Fisk Alumnus and Chief Operating Officer of the United States Agency for International Development Alonzo Fulgham(’80) charged Fisk’s freshmen class to offer their service to communities at home and abroad during the University’s Global and Community Lecture Series.
“Be passionate about the world you are inheriting,” Fulgham said. “Take a personal commitment to you your country and the world and make it a better place.”
In addition to a stellar turnout by Fisk’s Class of 2014, members of the faculty and Nashville community were also in attendance for Fulgham’s lecture, “Why the World Needs You Now: Your Role in Economic Development and National Security Policy.”
Held in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall, Fulgham’s lecture was followed by a Q and A session with students. Fulgham spoke of his matriculation as a Fisk undergraduate remembering economics classes with professor Wilfred Davis and a roommate who served as the campus Peace Corps recruiter. He named these factors as influences on his initial aspirations for global service. Fulgham said the Fisk Experience also contributed to his preparation for leadership at USAID, a $15 billion sub cabinet agency that provides economic development and humanitarian assistance around the world.
“The world is a serious place,” Fulgham said. “The confidence that I have today…I got it from Fisk University.”
In 2006, Alonzo Fulgham was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of USAID. Fulgham directs the Agency through the implementation of its policies and reforms and assists the Secretary of State in reaching diplomacy goals. Fulgham has served at USAID since 1989 in a variety of capacities that include Private Sector Advisor in Swaziland and in Jordan and Deputy Director in Serbia and Montenegro.
Since 2006, Fisk’s Global and Community Lecture Series has introduced the city of Nashville to global and community leaders who demonstrate excellence in their respective areas and are respected as worldwide leaders and advocates for positive change. Fisk’s Global and Community Lecture Series has featured former U.S. Trade Representative The Honorable Mickey Kantor, Fisk alumnus, scholar, activist and distinguished professor Dr. Preston King as well as alumna, acclaimed poet, author and distinguished professor Nikki Giovanni.