Alabama A&M University (AAMU) Board of Trustees has announced a huge contract extension for President Dr. Daniel K. Wims through December 31, 2030.

Dr. Daniel K. Wims became the president of AAMU in January 2022 after serving as Provost and Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs for twelve years. Since taking on his presidential role, Dr. Wims has spearheaded numerous initiatives that have significantly bolstered the institution’s standing in higher education.

Reflecting on his contract extension, Dr. Wims expressed his gratitude and optimism for AAMU’s future. “I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for entrusting me to continue to serve this institution, its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The collective commitment and dedication of our administrative team, faculty, and staff is to be commended. As we continue to move forward, I am confident that our focused efforts for growth and success will be met with great enthusiasm and acceptance,” said Dr. Wims.

Under Dr. Wims’ leadership, AAMU saw Fall 2023 enrollment reach a record-breaking 6,633 students, marking the highest student population in the university’s history. The freshman class alone exceeded 2,000 students, also a record-setting figure. On the academic front, Dr. Wims introduced new degree programs, including a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Ph.D. in Social Work, and an M.S. in Food Science Business. These additions are designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s job market and provide students with cutting-edge skills and knowledge.

Dr. Wims has been instrumental in improving the campus infrastructure. The Board approved a new Student Amenities Center and a new Science Building, enhancing the university’s facilities. Major renovations in the Historic District and the expansion of the university’s property to over 2,500 acres are also notable achievements.

Adding to the list of accomplishments, AAMU acquired the largest nonmonetary gift in its history by transforming Paint Rock Valley High School into a “Communiversity” facility. This space is dedicated to educational and community activities, further integrating AAMU into the local community.

In terms of research and funding, AAMU experienced increases in federal funding for fiscal years 2023 and 2024, along with greater state appropriations. The university also received a $1.2 million endowment from an alumnus, marking its second-largest gift. This endowment provides tuition assistance for academically gifted students, ensuring that talent and dedication are rewarded.

AAMU’s cultural impact also flourished under Dr. Wims’ tenure. The Marching Maroon and White Band made history as the first HBCU band to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Additionally, the university’s homecoming attendance reached a record-breaking 26,391 fans in the stadium and over 55,000 on campus, raising $1.4 million—the highest in its history. These milestones set the stage for AAMU to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2025.