During his sophomore year at Fort Valley State University, Dr. Larry Rivers claimed that he would come back to be the president of his alma mater.
"I am so happy about being the 8th president of Fort Valley State University."
Rivers is originally from an area just outside of West Philadelphia, but he says choosing Fort Valley State to pursue his bachelor's degree, was an easy decision.
"Like most high school students I wanted to get away from home so Fort Valley sounded like a place I wanted to go."
Rivers met his wife, got a degree in Social Sciences, and eventually went on to earn two doctorate degrees from other institutions. The secret to his success -- is a concept he likes to call "communiversity."
"Where the community and the university work hand in hand for the common good of the area."
In the years to come, Rivers hopes to see every graduate equipped to make a positive impact on the world.
"We believe that if we bring students into Fort Valley State that we care enough for them to try to get them to learn the subject matter, leave here thinking, problem solving, human beings."