Alumni Spotlight: Roy Hudson was first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at U-M

October 17, 2016

Roy Hudson didn’t start out with aspirations to be a university president. He didn’t consider executive management a potential career option. He figured his options were fairly straightforward, hoping he could extend his GI bill to cover most of a Master’s degree which would lead to a job as a high school teacher or technician.

That all changed the day he got funding. Roy was selected to be a Danforth Foundation Fellow, earning one of 50 highly competitive spots mostly given to students from Ivy League-style schools. That is when this unassuming yet tenacious student (i.e., Honor Roll, class valedictorian, SGA president, college Hall of Fame athlete, radio DJ, etc.) from a very small Christian college in North Carolina found himself able to pursue his dream education.

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