HBCU alums help shape the lives of thousands of students and continue to be an asset to evolving historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). We at the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) are proud of their successes and love celebrating their wins. Listed below are those HBCU alums who are currently in leadership. These individuals are leading excitingly; in invaluable and well-known positions in various fields.

Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr. – President, Guttman Community College
Dr. Larry D. Johnon, Jr. is an equity-minded student advocate with nearly 20 years of higher education experience. Selected by the CUNY Board of Trustees on February 1, 2021, to be the College’s second president, he assumed the presidency on July 1, 2021.

Larry D. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.

Johnson is a bold, creative, and experienced academic leader. In July 2018, he was appointed the sixth president of Phoenix College (a Maricopa Community College) and the first African-American in its 100-year history. The college served more than 20,000 credit and non-credit students. As President, he launched the President’s Promise, a comprehensive plan to reengage community and workforce leaders; improve employee satisfaction and engagement; implement best practices that will lead to an increase in student retention, completion, and transfer, and cultivate an environment that embraces diverse perspectives. Under Johnson’s leadership, Phoenix College increased enrollment by establishing the Neighborhood College, a partnership with the City of Phoenix that provides incumbent workers onsite educational opportunities that lead to associate degrees. The college has also received approximately $5M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a Title V Department of Education (DOE) grant to support initiatives that center on experiential learning programs and undergraduate research in STEM.

Dr. Johnson began his teaching career at Tallahassee Community College (2005-2007), where he taught developmental English and reading. During the period from 2007-2014, Johnson served as a humanities instructor and division chair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Under his leadership, the college increased student success by implementing developmental education redesign programs, which was supported by a $2.5M Title III Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) grant from the Department of Education. Additionally, Johnson led the department in creating an inaugural conference that centered on pedagogical and high impact practices for faculty, staff, and administrators to increase student persistence and success in Gatekeeper math and English courses.

Dr. Johnson is committed to amplifying the mission of community colleges, as represented by his participation on local and national boards and commissions. Johnson is one of 25 Fellows selected for the inaugural College Excellence Program, sponsored by the Aspen Institute. Additionally, he recently completed a three-year appointment on the American Association of Community College (AACC) Commission on College Readiness. On July 1, 2021, he was appointed to serve a three-year term as a representative for the Northern Region to the Presidents Academy Executive Committee (PAEC) of the AACC. Johnson is continuing his service on the board of the Phoenix Symphony.

Dr. Johnson is a proud alumnus of a HBCU. He attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his BA in English literature. He earned his MA in Humanities and a graduate certificate from Florida State University. Johnson holds a doctorate degree in Humanities, with an emphasis in English literature, from Clark Atlanta University.

Keisha J. Kelley, CEO of BlackCollegeExperience
Keisha J. Kelly has developed her passion for sports in the early 2000s when she was a member of the game day fan interaction team for now defunct NBDL team, Huntsville Flight. Kelley soon after started vounteering with The Amobi Okoye Foundation during the summer where she assisted with registration for summer football camps for the community. In 2011, she relocated to Atlanta, GA, where she began a short stint with a sports radio station.

Keisha J. Kelley

In 2014, Kellz, as she is referred to on radio, returned to radio, as she began a career with PQ Sports Radio, where she joined multiple co-hosts for a Wednesday night weekly sports show. She later hosted PQ Sports Radio, as well as co-hosted Double Coverage Divas on Sunday evenings at 7pm with Talk2me Sports Radio.

In 2016, Kelley founded BlackCollegeExperience, the sports podcast that brings positive exposure to athletes at HBCUs, due to lack of positive news or media coverage that HBCUs receive. Her first co-host, Crystal Bennett, is a graduate of FAMU. Later, MVSU graduate Derrick Thomas joined her as co-host and is currently co-hosting the podcast. Kelley, also worked with Rodney Bryant on a Facebook Live sports segment titled: Still Brewing. BlackCollegeExperience has covered many events including, the Black College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement, Bayou Classic, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Magic City Classic, Gulf Coast Challenge, HBCU Spirit of America Bowl, Tee Up Atl, National Tennis Championsho, NBPA Top 50 Players from SIAC/SWAC as well as media days, career days, etc. She also serves as a sport mentor with GladiatHers Sports.

Dr. Shawn Joseph, President of Joseph and Associates LLC and Assistant Professor/Co-Director of Urban Superintendent Academy
Dr. Shawn Joseph’s passion for equity and social justice has ked him to serve in a number of positions in the world in education. He has been an Englis teacher, school administrator, central office administrator, and superintendent in Maryland, Delaware, and Tennessee. His most recent work as the superintendent of Metro Nashville Public Schools (Director of Schools), resulted in schools that became more equitable as the district saw accelerated growth for all student groups in both reading and mathematics Pre-K through grade 5. In addition, the number of students at the high school level completing advanced coursework doubled, the number of students earning industry certifications nearly doubled while suspensions dramatically were reduced and new initiatives like STEAM were implemented at both the elementary and secondary level.

Shawn Joseph, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph’s work has garnered him numerous honors and awards and he humbly serves on numerous local and international boards. Some of them include being honored as the Met-Life Middle School Principle of the Year for the State of Maryland in 2008. In 2010, Dr. Joseph was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of Educational Leadership. He was awarded the Ambassador Andrew Young Leadership Award in 2016. In 2018, both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. honored him with the Environmental Leadership Award and the Community Impact Award. In 2019, Dr. Joseph was selected as the Person of the Year by the Tribune Newspaper in Nashville and was the recipient of the Greater Nashville Association of Black School Educator’s Trailblazer Award. Dr. Joseph serves on the Board of Learning Forward, an international organization focused on ensuring equity and excellence in teaching and learning through building the capacity of leaders to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning.

His first book, The Principal’s Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Year: Creating Instructional Momentum, offers insight into the complexity of the princial-ship and suggests strategies for focusing on increasing student achievement. He is currently completing the manuscript for Finding the Joseph Within: Lessons Learned from a Life of Struggle which shares insight into how keeping focused on God’s mission for your life results in him releasing his favor over your life. Dr. Joseph earned a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy studies from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University. His bachelor’s degree is from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, America’s oldest Historically Black College. Dr. Joseph joined the faculty of The Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, NY, serving as a Visiting Associate Professor of Education Administration and Policy Studies in 2019. In 2020, Dr. Joseph accepted a tenure track position at Howard University’s Graduate School of Education in the Educational Leadership Department, and he will Co-Direct the Urban Superintendent Academy in collaboration with the AASA, the Superintendent Association.

Tiffany Greene, Play-by-Play Commentator, College Sports
Tiffany Greene is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, covering a variety of collegiate sports including basketball, football, softball and volleyball. She is the first African-American woman to serve as a play-by-play commentator for college football on ESPN.

Tiffany Greene

Greene has called a number of postseason games including the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament, NCAA Softball Regional and Super Regionals, as well as NCAA Volleyball Regionals.

Green orginially began working with ESPN as a college football sideline reporter in 2022. She has since worked on the Women’s College World Series, Air Force Reserve Bowl on ABC on multiple Bowl games.

Prior to ESPN, Green honed her skills as a play-by-play announcer and sports reporter at Bright House Sports Network in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets. During that time, she was the play-by-play announcer for inaugural season of BIG EAST women’s basketball on Fox Sports 1.

Greene is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Links Incorporated and the National Association of Black Journalists. She began her on-air career in 2004 as a one-man band reporter at WJCL/WTGS, and later, WTOC, in Savannah, Ga.

Greene earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Florida A&M University. She serves as the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Board of Visitors co-chair.

Jarrel Strong

Jarrel Strong, President and CEO of HBCU Mister and Miss
Jarrel Strong is a Class of 2018 alumnus from the Nation’s First Degree-Granting HBCU, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and hails all the way from Miami, Florida. During Jarrel’s undergraduate career he had the distinct honor of being named 2017-2018 Mister Legacy on the University’s Royal Court serving alongside Miss Legacy, Mister & Miss Lincoln University, and Mister & Miss Orange & Blue. Serving on the Royal Court granted him with multiple amazing opportunities including networking with other HBCUs Campus Kings and Queens, Networking with Former Kings and Queens of Lincoln University, and gaining the overall experience of being a campus King. Because of his amazing experience as a King, he wanted those that were given the same opportunity to have a similar experience and more. HBCU Mister and Miss was created to assist HBCU undergraduate students with leadership development, organizational skills and more.

Dawn Thornton, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Head Coach Dawn Thornton enters her third season with the Lady Lions in 2020-21, brining a revitalized, competitive spirit to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) women’s basketball program.

Head Coach Dawn Thornton

During the 2019-20 season, Thornton, a 13-year coaching veteran commonly known as “Diva Coach,” inherited a program consisting of four freshman and four transfers; yet, led the team to outperform the preseason poll that picked UAPB to finish last in the SWAC. Under Thornton’s leadership, the Lady Lions tripled their SWAC win total from the previous season and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time since the 2017-2018 season.

Thornton mentored freshman center, Nissa Sam-Grant, who in her first season donning a Lady Lions jersey, emerged as one of the most electrifying newcomers in the SWAC. Sam-Grant finished the season fourth in the conference with 1.5 blocks per game.

Coach Thornton was named the Lady Lion’s head coach in May of 2019. Prior to leading the Lady Lions, Thornton spent the previous season as the lead assistant coach of Atlantic Sun Conference perennial power, Jacksonville University. After a late start in August of 2017, Thornton served as head coach at Division II Shorter University where, in one season, she led the surge from last in all major statistical categories to the middle of the conference and developed the Northwest Georgia Player of the Year.

From 2014 to 2016, Thornton served as the head coach at Prairie View, capturing the program’s fourth consecutive SWAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2014 while being honored as the HBCU Digest Female Coach of the Year. On Thornton’s watch, Prairie View posted wins over Memphis, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State, Nicholls State, and Lamar University and complied a 12.2 record in SWAC Tournament play. Thornton served as associate head coach at Prairie View from 2012 to 2014, where the team won three consecutive SWAC Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament berths.

Thornton received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Jackson State University in 2005, where she helped lead the Lady Tigers basketball team to a SWAC Regular Season Co-Championship during her junior and senior years. She played her first two seasons at Atlanta Metropolitan College where she led the team to consecutive GJCAA Tournament appearances.

An active member of the coaching community, Thornton holds membership in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Throughout her coaching career, she has participated in a myriad professional development opportunities including, Nike Championship Basketball Coaching Clinics, Felecia Hall Allen’s Next Level Symposium and the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and Pokey Chapman Training Camp. Thornton has been featured on several platforms including, Servant Leadership, focusing on navigating athletics during a pandemic while maintaining spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness.

Throughout her coaching career, Thornton, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and Order of the Eastern Star, has had a large impact in every community in which she has coached. She established the Dawn Thornton Basketball Skillz Clinic, which helps the development of children through education and athletics. Additionally, she was involved in numerous community service projects at all of her coaching stops. In addition to the growth she has facilitated on the court throughout her career, Coach Thornton and her staff have instilled an importance on community engagement both through service and via dialogue with fans and supporters.

Adriel Hilton

Adriel Hilton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Southern University at New Orleans
Adriel Hilton is vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University at New Orleans. He previously served as dean of students and diversity officer at Seton Hill University in Greenburg, Pennsylvania, where he provide strategic leadership and direction to the office of Housing and Residential Life, Community Standards, First Year & Transition Programs, Diversity & Inclusion, and International Student Services.

Hilton is an avid scholar. As a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, he taught and developed academic programs within the Office of the Provost. Previously, he served as ta first public policy fellow at the Greater Baltimore Committee, a leading regional organization comprised of civic and business leaders in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, Hilton worked closely with advisers to research, develop, and advocate a public policy agenda to advance the organization’s work in various areas, including access to health care.

A profilic author and researcher, Hilton’s research is published in refereed journals, such as the Teachers College Record, Journal of College Student Development, Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, and the Journal of the Professoriate. His numerous service commitments include membership on the editorial boards of the renowned Journal of Negro Education and the highly acclaimed College Student Affairs Journal.

Hilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance from Morehouse College; a Master of Applied Science degree, with a concentration in public administration from Florida A&M University; a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University; and a PhD in higher education, with a concentration in administration, from Morgan State University.

Henry J. Henderson, III, Ph.D.

Henry J. Henderson III, Senior Manager – Medical Science Liaison-Oncology, Foundation Medicine
Dr. Henry J. Henderson, III is a cancer biologist and health-promotion advocate. Currently, he is a Senior Manager, Medical Science Liaison-Oncology at Foundation Medicine. He is also the co-founder of “Black in Cancer.” A organization that strengthen networks and highlight Black Excellence in cancer research and medicine.

He earned his Ph.D. in integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University; and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Southern University. Henderson did his Postdoctoral Research at Vanderbilt University-Ingram Cancer Center. His research focused on understanding non-small cell lung cancel and improving therapeutic strategies targeting oncogenic mutations in Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase domain with a particular focus on mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to agents used in clinical practice.

Dr. Monique Carroll

Monique Carroll, Ph.D., Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chicago State University
Dr. Monique Carroll was named Chicago State University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on July 28, 2022. She joined the Cougars after serving as the athletic director at Huston-Tillotson University since March 2020.

Prior to her time at Huston-Tilltoson, Carroll was the Deputy Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator at South Carolina State University. In that role, she served as the sport administrator for 10 sports. In addition to serving as a sport administrator, Carroll oversaw various units including, business operations, compliance, academics, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, ticketing, sports information, and game day operations.

Prior to South Carolina State, Carroll served a nine-year stint at Prairie View A&M University in various roles. In her last role as Associate Athletic Director for External Operations her duties included overseeing all external functions of Panther Athletics, including fundraising, game operations, ticket operations, and sponsorships and advertising. Prior to her arrival at PVAMU, Carroll served as the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services/Compliance Assistant for the SWAC.

Carroll got her state in intercollegiate athletics as a compliance volunteer at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Carroll was a three-sport athlete as she was a member of UAPB volleyball, track and field, and bowling teams. Carroll also attended Langston University where she was a member of the track and field team.

Carroll’s recognitions and organizational memberships include NCAA Division I National SAAC Representative for the SWAC, NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, NCAA Effective Facilitation workshop, Women Leaders in College Sports, NAAC, and BWSF, and Zeta Phi Bet Sorority, Inc.

A native of New Boston, Texas, Carroll received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Health and Physical Education from Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB), a Master’s of Sports Science in Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in sports management from Northcentral University.

Tim Lampkin

Tim Lampkin, Founder and CEO, Higher Purpose Co
Tim Lampkin is the Founder and CEO of Higher Purpose Co, a 501c3 economic justice nonprofit building community wealth with Black business owners across Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power.

Lampkin has over a decade of community development and entrepreneurship experience. He previously managed the Racial Equity Program for the Mississippi Humanities Council, which won the national 2018 Schwartz Prize. Lampkin has also worked for Southern Bancorp Community Partners to implement mutli-million community initiatives and has advised rural entrepreneurs in several counties served by Delta State University. The Mississippi Business Journal selected Lampkin as one of the 2019 Top Entrepreneurs in the state. Ashoka selected him as the first person in Mississippi for the lifetime social impact fellowship.

He serves as President of Lampkin Impact Ventures, LLC providing economic justice advising, impact speaking, and creative digital content. Lampkin serves on the board of the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive and the Mississippi Humanities Council. He previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Community Development Advisory Council and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board (CAB).

Lampkin completed the Authentic Leadership Executive Program at Harvard University. He is a proud graduate of Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and has completed graduate studies at Delta State University, Bellevue University, and the University of Arkansas.

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