Like several HBCUs, Howard has faced some financial hurdles in recent years, but its academic reputation, and the commitment of its alumni, have never waned. Now there are signs that a financial turnaround might be on the horizon, as the university looks to benefit from the economic boom in the neighborhoods surrounding its Washington, D.C., campus. Howard recently announced a deal that will earn the university $22 million by leasing a former dormitory into redevelopment as luxury apartments. “This is really for us to find ways to find capital to reinvest in the university’s mission,” a Howard vice-president said of the deal.

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Howard University plans to rename the School of Communications after media authority Cathy Hughes.

Toni Akindele
Oct, 07, 2016

Howard University will be recognizing media powerhouse Cathy Hughes, by renaming the School of Communications in her honor.

Hughes became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company when the media company she founded, Radio One went public in 1999. Thanks to Hughes, Radio One is the largest Black owned broadcast company in the US.

Moreover, Radio One owns and operates 55 radio stations in 16 US markets, giving the company the largest radio footprint with a predominantly Black audience.  

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Before becoming a media mogul, Hughes’ humble beginnings started in DC. In the 1970’s Hughes created radio platform “The Quiet Storm” on Howard University’s radio station WHUR and has since kept a lasting relationship with the school,  making generous donations and lending support.

Howard University will be renaming the School of Communications to the Cathy Hughes School of Communications. The naming ceremony will take place Sunday, October 23 on Howard’s campus following the school’s homecoming. The Hilltop, Howard’s Student Newspaper has provided the full press release here.

Congratulations, Cathy Hughes!