Throughout the month, Tuskegee University will host several events to honor the legacy of Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, the school’s fifth president, who announced his retirement last year.

During his time at the university, Payton has instituted numerous programs and initiatives that have broadened the school’s academic advancement. His achievements include establishing the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science Engineering and Health Education, launching the university’s first doctoral programs and restructuring the school’s academic programs into five defined colleges.

The month-long celebration will include lectures, an alumni salute to the outgoing president, a music concert featuring Tuskegee’s ensemble and the grand opening of the Tuskegee University Legacy Museum and University Archives.