The HBCU Campaign Fund’s (HCF) Founder, President & CEO, Demetrius Johnson Jr., was tapped as Career Services Program Coordinator to the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law. His tenure began on November 28. He will continue his duties as the Founder, President & CEO at the HBCU Campaign Fund, where he has served in the capacity for nine years.

Johnson brings several years of experience to the university’s law school, where a few of his duties will contain coordinating projects for the Career Services Office, managing 12Twenty (Hire Bowen) – posting jobs/internships offered by employers, and working aside the Assistant Dean. Johnson states he is incredibly honored by the opportunity and looks forward to bringing his passionate and student-centered enthusiasm to law school.

“I am both humbled and honored to accept the position of Program Coordinator at the William H. Bowen School of Law of UA-Little Rock. This will be such an exciting opportunity for me as I enter a different aspect of higher education,” said Johnson. “I enjoyed working and serving students; therefore, I am extremely grateful for the Assistant Dean’s trust to serve in such a capacity. I look forward to working with the Assistant Dean as we focus on achieving new challenges and opportunities for the law school and its students. This is a time of growth for me, and I am ready to take on this new challenge.”

Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund.

Johnson has nearly six years of being in a higher education setting, most recently serving as a recruiter for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Prior to, he served as Financial Aid Counselor at Mississippi Valley State University and Admissions Communications Specialist at Lincoln University of Missouri. Since 2015, he has served as the Founder, President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund, an advocacy non-profit educational organization that supports the significance and raises funds for scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs.

“I enjoy working and servicing the students with the essentials they need to succeed in their collegiate studies. I strongly believe in customer service and being user-friendly, which is the key to a successful staff-to-student relationship. Also, it plays a huge part in retention,” Johnson added.

Described as a highly visionary and passionate leader at heart, Johnson is a strong advocate for HBCUs. His vision for HCF is to lead the organization forward as an essential tool for supporting students and higher education. His ultimate goal is to ensure that HBCUs remain the relevant institutions that they were created to be, by us.

Johnson has received numerous awards and recognitions since his presidency at HCF. He was named among the 2016 HBCU Top 30, Under 30 by HBCU Buzz. Also, he served on a number of committees and groups.

Johnson earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In 2016, he was selected to attend a four-week study abroad program at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaures in Toulouse, France. He is currently working on his Master’s degree.

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President Anderson has served on the association’s board of directors since 2020

UMES President Heidi M. Anderson

University of Maryland Eastern Shore President Dr. Heidi M. Anderson, was recently elected as the chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Board of Directors at the association’s annual conference in Carlsbad, CA.

Anderson, who has more than 30 years of higher education experience, has served on the AASCU Board of Directors since 2020 and chairs AASCU’s Council of State Representatives.

“I am both honored and eager to collaborate with our AASCU campuses in pursuit of innovative actions and strategies that will enhance new majority student success,” said Anderson. “As a catalyst for our conversations, my theme for the year and for the 2023 annual conference is ‘AASCU Leading for Democracy: Rebuild, Restore, Reframe.”

“At this significant time in our history of educators, I look forward to conversations exploring transformations consistent with the AASCU mission and vision,” Anderson continued.

Under her leadership, UMES developed strategic initiatives that are improving enrollment and retention.

UMES has increased its six-year graduation rate to a level higher than in the past 20 years, and the university has experienced record-breaking research funding and philanthropic efforts.

Anderson has completed construction of a $95 million academic building for the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. UMES has received the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute award to support STEM education and career readiness.

In January 2022, Anderson was named as one of the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders by the HBCU Campaign Fund. She was recognized for her proven work in shaping polices and making decisions that strengthen the higher education space.

“(Dr.) Anderson has dedicated her career to expanding access and opportunities for students from underserved populations, and as a first-generation college graduate, she knows firsthand the transformative power of postsecondary education,” said AASCU president Mildred Garcia. “We know that she will bring that lifelong dedication to this role, particularly as higher education grapples with declining enrollments, the impact of the global pandemic on our campuses, and threats to our democracy.”

Anderson is a proud graduate of AASCU’s Executive Leadership Academy and AASCU’s Academy for New Provosts. She earned a B.S. in pharmacy, M.S. in education, and a Ph.D. in pharmacy administration all from Purdue University, in her home state of Indiana.

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity, that invites people to give back to causes that matter to them.

Thank you for all of the ways that you’ve supported and advocated for the HBCU Campaign Fund – we couldn’t achieve our impact without you. Your gifts make such a life-changing investment to the mission and purpose of our organization, and with your continued generosity it will allow us to take our mission even further.


We invite you to support by helping our organization reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 by midnight with a donation.

We thank you for your continued support of our mission!

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College; Z Scott, President of Chicago State University; U.S. Senator Dick Durbin; Dr. Katonja Walker, President of Kennedy-King College; and Dr. Michael Anthony, President of President of Prairie State College.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with the presidents of four Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) in Illinois last week to discuss federal support for PBI colleges and students. During their meeting, the Senators spoke with the college presidents about ensuring that PBIs receive adequate federal funding, which would help PBIs address capacity buildings, enrollment declines, and student success outcomes.

“Illinois is home to many colleges and universities, including eight Predominantly Black Institutions, that offer a high-quality education and financial support to students,” said Durbin. “I enjoyed meeting with college presidents to discuss how the federal government can continue to work alongside PBIs to provide the best education possible to Illinoisans by removing obstacles to learning for students.”

U.S. Tammy Duckworth speaking with two out four president from Illinois’ Predominantly Black Institutions.

“Predominantly Black Institutions are places to educate America’s students and so much more,” said Duckworth. “They’re reminders of the resilience of African Americans through years of discrimination in education, and they’re places of community, culture and history. Today’s meeting with leaders from Illinois’s coalition of Predominantly Black Institutions was a great opportunity to discuss my support for eliminating barriers and discrimination in higher education and the federal resources these institutions need in the future.”

PBIs are a distinct designation of Minority-Serving Institutions, and they serve high proportions of Black students, first-generation college students, and students from low-income backgrounds. PBIs account for three percent of postsecondary institutions, but enroll nine percent of Black college students. Illinois has eight PBIs that enroll nearly 200,000 students.

Participating presidents in the meeting include:
1. Z Scott, President of Chicago State University
2. Dr. Michael Anthony, President of Prairie State College
3. Dr. Katonja Walker, President of Kennedy-King College
4. Dr. Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College

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Pictured: Shelton State Community College President Chris Cox and Miles College President Bobbie Knight signed a articulation agreement of partnership to create scholarship opportunities and pathway to earning bachelor’s degree between the two colleges on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

ALABAMA – Shelton State Community College and Miles College have partnered to create scholarship opportunities and a pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree. The institution’s leaders signed a articulation agreement during a ceremony Wednesday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus.

There are four components to the agreement including a collaborative and seamless transfer process, scholarship eligibility, reverse transfer credit, and student services.

“We are proud to partner with Miles College, a fellow HBCU, to increase opportunities for Shelton State students,said Chris Cox, Ph.D., Shelton State Community College President. “This agreement provides access to a world-class institution and helps further our goal of educating Alabama’s future workforce.”


Shelton State students will be considered for admission to Miles College after earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science with up to a maximum of 64 semester hours transferring. Additionally, Shelton State students will be required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

The new partnership will provide reciprocal privileges for use of Miles College’s Library Resource Center, College and Career Center, as well as admission to athletic events. There are also opportunities for advising from both Shelton State and Miles College.

“We are extremely please and happy to enter into this agreement. The partnership will provide a solid educational pathway for our next-generation leaders. Miles College students, faculty, and staff eagerly await the arrival of our Golden Bear students,” said Bobbie Knight, J.D., President of Miles College.

About Shelton State Community College
Shelton State Community College, an accredited, two-year institution in the Alabama Community College System, offers over 30 associate degrees in technical and health services programs. Shelton State, located in Tuscaloosa, is one of six Historically Black Community Colleges in Alabama and one of only 12 in the nation. For nearly 70 years, the College has educated students in West Alabama and is an institution where academic skills transfer to workplace skills through progressive partnerships with local industry. SSCC is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at the Division I level. The institution holds 29 NJCAA Region XXII Division I titles in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, 13 National Championships in competitive cheerleading, and seven recognitions as an Academic Team of the Year for softball. For more information about Shelton State, visit www.sheltonstate.edu.

About Miles College
Founded in 1898 Miles College is located in Fairfield, Alabama.  We are a private, liberal arts Historically Black College with roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  The College through dedicated faculty cultivates students to seek knowledge that leads to intellectual and civic empowerment.  Students are transformed through rigorous study, scholarly inquiry, and spiritual awareness, thereby enabling graduates to become responsible citizens who help shape the global society.  Miles College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). For more information about Miles College, visit www.miles.edu.

Pictured: Jackson State University football athletes holding onto the 2021 SWAC Football Championship trophy on December 4th at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Photo courtesy of HCF Media.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – General admission tickets for the 2022 Cricket SWAC Football Championship Presented by Pepsi went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

Jackson State University, the defending SWAC Champions and the SWAC’s Eastern Division Champions for the second straight consecutive year, will host the league’s championship game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium at 3:00 p.m. JSU’s opponent as Western Divisions Champion is still to be determined.

The Cricket SWAC Football Championship Presented by Pepsi coverage is part of HCF’s Annual Football and Recruitment Tour each year. The game is considered as the post coverage game for the tour.

Tickets and parking can be purchased online at gojsutigers.com/tickets and at The Vet Ticket Office from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

General public reserved tickets will go on sale Monday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m. Email jsuticketoffice@jsums.edu or call 601-354-6021 for more information.

Ticket Office Hours:
Nov. 15th – 18th and Nov. 21-22:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Nov. 23-25: Closed For Thanksgiving
Nov. 28-Dec. 2: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.

Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, and Tennis.

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball.
 
Follow the SWAC
For complete coverage of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, please follow the SWAC on social media at @TheSWAC (Twitter), @TheSWAC (Facebook), and @TheSWAC (Instagram) or visit the official home of the Southwestern Athletic Conference at www.swac.org.

ALBANY, GA Albany State University (ASU) has been awarded $2.9 million the Connecting Minority Communities Program federal grant from the United States Department of Commerce.

The Connecting Minority Communities Program will plan, develop, and expand the institution’s reach to online and distance learning globally. With a focus on broadband expansions, the program will enhance the educational instruction and learning opportunities offered at ASU.

“We are honored to be awarded the grant for the Connecting Minority Communities Program. This grant will address the growing demand of support needed for broadband connectivity in the Albany community while establishing a foundation for future distance learning at Albany State University,” said Marion Ross Fedrick, President of Albany State University. “This program aligns with our strategic plan that addresses opportunities for community partnership, ensures student access and success and creates the environment where both the community and our students can thrive.”

The program will expand on broadband access and allow ASU to purchase devices, educational software, internet access services, and other IT software and hardware for low-income students. “Broadband access is crucial to so many aspects of our everyday lives. The pandemic highlighted how important it is in order to keep our teachers and students connected, as well as how crucial it is to our economy,” said Congressman Bishop. “Albany State University is an educational cornerstone in Southwest Georgia. It can use this federal grant to improve its broadband infrastructure which will help ASU train the next generation of entrepreneurs and workers as well as serve as an informational hub connecting local officials, our regional industry sectors, and the community organizations that serve our residents.”

“ASU’s global expansion will provide students from Georgia and beyond an enhance Historically Black College and University (HBCU) experience, course credits and fully online degrees and certificates. “Our number one customers are our students, and Albany State plays a leading role as one of the state’s premier public HBCUs in making sure they can access the technology they need to succeed and contribute to Georgia’s workforce,” said Sonny Perdue, University System of Georgia Chancellor. “I’m proud of President Fedrick and her campus for leading this initiative and look forward to seeing them implement it as they continue to build and maintain strong community partnerships.”

The program will serve students from Albany, Georgia, the surrounding community, and the regional economy that are in recovery due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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Tomika LeGrande, who currently serves as Vice President for Strategy, Enrollment and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents named her as a sole finalist for President at Prairie View A&M University.

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, TX – The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents on Thursday (Nov. 10) named Tomikia P. LeGrande as the sole finalist to become the ninth President of Prairie View A&M University.

According to the University, after a nationwide search, Chancellor John Sharp recommended Dr. LeGrande as sole finalist and the Board approved. Under state law, the Board of Regents name a finalist for at least 21 days before making the appointment at a subsequent meeting.

Dr. LeGrande, who is currently Vice President for Strategy, Enrollment Management and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University, would not assume her duties at Prairie View A&M until the end of the 2022-23 school year.

She would succeed Dr. Ruth Simmons, who will become President Emerita and will hold a faculty appointment as University Professor, a position that will allow her to remain a campus figure raising money, expanding the national profile of the university and lecturing to another generation of students.

“Dr. LeGrande will provide great leadership for the Panthers for many years to come,” said Chancellor Sharp. “Her experience and leadership in enrollment management and student success is exactly what PVAMU needs at this juncture to build on the great work Ruth Simmons has provided these past five years. I’m excited by where PVAMU is headed.”

“I want to thank Chancellor Sharp and the Board of Regents for the opportunity to server as President of Prairie View A&M University. PVAMU has a strong legacy of transforming the lives of its students and contributing to the surrounding region and state of Texas, both educationally and economically. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and community as we honor and build upon the university’s powerful legacy and trajectory,” said LeGrande.

Dr. LeGrande, who has been a Virginia Commonwealth University since 2018, has experience in Texas. She served as an administrator for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown from 2012 to 2018. She also received a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

Prior to her duties in Houston, Dr. LeGrande worked at North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.

She received her bachelor’s in chemistry from Savannah State University and a master’s in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University.

“I am so delighted to learn that the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents has named Dr. Tomikia LeGrande as the sole finalist for President at PVAMU. I commend Chancellor Sharp and the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents for making such a noble selection,” said HCF Founder, President & CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr. “Her experience and leadership throughout her years in the profession of higher education is impressive. I am confident she will continue to steel PVAMU for extraordinary greatness, in addition to the legendary Ruth Simmons. We at HCF send her our heartfelt congratulations and wish her the best in her role.”

In May, a 14-member committee was created to conduct a national search to find Dr. Simmons’ successor. The search was led by Bill Mahomes, Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, and Regent Elaine Mendoza.

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Friends and supporters are invited to provide their support to the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) in raising the necessary funds to further its continued mission supporting students and higher education by making a gift on #GivingTuesday, November 29. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).

HCF is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses individuals, communities, and organizations’ collective power to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The organization’s set fundraising goal is $25,000.

“HCF continues to grow and strengthen its advocacy mission to support students and higher education. Our organization works tirelessly, and we will continue to be among the leading orgs that inspire and transform the HBCU and PBI community and assist those students in need to achieve their educational aspirations successfully,” said HCF Founder, President & CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr. “With our supporters’ help, the fight to Campaign For HBCUs will continue and ensure that HCF can complete its vital assignment that is very much understood. Our organization stands aside HBCUs and MSIs and supports their needs in providing quality education to many students from various backgrounds. Our fundraising goal will provide the leverage needed for our organization to strengthen our philanthropy abilities to overcome and continue supporting students and higher ed institutions. Thank you so much for your continued support!”

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, donors are encouraged to join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or speaking about why you support HCF as an HBCU supportive organization and using the campaign hashtag #HCFGivingDay. You can sign-up to volunteer as a Social Media Ambassador to provide HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign and share the #GivingTuesday social media post/flyers (pictured below) on social media.




For more information, donors are welcomed to visit the HCF’s Giving Tuesday campaign page. The organization has identified four scholarship funds and initiative programs that donors can assist with in reaching its goal to continue benefiting students and our partners.

  • Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour
  • The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • HBCU General Scholarship Fund
  • Campus Student Ambassador Program

Higher education can be the debt of students in accomplishing their educational goals. In order to fulfill our mission at HCF and make a difference, the campaign for students, HBCUs and MSIs is vital. We ask of your support and we hope that you choose HCF as your charity of choice on #GivingTuesday, November 29th!

About HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit educational organization that support the significance and raises funds for scholarship, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains a strong advocates for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

About GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundred of million people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

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Program will Directly Impact Physician Workforce Diversity in California and Beyond

LOS ANGELES, CA – Earlier this month, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) announced the launch of the University’s first independent 4-year medical degree (MD) program after receiving notice of preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LMCE). The new program will be the first and only such program offered through a Historically Black Institution west of the Mississippi and represents the culmination of a dream held by CDU’s founders, the surrounding community, and all the University’s subsequent leaders since it opened its doors in 1966.

Located in the heart of South Los Angeles, the home of more than 1 million residents and no MD programs, CDU is the second-more diverse university nationally in terms of student and faculty diversity. CDU is also one of only four U.S. Historically Black Medical Colleges and is a federally designated Historically Black Graduate Institution. The University is also a charter Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools member as well as a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Founded in the wake of the Watts Uprising with a vision of creating a world without health disparities, the new MD program is accepting applications for its charter class in July 2023 and will directly impact the diversity of the physician workforce in a time where currently more than half of all practicing physicians in the U.S. are white.

“This is a historic moment for CDU and our community, a moment when we make a significant stride towards our mission of cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations,” said David M. Carlisle, CDU President and CEO in an address to students, staff, faculty, and media during a press conference on campus. “Our community and in fact the entire western United States, has for too long been deprived of an MD program built from the ground up with diversity, equity, and inclusion fused into its very bones. No more. It is a great honor and achievement to announce to you that CDU will finally remedy this once and for all.”

CDU President and CEO David M. Carlisle addressing students, staff, faculty, and media during a press conference on campus. (Photo courtesy of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science)

The new program will be offered through CDU’s College of Medicine, which along with the College of Science and Health and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, make up the University’s three colleges. Instruction will initially take place in the College of Medicine’s current facilities on campus and will be relocated to a future state-of-the-art health professions education building on campus which is currently in the planning phase.

“The benefits of having more doctors of color in the mix are abundantly clear and supported by research. Doctors of color are more likely to practice in underserved communities, and patients of color have better health outcomes when attended to by a physician of the same ethnicity,” said Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean of CDU’s College of Medicine. “The successful accreditation and opening of this program after so much hard work by CDU staff and faculty is not just an amazing achievement, it’s a medical necessity that addresses the root cause of many inequities in healthcare.”

The CDU MD program will join more than 20 undergraduate degree, graduate degree, and certificate programs currently offered by the University, and will draw from a 40-year history of partnering with UCLA to train future doctors through a joint MD program. The new independent CDU program will be the first Historically Black medical degree program to open anywhere in the U.S. since 1981.

“We are greatly appreciative of the many people beyond our University, including the community, local, state and federal government representatives, partners, and stakeholders, as well as many dedicated professionals within CDU, who have contributed so much and labored so diligently for so long to bring this dream to a reality,” continued President Carlisle. “The Mighty Lion spirit runs deep with the extended CDU Community and this success stands as proof that there is nothing we cannot achieve when we work together towards common goals and the greater good.”

Information about the new program and application instructions to join the July 2023 charter class of the CDU Medical Degree Program can be found at www.cdrewu.edu/cdumd.

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student-centered University committed to cultivating diverse health professions leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, clinical service, and community engagement. CDU is also a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, and treatment for cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic, COVID, and HIV/AIDS. CDU was founded in 1966 in the unincorporated town of Willowbrook in the heart of South Los Angeles. CDU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs including nursing, x-ray technology, medicine, biomedical science, public health, computed tomography, physician assistant, and psychology. For more information, visit www.cdrewu.edu.

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