Former congressional aide, newswoman to head FAMU’s Alumni Affairs Office
Cummings is the new face in the place
TALLAHASSEE – Carmen Cummings Martin, former aide to Congressman Allen Boyd, has been named the new executive director of Alumni Affairs at Florida A&M University. Cummings is a 1984 FAMU graduate who is one of the most recognizable faces in the Tallahassee area, as well as among other FAMU alumni.
“Already, I have received so many calls from alumni who wanted to offer congratulations on this appointment,” said Dr. Alvin Bryant, president of the National Alumni Association. “I have been really impressed with their comments about Carmen. I look forward to working with her.
“We have wanted a director who is going to help us improve our membership, help us with our fundraising activities and provide professional support as we work together to achieve the objectives that have been set by Dr. Ammons,” Bryant said.
Cummings replaces Altha Manning. She will join the FAMU staff Aug. 29 after serving, since 2002, as the community-relations director for Boyd, who represents the Second Congressional District of 16 North Florida counties. Prior to her work with Boyd, she was news anchor and reporter for WCTV-Channel 6 (Tallahassee).
“Deep in my heart, I have always wanted to go back to the Hill,” Cummings said. “The timing was just never quite right until now.”
Cummings earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at FAMU. She is an award-winning journalist who has also earned numerous awards for her community service work: the 2006 recipient of the Sickle Cell Foundation Humanitarian Award; the Veterans Military Order of Purple Heart Award; and, the Refuge House Domestic Violence Awareness Advocacy Award, to name a few.
“I have spent more than half of my life dealing with people,” she said. “What I’ve learned is that you can’t make 100-percent of the people happy 100-percent of the time, but you can certainly try . . . because one of the strongest elements of my character is having a genuine concern for what people care about. I really believe in listening to other people.”
Cummings said she plans for one of her first “heart to hearts” to be with Dr. Bryant. “I have so much respect for him and really believe in the team approach. I don’t believe in conducting my professional life as a committee of one. We all need each other.”
FAMU President James H. Ammons telephoned Cummings himself, to ask her to join his team.
“I just knew, after talking with her, that I had found the right person to harness the energy of the alumni,” Ammons said. “Anyone who knows Carmen and talks with her about our alma mater, can feel the love that she has for this institution. I feel confident that she is going to be a great fit and that, with her energy, experience and creativity, she will help to build a model program for alumni relations.”
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