CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) visited Chicago State University (CSU) Wednesday to discuss the $450,000 in federal funding he secured through Congressionally Directed Spending – more commonly known as an earmark – in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Omnibus appropriations bill to purchase science laboratory equipment for their Health Sciences Simulation Lab. This funding will be used to help students learn best practices in pediatric and home health care, as well as support a workforce pipeline of nurses, occupational therapists, and pharmacists.

“As the only four-year Predominately Black Institution in Illinois, CSU is committed to closing the diversity gaps in health care professions,” said Durbin. “That’s why I secured $450,000 to support their efforts to provide a high-quality education for students in the College of Health Sciences. This funding will ensure that the next generation of nurses, occupational therapists, and pharmacists get the very best training. I will continue to advocate for federal funds to diversify our health care profession.”

“Senator Durbin effort to secure this $450,000 federal investment to purchase necessary science laboratory equipment for our University’s state-of-art Health Science Simulation Lab will assist CSU in providing top-level training to our students and supply the diverse leadership needed in the health procession,” said Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University. “Located in the heart of Chicago’s south side, CSU is uniquely positioned to be the center of training for Health Sciences professionals that represent the patients they serve.”

“Senator Durbin has been a champion for Illinois’ only four-year Predominantly Black Institution and HBCUs for quite some time; supporting Black communities throughout Illinois has always been his top priority, and I admire his leadership. HCF applauds Senator Durbin for securing this $450,000 federal investment that will enhance and diversify the healthcare profession for the next generation of healthcare professionals,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund. “Institutions such as Chicago State are persistently committed to providing the necessaries to health care professionals that is so importantly needed. I always praise President Scott for her extraordinary leadership and all she does to enhance the students’ needs at CSU.”

There is a shortage of diverse professionals in health care. Despite comprising 14 percent of the population, only five percent of physicians are Black, and there are fewer Black men entering medical school today than the 1970s. When health care professionals reflect the diversity of the populations they serve, there is increased patient trust, improved communication, and reduced health disparities. As the only four-year Predominately Black Institution (PBI) in Illinois, CSU is well positioned to train a diverse pipeline of medical professionals to pursue nursing, medical school, or other medical professions. CSU has a high proportion of students who came from medically underserved communities and return to their communities after graduation.

About Chicago State University
Chicago State University (CSU) founded in 1867, is the oldest public university in the Chicago Metropolitan area. CSU is committed ti equity in education, serving as the only U.S. Department of Education-designated four-year Predominantly Black Institution in Illinois and ranked by Harvard economist in the top 4% of public and private universities nationwide in supporting our graduates’ economic mobility. The University serves as a prominent civic space on the greater South Side of Chicago by hosting multitude of athletic, educational, cultural, and recreational activities. For more information, visit www.csu.edu.

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In 2021, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announced the creation of the Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. Trailblazer of Higher Education Award among The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders. An honor recognizing a current or retiring/retired president or chancellor serving an HBCU or MSI upholding decade-long value and contributions to higher education.

Dr. Cynthia Warrick, 7th President of Stillman College.

Eight days after the death of Dr. Davis and the day (Oct. 22) that was proclaimed as Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. Memorial Day in Pine Bluff. HCF President & CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr. and the organization have unanimously announced retiring Stillman College President Dr. Cynthia Warrick as one of the 2023 honorees to receive the honor.

Dr. Warrick is the first woman to hold the position at the college and announced her retirement from the presidency in September 2022. She will step down from the role at the end of her current contract term on June 30, 2023.

Warrick was named the seventh president of Stillman College in April 2017 after four months as interim president. Upon her arrival to campus, she was tasked with stabilizing the institution’s finances and academic standing, as well as enhancing its donor relationships. The College saw a student enrollment increased from Fall 2016 to Fall 2019. In 2020, the SACSCOC accreditation was reaffirmed for another 10 years without any recommendations or further action.

In 2020, Dr. Warrick was named one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders by the HBCU Campaign Fund, recognizing her for tireless work executing fundraising strategies and the previous roles she served in higher education.

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

“Dr. Warrick defines what a true trailblazer is, and identical to Chancellor Emeritus Davis, Dr. Warrick also upholds what a true giant exemplifies in the space of higher education. Dr. Warrick holds a significant part of the contributions that she has bestowed, and it is immeasurable,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “It is with great pleasure to recognize Dr. Warrick with such a great distinction as a Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr. Trailblazer of Higher Education honoree. I am so proud of her, and we congratulate and wish her all the very best in her future endeavors.”

In 2012, Dr. Warrick was selected as Interim President at South Carolina State University. In 2014, she was appointed as Interim President of Grambling State University, where she brought stability to the institution in its crisis. Prior to, she was a Senior Fellow at Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and also served as President of the Society for Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences, based in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Warrick earned her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Howard University; and completed the masters of science in public policy from the George Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in environmental science & public policy from George Mason University.

The award was named after the late University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr., who passed away on October 15, 2022. The recipients awarded are evaluated on their drive to advance the mission to change and inspire others. The individual has prove their responsibilities for shaping policies, changing perspectives, and making decisions that affect millions of people life’s in the higher education space.

“Dr. Davis legacy has been inspirational and has impacted many lives throughout his career. Both Davis Sr. and Jr. were well-respected leaders, and I truly appreciate their contributions to our Dear Mother. The gifts of Dr. Davis will forever be a long-standing treasure of UAPB, and we will always cherish his warmhearted spirit. We will continue to live through his legacy, and his namesake of the Trailblazer of Higher Education Award will continue to carry on.” Johnson continued.

The Annual Most Dominant HBCU Leaders Award & Class is a national recognition ranking that was created by the HBCU Campaign Fund, a non-profit that advocates for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The recipients are honored for their prominent and influential role in leadership and displays the characteristics of the responsibilities in the progression of effectively moving an institution forward.

The Class of 2023 is expected to be announced early January

About the HBCU Campaign Fund
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 2012 and is a non-profit educational organization that remains a strong advocate for students and higher education. The mission of HCF is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, programs, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

PINE BLUFF, AR – Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr., chancellor emeritus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the son of longtime president of the preceding Arkansas AM&N College, has died. He was 85.

The University announced his passing on Sunday, eight days after he attended the University’s annual homecoming festivities.

Davis Jr. grew up living on AM&N campus, where he attended primary and secondary school before graduating from Merrill High School in the Pine Bluff School District in 1954.

His father, L.A. “Prexy” Davis Sr., was president of AM&N College from 1943 until 1972, when the college merged with the University of Arkansas System and became the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. At the age of 28, he became the youngest college presidents in the United States. Davis Sr., retired after becoming the first chancellor of the University.

Davis Jr. taught mathematics and physics at Mississippi Valley State University and NASA before returning to UAPB to become a professor. He became chancellor of UAPB in 1991, and remained in the role until his retirement in May 2012. Serving the institution for 21 years, making him one of the longest-serving chancellors of any Arkansas university. Davis told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2011, “It really in my blood, it’s who I am, this is my home…”

Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr., the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Chancellor Emeritus passed away Oct. 15th at the age of 85.

During his tenure, Davis made UAPB athletics one of his many platforms with the institution, and made many strides in the advancement and promotion of various athletic programs the university operates. A new football stadium and adjoining field house was contracted and completed, as well as the baseball complex and the UAPB soccer field. Davis led the university through a period of academic growth and spearheaded the program throughout the university. He also led the renovation and construction of on-campus housing.

In 2012, Dr. Davis was induced into the SWAC Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

“What a trailblazer and pioneer of the HBCU space we have lost, indeed. Dr. Davis’s legacy has been inspirational and has impacted many lives throughout his career. If you know me, you know that I admire Davis’ legacy tremendously. Both Davis Sr. and Jr. were well-respected leaders, and I truly appreciate their contributions to our Dear Mother,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “Relatively, Dr. Davis and I have both served at Mississippi Valley State and UAPB. So Dr. Davis’s higher ed career footsteps are very special in heart to me. The gifts of Dr. Davis will forever be a long-standing treasure of UAPB, and we will always cherish his warmhearted spirit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis family, friends, and UAPB community during this time of sorrow.”

In 2021, HCF announced the creation of the Dr. Lawrence A. Davis Jr. Trailblazers of Higher Education Award among The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders. This honor recognizes a current or retiring chancellor or president that serves an HBCU or MSI that upholds decade-long value and contributions to the field of higher education. Former Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey, AAMU President Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., and Dr. Davis were the first honorees to receive such honor.

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Dear HCF Supporters,

#GivingTuesday is a global day that allows individuals to support causes and organizations that make a difference in their communities and around the world. Every year, on the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday and with the help of our support, the fight to Campaign for HBCUs will continue to assure that HCF can support the important assignment that HBCUs and MSIs do in providing quality education to a diverse population of students.

This year, our goal is to reach $25,000 in necessary funding to continue our mission to provide scholarships and support higher education. 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 Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Higher education can be the debt of a student during their matriculating, and with your support of HCF, we can assist with helping those students with their educational endeavors. On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, we encourage you to consider HCF in reaching its goals to advocate for higher education, making a recurring or one-time gift below.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund
Founded in 2012, HCF was the vision and brainchild of founder Demetrius Johnson, Jr. In 2015, HCF incorporated its mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for student scholarships and services at HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocate for students and higher education. Visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

How can I join the cause? You can support HCF through its #GivingTuesday campaign in the following ways:

  • Joining the #Unselfie movement by taking a selfie with reasons why you support HCF and tagging HCF on social media using #HCFGivingTuesday
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To get involved in supporting HCF before, on GivingTuesday, and after, you are encouraged to visit the HCF Giving Tuesday official page at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate/givingtuesday to learn more about how you can make a difference!

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Ronald E. McNair

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University is among a number of institutions that recently received the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The $1.3 million award is part of a five-year grant designed to provide support services and to encourage eligible undergraduate students to pursue graduate education leading to doctoral degrees, according to the University.

The grant coincides with Dillard’s mission as well as other efforts to increase the number of Dillard graduates entering graduate studies. The grant, which will be directed by Tracie Thomas, pre-health advisor, will function as a program within the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and will report directly to the interim associate provost, Eric Buckles. The program went into effect October 1 and will run through September 2027.

According to Theodore Callier, interim president of institutional advancement, Dillard’s application was highly competitive and one of the few relatively new programs awarded in this year’s competition.

“I am beyond grateful that Dillard was awarded the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant. We will be able to continue to equip our students as research scholars with the necessary resources to excel in graduate school and beyond,” said Thomas.

Program staff will provide graduate school planning and awareness activities, access to research and scholarly activity, specialized advising, mentoring and other wrap-around services to better prepare and equip students to success in graduate school.

After earning a Ph.D. in physics, Ronald E. McNair was selected out of 10,000 applications to train NASA. McNair would later become the second African American to go into space in 1984. The $60 million Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is one of the Department of Education’s federally funded TRIO programs.

About Dillard University
Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Ranked 5th on 2021 The New York Times Overall Mobility Index and 14th in 2022 by Academic Influence for Best Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship, Dillard’s call to future leaders is to Write Your Legacy. Learn more about Louisiana’s oldest HBCU by visiting www.dillard.edu.

Dr. Anthony J. Davis was named the 13th President of Livingstone College unanimously during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on Thursday, September 22. Dr. Davis is a 2001 graduate of the institution.

SALISBURY, NC – The Livingstone College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Anthony J. Davis as the 13th president of the College, announced by the College on Thursday.

The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 22, during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on campus, following an executive session. Davis, an alumnus of Livingstone College, currently serves as senior vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer.

“The Search Committee was very intentional on finding someone that would embrace students, understand the culture of the school and be familiar with the community,” said Bishop Kenneth Monroe, chairman of the board. “We had good candidates. We had to look at the vision of the person and if that person was able to connect with the ideals we were looking for.”

“I recognized Dr. Davis’ talents and his willingness to roll up his sleeves and to work hard. That’s why I appointed him chief operating officer,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., outgoing Livingstone College President. “In essence, he has been practicing to step into the step of president.”

“I’m happy, I’m humbled, and I’m honored to be selected to serve as the 13th president of Livingstone College,” said Davis. “Twenty-one years ago, I started on this journey to become president. It is true what poet Langston Hughes said, ‘Dreams don’t die, they are deferred.’”

“I praise the Livingstone College Board of Trustees and the Search Committee for their authenticity and thoughtfulness in selecting a leader who embraces a student-centered environment and heeds the culture of the College. Someone who will dominate to fill the shoes of what Dr. Jenkins’ legacy has already marked,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “I truly applaud Dr. Jenkins for an amazing job well done. He is truly a trailblazer in the space of higher ed and HBCUs. And I congratulate Dr. Davis on becoming the 13th President of the College. We at HCF appreciate his continuous leadership and wish very best in his tenure.”

Prior to Livingstone College, Davis served as the vice president for development with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the nation’s oldest diversity pipeline organization.

A 2001 graduate of Livingstone College, Davis earned his Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, one of the only advanced degrees offered in the field. He attended the Fundraising School of Indiana – Bloomington’s Center of Philanthropy (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and completed his doctoral work at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.

About Livingstone College
Livingstone College is a private historically black college that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence and student success. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to promote lifelong learning, and to develop students potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit www.livingstone.edu.

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Dr. Cynthia Warrick, Stillman College’s first female president announce that she will retire from the presidency at the end of her contact term on June 30, 2023, during a news conference held on campus.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The first woman to hold the president position at Stillman College, Dr. Cynthia Warrick, will retire from the presidency at the end of her current contact term on June 30, 2023, according to the College.

Warrick announced her retirement at a news conference held on campus on Thursday, September 8. Warrick said her time at Stillman has been incredibly rewarding and she’s excited for the future of the college.

“Stillman is a space place and Tuscaloosa is a great college town. I will cherish the outpouring of support from the local community, the state, and the alumni that has contributed to the success that we have achieved during my tenure,” said Warrick. “Stillman is now at a place where a new president can build on the solid foundation of teaching, research, and community service that we have established in the past five years.”

Warrick was named the seventh president of Stillman College in April 2017 after four months as interim president. Her tenure at Stillman has seen the college grow, diversify its course offerings, and enhance its academic reputation nationally. Since 2017, Stillman has added multiple programs to reshape its liberal arts profile and reflect growing trends in the workforce in the State of Alabama, such as business concentrations in data analytics, supply chain management, and cybersecurity, as well as new offerings in film and music industry. Since 2019, Stillman has been recognized each year as a “College of Distinction.”

In 2020, Warrick was named amongst the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders by the HBCU Campaign Fund, recognizing her for her work in the space of higher education, contributions, and achievements at Stillman College.

“I am lost for words but in tears of joy right now. What a remarkable leader that Stillman College was blessed with, Dr. Cynthia Warrick is more than incredible. I admire and applaud her for an exceptional job well done,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., HCF Founder, President & CEO. “Our organization was honored to recognize her work in higher education as a dominant leader in 2020. I have been following Dr. Warrick since her tenure as interim president at Grambling State University when HCF was smaller in name. It will be rough initially to not tie Stillman to Dr. Warrick as current president; furthermore, I am so proud of her; we congratulate and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Warrick has been a steadying presence and relentless force in critical areas for the college. Upon her arrival to campus, she was tasked with stabilizing the institution’s finances and academic standing, as well as enhancing its donor relationships. Her impact would be felt immediately – student enrollment increased 27% from Fall 2016 to Fall 2019, and the college had its largest incoming freshman class (231) since 2014. In 2020, Stillman’s SACSCOC accreditation was reaffirmed for another 10 years without any recommendations or further action.

Additionally, Warrick worked tirelessly to address the college’s debt, rallying presidents at more than 40 institutions with HBCU Capital Finance loans to work with policymakers and Congressional leadership, first for deferment, and in 2020, loan forgiveness, an effort that would result in Stillman eliminating $40 million from its book, making the college debt free.

Stillman’s business, government, and academic partnerships have also grown under Warrick’s leadership. During the past five year, Stillman grew grant funding and sponsored programs to more than $12.8 million dollars through the recruitment of research faculty and the development of MOUs with major research universities and community colleges, including the expansion of graduate school pathways with the existing 50-year partnership with the University of Alabama. Warrick also established summer research opportunities in biomedical sciences with Drexel University, the Salk Institute, and LaJolla Research Institute in Immunology. And, for the first time in its history, Stillman receives an annual appropriation from the State of Alabama Education Trust Fund.

Dr. Cynthia Warrick, the first female president of Stillman College, who begun her tenure in 2017. Warrick announced that she will be retiring at the end of the academic year on June 30, 2023.

“Dr. Warrick has been a significant part of the existence of Stillman College – her contributions are immeasurable,” said Donald Comer, Sillman College Board of Trustees Chair. “The college has gone through some very rocky times, and she has been the anchor that has kept us on track. She has raised the brand of the institution and enhanced the college’s reputation.”

Stillman’s enchanced brand reputation is buoyed by a significant overhaul of its website, logs, watermarks, and digital footprint. Warrick has also strengthen Stillman’s historical connection to the Presbyterian Church USA and the West End Tuscaloosa community. She served on the board of UNCF, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club & Foundation, the Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Agency, the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, the Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama, and the United Way of West Alabama, among others.

“I marvel at what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short period of time with 70% of our students from Alabama,” said Warrick. “When I learned about Stillman graduates earned 36 doctorates between 2010 and 2020, making us number two for HBCU undergraduate institutions producing PhDs in the State of Alabama, it proves the value of the small HBCU contributing to the knowledge-based economy that is required today.”

Stillman’s Board of Trustees has initiated a national search for Warrick’s successor. The plans are to name a replacement for Warrick by the time she retires.

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Goldman Sachs awards Mississippi HBCU Alcorn State University a grant for $125,000 to increase college access.

The grant was made possible by Alcorn sophomore Tyarian Carson’s contributions during the Goldman Sachs’ Market Madness: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Possibilities Program.

Tyarian Carson, sophomore and mass communication major at Alcorn State University

“It was the best experience,” Carson related. “I meet wonderful and kind people and learned so many new things about myself.”

Carson, a native of Canton, Miss. and mass communication major, participated in a competition and weekly educational sessions to learn more about the company and its function.

“Alcorn is known for providing an exceptional experience that prepares graduates for a lifetime of success,” said Dr. Felecia M. Nave, president of Alcorn State University. “We deeply appreciate Goldman Sachs for providing a unique opportunity for our students to broaden their financial literacy skills through this program and Goldman Sachs’ generous support for vital student financial aid and scholarships.”

In 2021, Goldman Sachs committed $25 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities under its initiative to build an “inclusive and dynamic economy and society.”

About Alcorn State University
Alcorn State University is a public historically Black, comprehensive land-grant institution of higher education that provides access and opportunity for diverse students to excel intellectually, build character, and overcome barriers so they can become productive leaders who make meaningful contributions to society. Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. For more information, visit www.alcorn.edu.

About Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs is a leading global financial institution that delivers a broad range of financial services across investment banking, securities, investment management and consumer banking to a large and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. For more information, visit www.goldmansachs.com.

Happy September, #HBCUNation! We’re on a busy start of our Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour that supports Black College Sports, highlights HBCU football and classics, and spread the word of HBCUs to those seeking to attend college. We’re raising resources that are essentials to continue the successes and necessary work that we do for higher education. It’s hopeful that you will inspire us by rising to the challenge of helping us continue to Campaign For HBCUs. Now, I have one favor to ask: we need 100 donors to make our goal of $1,000 before midnight. Will you be one?

Your gift before midnight tonight, will help with various range of expenses for the tour, including providing scholarships, purchase of game/college fair tickets for youth who needs it most, and material/travel expenses.

Can I count on you to make a gift to HCF to ensure our work continues? Click here to be one of the 100 donors!

When you’re one of the 100 donors today, you’ll not only help us reach our goal, you’ll be directly responsible for our continued work and advocacy for students and higher education.

 

Again, your support today will ensure that we can continue to expand our outreach to under-resources communities and to strengthen our capacity to care for students and higher ed institutions.

 

Thank you for making our efforts a success. This important work can’t happen with you. Thank you for your generosity.

With gratitude,

HUNTSVILE, Ala. – President Biden announced this week his intent to appoint Dr. Patricia G. Sims, President of Drake State Community & Technical College, to the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). The NIAC advises the White House on how to reduce physical and cyber risks and improve the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors. She joins 26 highly qualified and diverse industry and government leaders selected for this appointment and is the only Alabama representative.

Dr. Patricia G. Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College appointed to National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Biden.

Dr. Sims has been President of Drake State, a Historically Black Community College (HBCC), since 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State has seen a significant increase in state and federal funding, has increased strategic partnerships, and expanded its program offerings. The College was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Connecting Minority Communities Pilot (CMCP) program, to help eliminate historical broadband and computer access inequities in and around Madison County, Alabama. Drake was one of the first five universities and the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be awarded the grant.

Sims has more than 8 years of progressive experience in the field of Education. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama State Port Authority, the Alabama Partnership for Children, and the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust. In 2019, Sims was recognized as one of the Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve on this much-needed council,” said Sims. “Our work at Drake State is always about improving the lives of individuals for the betterment of our community. We address workforce needs in key areas of technology and healthcare that play a role in cyber security and disaster preparedness.”

“I am so proud of Dr. Patricia G. Sims and her work as President of Drake State Community College & Technical College, one of our Historically Black Community Colleges (HBCC),” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO at the HBCU Campaign Fund. “Her fondness for this important work is very passionate to this role. President Biden couldn’t have chosen such more of a qualified leader as President Sims for this council. Sims and her team work at Drake State are structured around improving the lives of individuals and making the key areas of technology and science better.”

Since its establishment in 2001, the NIAC has conducted dozens of studies to address problems such as: improving intelligence information sharing across government and industry; identifying and reducing complex cyber risks; better preparing for and responding to disruptions among senior executives and federal leaders during imminent threats and disaster responses; and addressing the skills gaps and loss of institutional knowledge in key national workforces.

About Drake State Community & Technical College
Established in 1961, Drake State Community and Technical College is a historically black community college located in Huntsville, home to the fast growing, highly technical aerospace and defense industry, including the NASA Marshall Flight Center, US Army Redstone Arsenal, and Cummings Research Parks. Drake State offers flexible, affordable university-transfer 2-year and technical degrees, certificates, adult and continuing education, and customized technical skills training for Huntsville/Madison County employers. Visit www.drakestate.edu for more information.