Alum SenatorAnderson New President of National Organization!

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Pictured above is ASU alumna, the Honorable Tonya P. Anderson (photo contributed).
Alumna New President of National Organization for Black Elected Legislative Women
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
An alumna of Alabama State University is the new president of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women). The Honorable State Senator Tonya Peterson Anderson (class of 1993) was elected by her peers and was sworn into office as the president of NOBEL Women in January, and as such, represents its members throughout the United States.
A native of Vernon, Fla., Anderson represents part of the Atlanta metro area in the Georgia State Senate and serves on many important State Senate committees, including Economic Development and Tourism; Veterans and Military Affairs; Banking and Financial Institutions; and Reapportionment and Redistricting.
"To now be serving as the president of our organization that is composed of Black women who have been elected to serve in various state legislatures from across the nation is both an honor and a delight," Anderson stated, from her office in the Georgia State Capitol building. "I feel gratitude and humility to be able to work with them to advance freedom and equality, as well as to address and work to dismantle systemic inequalities that have long cast a shadow over the members of our community."
Anderson credits Alabama State University as being a major factor contributing to the many successes that she has achieved in life. 
"Alabama State is one of the important foundations in my life. It's part of my family -  my Hornet Nation family - and ASU has propelled me to achieve greatness in my life and will continue to do so in my future," said Anderson, a graduate member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
Senator Anderson explained that numerous faculty, staff and students positively influenced her while she was a student at "O’ Mother  Dear," but two of them really stand out in her memory.
"As a student at the University, a faculty member, Dr. Annie Markham (wife of acclaimed ASU football coach Houston Markham) taught me English in my first semester of college and was both scholarly and professional in her academic approach in teaching me the basics of English, but also was motherly and caring in her kindness to me, which meant so much since I had just left my home and family in Florida for the very first time in my life."
She said there was also a student on campus during her time as an undergraduate at ASU who made an indelible impression on her.
"As a student, there was a fellow undergraduate who came from Michigan, a young man named Quinton Ross (now ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr.) who made a great impression on me as our Student Government Association president, and as a person who genuinely cared about the welfare of our fellow students and just about everyone else he encountered," shared Anderson. "He was a leader as a student and has evolved into an even greater leader today for our University."
Anderson, who frequently visits her alma mater, will return in March to participate in the anniversary of the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. She believes that all high school and transfer students should enroll in, attend and graduate from ASU. 
"Our Alabama State University is a very unique and special place to me and to so many others for many things that includes its academic prowess and for the historic mission that it has performed throughout its history, beginning at its creation in 1867 by nine former slaves in Marion, Alabama to the now dynamic 21st century University that offers cutting-edge degrees to its students and life-saving research, which impacts people not just within the nation, but globally," Anderson commented. "ASU, like the group of women who I serve with as president of NOBEL, celebrates our community's Black culture and offers a supportive, intimate and intellectual learning environment, which fosters and promotes students to excel academically, socially and professionally in their careers in life. I just love my ASU!"
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.