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Michael Rainey, HBCU Kings and Queens Advisor of the Year Award

Published date: August 4, 2017

Congratulations to Michael Rainey on winning the 2017 HBCU Kings and Queens Advisor of the Year Award at The Leadership for Queens and Kings' Konnection Conference. 

The Conference is geared toward newly elected kings and queens as they prepare for their upcoming reigns.  They are brought together to learn from one another as well as listen to trained professionals talk about articulation, stage presence, etiquette, confidence, and professionalism. This conference may not solve all of the issues kings or queens may have or teach all of the things necessary for their reign, but this conference will provide some helpful information that will provide a yearlong support system as well as some wonderful resources.  Approximately 50 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were in attendance this year. 


All Royal Court advisors from HBCUs are eligible for nomination.  The race for this award is always tight because nominated advisors are always exceptional in the work they do with their courts as well as their other responsibilities at their institution and within the community.  This is Rainey's fourth consecutive nomination and first win over six other advisors nominated this year.  He was noted for his leadership, mentorship, aide in student transition from high school to college, being a father-figure to students in and out of Royal Court and Student Government Association, his genuine and never-ending care and advocacy for all students, and his instrumental role in the creation of the University's first-ever food pantry to support food insecurity among our students.

Rainey is the assistant coordinator for Leadership Development in Student Activities, where he advises Royal Court and the Student Government Association.  Additionally, he is the business manager of the VSU Gospel Chorale, an advisory team member of the Alpha Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and serves on a host of committees at the University.

Rainey, who is an alumnus of VSU, graduated as valedictorian in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with concentrations in computer science and mathematics education.  He received his master’s degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University in 2004, and is completing his doctorate degree in educational administration and supervision here at VSU.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the VSU Alumni Association.

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