For Immediate Release
April 09, 2012
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Zachary Rinkins
Office of Public Affairs
(305) 626-3624

(BPRW) Florida Memorial University President to Join Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

(BLACK PR WIRE) – MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 9, 2012) – Florida Memorial University President Dr. Henry Lewis, III, was unanimously accepted to the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) Board of Directors. M-DCC promotes the growth, expansion and development of South Florida’s black businesses and professionals. M-DCC President Bill Diggs expressed “pleasure” in Lewis’ appointment in a formal announcement. Lewis views his appointment as an opportunity to serve.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this appointment,” Lewis said. “FMU is one of South Florida’s top employers of African-Americans. We supply the marketplace with high-quality graduates who stimulate the regional economy. This appointment provides another opportunity to serve the greater community.”

Among other responsibilities, the M-DCC Board of Directors is charged with providing general oversight of the finances and activities of the chamber. As a longtime educator and president of South Florida’s only historically black university, Lewis brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the organization. Lewis serves on several boards for federal, financial and civic institutions including the National Library of Medicine, Capital City Bank Group and Miami Children’s Initiative.

“I look forward to making a significant contribution to M-DCC’s great tradition of expanding economic opportunity for our community,” Lewis added.

About Florida Memorial University:

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 42 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of student Barrington Irving, Jr., the first pilot of African descent and youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. Dr. Henry Lewis, III, PharmD, is the university’s twelfth president. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (305) 626-3624. You can support FMU by visiting