West Windsor, NJ: While the sounds of jazz created a celebratory high note at Princeton’s Nassau Inn on Sunday, Oct. 17, guests voiced their admiration and appreciation for long-time Princeton area community volunteers Jim Floyd and his late wife, Fannie. More than 180 friends, family members and elected officials gathered for “Floyd Fest,” and launched the endowment of the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). Jim Floyd has been a member of the college’s Foundation Board for more than 30 years.
The first African-American elected to the Princeton Township Committee, and the first to serve as mayor of Princeton, Jim Floyd has been an active volunteer for decades. He and his wife, Fannie, who passed away in 2008, worked throughout their lives to foster educational opportunities and to combat discrimination in housing. Jim Floyd’s wide-ranging career included serving as vice president of Human Resources for Electric Storage Battery Company and Educational Testing Services.
Jim served on Princeton’s Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Housing and the Board of Adjustment, while Fannie’s primary focus was the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Later Jim became a charter member of the Princeton Community Housing group. Now 88, Jim continues to serve on many boards in the nonprofit sector.
“This scholarship truly epitomizes what Jim and Fannie have always stood for,” said Princeton Borough mayor Mildred Trotman. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor than the Floyds.” Similar sentiment was expressed by event co-chairs Debby D'Arcangelo, an MCCC Foundation Board member, and Princeton resident Hendricks Davis. Adding their remarks and thanks were Princeton Township Mayor Bernard Miller and MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue.
Jim Floyd conveyed his deep appreciation for the scholarship fund kickoff event, which was planned and executed by a team of MCCC Foundation Board members and community volunteers. The event was more than a year in the making. “I am truly honored,” Floyd said. “I speak for Fannie when I say that she thanks you all. We lived by the motto, ‘Our young folks have more need of models than they do of critics.’ Thanks so much for all that you have done and continue to do.”
A special highlight of the afternoon was music provided by a four-piece jazz ensemble composed of MCCC students and alumni. Additional student participants included Nick Bella, President of the Student Government Association; Brianna LaCava, Student Government Association Senator; and Kelly Smith, editor in chief of The College Voice student newspaper.
Floyd Fest’s major sponsors included the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, William and Judith Scheide, Church & Dwight, the Nassau Inn, Children’s Futures, Capital Health, Debby D’Arcangelo, Ed Dippold, Eden Autism Services Foundation, Educational Testing Service, J. Robert Hillier, Terry McEwen, Leslie “Bud” Vivian Memorial Fund, Mercer County Community College, the MCCC Faculty Emeriti Association, and Thomas Edison State College. The full sponsor list is online at www.mccc.edu/news.
More information about participating in this or other endowed scholarships for MCCC students is available through MCCC Vice President Mellissia Zanjani at 609-570-3661.