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by Lango Deen
ldeen@ccgmag.com
HHBCU Deans Roundtable:BCU Deans Roundtable:
PProducing Troducing Taalent in anlent in an
EEra of Changera of Change
Here are excerpts from the transcript of the Coun-
cil of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Engi-
neering Deans round-table discussion.The moderator
was William A. Brown, Sr., PE, HAIA, executive vice
president, Page Southerland Page LLP.

WILLIAM BROWN: The question I’d like to start off with is what special skills do HBCU
graduates have that will help rebuild America?
DR. V. TRENT MONTGOMERY: Our [Alabama A&M] students come from commu-
nities that have problems with environmental justice. They bring an understanding of
what the average person goes through in this country to the table, and fuse engineer-
ing into that mentality and set of solutions.
DR. LEGAND L. BURGE Jr.: One of the things that I have noticed about our [Tuske-
gee University] students is they have always been challenged, and because of [that]
they know how to find solutions outside the box. Most come with a transformational
attitude, and that’s different from what you’ll have in a majority school — thinking
Dr. V. Trent Montgomery
the traditional way of doing things is going to work. The transformational attitude
Dean, School of Engineering and
[asks] how we can do this better, cheaper and with low risk. That’s something we try
Technology
Alabama A&M University
to teach and we put it in things like ethics and senior design courses.
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