Florida State University President John Thrasher, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson and Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College, joined forces to sign a resolution for educational and civil unity during a celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Leon County Courthouse. The trio also each made remarks during the event.
The resolution affirms “the missions of our respective institutions and will pursue fulfilling their purposes promoting civil, moral, intellectual and social responsibilities to honor the rights and dignity of all” who attend FSU, FAMU and TCC.
RESOLUTION OF EDUCATIONAL AND CIVIL UNITY
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
AND TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The compelling need for educational excellence in American society throughout the Twenty-First Century is an undeniable ingredient in order for our nation to be a leader in the world and in all segments of human affairs.
Whereas, it is in this spirit that Florida A&M University, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College agree to promote and maintain a cooperative relationship between leaders and students of the three educational institutions in Tallahassee, Florida; and
Whereas, toward this purpose, we also will adhere to lifting and maintaining the highest standards of respect for all persons within our respective educational communities and we will promote an appreciation for the diversity of culture and ideals among our students, faculty and staff; and
Whereas, the challenges facing members of society at the state, national and international levels compels that our students and faculty remain socially sensitive and engaged so that our educational enterprises will remain relevant as we think globally but act locally; and
Whereas, we value the advances of automation and technology, however, it is critical that as American institutions of higher learning we must remain vigilant in our recognition, celebration and remembrance that nothing supersedes the human spirit and its relevance as a spiritual phenomenal worthy of our most sacred regard and protected by civil order; and
Whereas, here in the Capital of Florida we agree to endeavor to advance the educational mission of our respective institutions and to increase universal understanding of dynamics affecting the civil, social, political, economic and moral existence of all people including ideals lifted up as societal reflections touted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Therefore, we affirm the missions of our respective institutions and will pursue fulfilling their purposes promoting civil, moral, intellectual and social responsibilities to honor the rights and dignity of all who attend Florida A&M University, Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College.
Signed this 11th day of January, 2017.
Larry Robinson, Florida A&M University
John Thrasher, Florida State University
Jim Murdaugh, Tallahassee Community College