In 1890, under the presidency of Richard R. Wright, Savannah State University began its first set of classes at the oldest public historically black college in Georgia to ensure acceptance and education for all students of color in Savannah.
That tradition continued on April 12 with the inauguration of Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, the 13th president and first woman to hold the position at Savannah State.
The investiture honored the investing in new beginnings and introducing the vision and charge of the newly inaugurated president to the university's faculty, staff, students and community.
Among the attendees was the Georgia Board of Regents and Savannah's Mayor and SSU alum Edna Jackson who spoke at the ceremony.
"Women are the movers and the shakers in this city," Jackson said in her speech.
The ceremony wrapped up a week of university events that included an Adaptation of Flight from SSU's Visual and Performing Arts majors, a crafts lecture and demonstration and an inaugural gala.
Dozier came to SSU from the University of Georgia Gwinnett University Center, where she was the assistant vice president of academic affairs. She holds a doctorate in social work from Hunter College, City University of New York.