Howard University to Announce Cathy Hughes School of Communications

The university is expected to rename its School of Communications in honor of entrepreneur and radio and television personality Cathy Hughes.

Cathy Hughes in 2014
Cathy Hughes in 2014 Brad Barket/Getty Images for the T.J. Martell Foundation

Last month the Howard University School of Communications celebrated its 45th anniversary. Now the school is set to be renamed the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, The Hilltop reports.

During the end of Howard Homecoming weekend, on Sunday, Oct. 23, the university will hold the naming ceremony. According to a source from Howard’s Department of Development and Alumni Relations, Hughes donated $4 million to the university.

Hughes is very familiar with Howard. After starting her career in 1969 at KOWH, a black radio station in Omaha, Neb., in 1973 she was appointed general sales manager of WHUR 96.3 FM, Howard’s radio station, and was promoted to general manager of the station a few years later. She helped increase the station’s annual revenues from $300,000 to more than $3.5 million.

Hughes is currently the the chairperson of the board and secretary of Radio One.

The Hilltop reports that there has been speculation that a new School of Communications building will be built in the near future, but Howard University has yet to release an official announcement on the matter.

Read more at The Hilltop.