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Alumnus Honored for Longtime Commitment to ASU

Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Jul 13, 2012

George Andrews has spent more than half a century demonstrating his commitment to ASU. Now, he is being honored for his dedication to the University.

After more than 60 years of giving back to his alma mater, Alabama State University alumnus George Andrews (‘51) recently was honored for his record of service, dedication and commitment.

Andrews was awarded the Northeast Regional Membership Award by the Northeast Regional chapter of the National Alumni Association (NAA), the first award of its kind.

“Several chapters in the Northeast Region had discussions about honoring him, and I knew it was time,” said Rita A. Knight, ASU/NAA Northeast Regional President. “His love for ASU far exceeds that of any other that I have witnessed. Mr. Andrews has let it be known that although ‘It’s A Great Time to Be A Hornet,’ he has always considered it a privilege and an honor to be one.”

Andrews, a Montgomery native, is a lifelong supporter of ASU. He attended ASU’s kindergarten before graduating from ASU Laboratory High School in 1947. After enrolling in then-Alabama State College, Andrews became a student leader, serving as drum major, president of his freshman and sophomore classes and president of the Dramatics Guild. He also was voted Student of the Year and Senior of the Year.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology in 1951,  Andrews entered the U.S. Air Force but still maintained his commitment to ASU.
In 1967, Andrews helped to initiate the first appearance of the Mighty Marching Hornets Band on national television. The band performed on Dec. 10 at a New York Jets football game at Shea Stadium. The performance led to many more national appearances for the band. 

Andrews  also has been a leader in the NAA, serving as a member of the Executive Board and as vice-president of the organization. He founded the New York Metropolitan chapter of the alumni organization and, in 1998, was named President Emeritus by the members of the chapter. Andrews has recruited more than 126 students to ASU and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

While Andrews has received numerous civic awards, he most cherishes those given to him by his alma mater, including being named Alumnus of the Year (1973, 1974), and receiving the Dr. Emory O. Jackson Memorial Award and the Harper Councill Trenholm Memorial Award. In addition, the University’s highest student honors award bears Andrews’ name.   

“It is an honor to be recognized by ASU,” Andrews said. “I have always been a part of ASU.  It’s in my blood.”

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