Three Clark Atlanta University Students Named University Innovation Fellows

The crowded field of candidates for elected office in the new city of South Fulton includes three more Clark Atlanta University alumni. Catherine Foster Rowell, Ph.D., Rochelle Lindsey and Darris Rollins are vying for seats on the South Fulton City Council in districts 1, 4 and 3 respectively. They join CAU alumnus and current CAU grad student Johnny Surry in bids to become the first elected leaders in the recently created city.

In a Facebook post, double alumna Foster Rowell said her platform includes public safety, health care, economic development and government transparency/fiscal responsibility. She also wants to enhance parks and recreation centers throughout South Fulton. You can learn more about her campaign at electfosterrowell.

Candidate Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from CAU. She has lived in South Fulton more than 10 years. Her website says she won’t tell voters what they need; rather, she wants to listen and hear what they want. She also said she plans to make decisions “entrenched in your values.” For more information about Lindsey, go to or email

Darris Rollins has been a resident of South Fulton for more than two decades. Some of his platform initiatives include making South Fulton a safe and desirable place to live and creating first-class art, recreation and entertainment facilities for residents and visitors. Rollins attributes his candidacy to “my matriculation through CAU, which laid the foundation for years of government volunteer and political work.” Find more details about his campaign at

We told you before CAU has a long and rich history of producing leaders in civil rights, government, business and more. Some of them include U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson; Evelyn G. Lowery, founder of SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc.; Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, civil rights icon and Rev. Hosea Williams, also a civil rights icon, businessman and politician.  In fact, preparing our students for global leadership roles in all fields is part of President Ronald A. Johnson’s vision of “Lifting Every Voice.”

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