Everyone has a teacher or an administrator that made them take notice of the bigger picture in life.
At FAMU, one dean is so popular that even the Obama administration is taking notice.
It's not unusual to see a large group of students Dr. Chanta Haywood's office everyday. Haywood is the Dean of the school of graduate studies and research at FAMU, and one of the most popular administrators on campus. That's because she holds the future of these students in her hands---trying to make sure that every graduate student has a future outside of the school walls.
"I have the capacity to make a lot of things happen for students in the forums of fellowships---making sure they have access to opportunities so when they go out and come back and make an impact on the world, it's fulfilling," said Dr. Haywood.
The Camilla, Georgia native was just recently named to the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Board of Directors by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and was subsequently voted chairman of the board by fellow members. A high honor for a woman whose roots run deep through the big bend.
"I hope that the students who come through here are producing; producing knowledge, producing research, information, making changes to whatever industry they are in to make an impact."
But it's Dr. Haywood who's already making an impact. In addition to her kids at school, she has three kids of her own. That means every day is a challenge. But a in a good way.
"Every day you play with the hand you are dealt. It's very different."