PVAMU Marching Storm’s first appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The PVAMU Marching Storm was selected from 175 applicants as one of 10 bands to march in the 2017 holiday spectacle and chosen to lead the parade.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES are available with incoming Prairie View A&M University President Dr. Ruth Simmons and band members of the award-winning PVAMU Marching Storm from Monday, November 20 through Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Topics Dr. Ruth Simmons can address include:
-Higher education funding
-Diversity issues
-Leadership and women’s issues

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 20 – Wednesday, Nov. 22
Various times available and can be scheduled in advance.

WHERE: New York City

WHY: Education is the backbone to what makes individuals successful and upwardly mobile in today’s society. Dr. Ruth Simmons is an accomplished educator and administrator with a success rate of making universities thrive. Her vision to strengthen PVAMU and its student body as she has done for other renowned universities gives a sense of hope for the university, its students and faculty and alumni.

About Dr. Ruth Simmons:
-Named Time Magazine’s Best College President in 2001
-Honored as Ms. Woman of the Year by Newsweek in 2002
-Serves on more than 40 advisory boards including Texas Instruments, Mondelez, Chrysler and Square
-Over 40 honorary degrees

About Prairie View A&M University:
Designated an institution of the first class in the Texas Constitution, Prairie View A&M University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the University is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. For more information, visit

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