Noted educator and author Dr. Steve Perry will deliver the commencement address to fall 2018 graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) on Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. The free, public event will be held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena with procession beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Perry is one of the most sought-after education in America. His is the educator Oprah Oprah, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Bishop TD Jakes and Steve Harvey call on to offer insight to parents and children. A diverse array of politicians and groups from the Urban League to ALEC, have reached out to Dr. Perry to better understand what matters to parents.

Dr. Perry opened his third school, helped Steve Harvey write his new book “Jump,” has spoken in over 79 communities and completed his sixth book “Transparanting” within the past 12 months. The word most often used to describe Dr. Perry is passionate. His authenticity is welcomed addition to any discussion rooted in improving children’s lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school. There’s a richness in his concepts that foster an intriguing point of view on the modern American family.

Dr. Perry’s unique and powerful voice is respected and has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows. His courage and piercing insights provides a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public disclosure.

Considered the voice of a generation, Dr. Perry is a people’s champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, he is a man worth listening to.

For more information about fall 2018 commencement, please call (870) 575-8487.

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Debra L. Lee, Trailblazing Entertainment Executive, to deliver the address to Prairie View A&M University graduates and their families at the fall commencement on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Berry Center of Northwest Houston in Cypress, Texas.

According to a press release from the university, Up until May 2018, Lee served as the Chairman & CEO of BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally.

During her tenure, Lee helmed BET’s reinvigorated approach to corporate philanthropy & authentic programming that lead to hits such as The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, The BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors and many more.

In September 2009, Lee managed the launch of Centric, a 24-hour music and entertainment network. Under her guidance, Centric was rebranded in 2014 as the first network designed for Black women. She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to her being named Chairman and CEO, Lee was President and COO of BET Networks for almost 10 years, during which she guided the company to consistent increases in viewership, revenue, and earnings. She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington D.C. based corporate law firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Billboard’s Power 100, Lee’s achievements in her 30+ year career in the industry, as well as recognition as one of this country’s most respected business executives. Lee was honored with the Destinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommmunications Association and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

In February 2017, the GRAMMY Organization recognized Lee with the Salute To Industry Icons Award, on behalf of her major contributions to American music and culture. Lee is currently the first and only woman to receive the distinguished honor.

Lee is a committed philanthropist, holding a position on The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, serving as President; is a member emeritus of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age; and sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, Brown Universirty’s Center for Slavery & Justive, The Paley Center for Media, and The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and in 2011 was appointed by President Obama to the White House Management Advisory Board during his tenure. Lee also currently sits on the Board of Directors for corporations like Twitter, Marriot and Washington Gas Light.

Lee earned her Juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. In 2014 she was awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Brown University.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has announced that this fall, representatives will be hitting the work for its 3rd Annual HBCU Football Tour in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football teams and its Division of Recruitment will join in on certain days to assist recruiting for HBCU’s.

Last year’s tour featured a visit to Lincoln University – Missouri, Chicago Football Classic, Central State University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff during football season. The Division of Recruitment joint in on the Chicago Football Classic by participating in its college fair providing students with important information about attending college and what does the HBCU experience looks like once you step foot on campus.

Volunteer recruiter, Tasha Brown, talking to students about attending college and what the HBCU experience is all about at the 2017 Chicago Football Classic College & Career Fair.

“This initiative that HCF takes part in implementing is what we try to achieve within our mission and supporting the significance. We also thrive to go out and about of our office as well as the Chicago area to make sure that individuals can experience our organization and know that outreach is a key factor in the quest of campaigning for our nation jewels, our historically black colleges,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund.

“We look forward to meeting students to encourage them to choose HBCU, which is our motto at HCF. We also hope to inspire, and meet our HBCU community as well as our supporters who follow our social media handles,” he continued. “This tour is meant to bring empowerment to our HBCU’s, and to make sure that the names of these institutions are known to the unknown.”

This year’s tour has expanded both on the football and recruitment perspective sides. Check out the confirmed schedule below.

2018 HBCU Football Tour 2018 Recruitment Fair Tour
Sept 1 – Lincoln University vs Lane College, Memphis, TN

Sept. 7 – Southern Heritage Classic, Memphis, TN

Sept. 22 – Chicago Football Classic, Chicago, IL

Sept. 29 – UAPB vs. FIU, Miami, Fla

Nov. 3 – FVSU vs. Albany State, Columbus, GA

Nov. 24 – Grambling Univ. vs. Southern Univ., New Orleans, LA

Sept. 6 – SHC College & Career Fair

Sept. 22 – CFC College & Career Fair

More dates are still too be confirmed. All dates are subject for cancellation and may or may not be rescheduled.

If you would like to add your HBCU to the upcoming football tour schedule, click here or if you would like HCF’s Division of Recruitment participation at a upcoming college fair, email your request to

To make a donation in assisting the organization in traveling this fall, via our website here or click below:

View photos from last year’s football and recruitment tour below.

The HBCU Digest has announced its 2018 HBCU Executive Media Summit and HBCU Awards Gala ceremony to be held on June 22 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m.

According to the HBCU Digest, North Carolina’s historically secured 25 spots in this year’s 2018 HBCU Awards finalist ballot, the most ever for one state in the eight-year history of the awards gala.

Howard University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Tennessee State University tied for the lead with ten nominations, including higher honors bids for female and male president of the year for Tennessee State President Glenda Baskin Glover, and NCAT Chancellor Harold Martin, respectively; and HBCU of the Year.

Two-time HBCU President of the Year and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell secured his sixth nomination for the award and will vie against previous winners Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough, and 2017 award winner and Virginia State University President Makola Abdullah.

2017 HBCU President of the Year and Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond returns seeking to become the first two-time winner of the individual award and first HBCU of the Year award winner in consecutive years.

Also nominated this year, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin (Morehouse College) who headlines a list of first-time nominees which includes Howard University alumnus and acclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman, and Hampton University President William R. Harvey (Talladega College).

Dr. Harvey, who will complete his 40th year as Hampton president this year, will be honored during this year’s ceremony as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, which will also be formally named in his honor during the awards gala.

The HBCU Awards is the first and only national awards ceremony honoring individual and institutional achievement at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. Winners are selected by a panel of previous winners, journalist, HBCU executives, students and alumni for the merit of accomplishment and for generating positive coverage for HBCU campus communities.

Tickets for this year’s ceremony is available here, and discounted hotel room rates are available here.

Here are the list of finalist:

Awards in Student Activities

Best Marching Band  
Miles College Purple Marching Machine
North Carolina A&T State University Blue & Gold Marching Machine
Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm
Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands
Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers

Best Choir  
Claflin University Concert Choir
Dillard University Concert Choir
North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams

Best Student Government Association  
Hampton University
Howard University
Livingstone College
Prairie View A&M University
Spelman College

Best Student Organization  
Harris-Stowe State University NAACP Chapter
Howard University WHBCU 96.3 Student Radio
Jackson State University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team
North Carolina Central University Student Orientation, Advising and Registration Leaders
Tennessee State University Collegiate Citizens Police Academy

Awards in Publications

Best Student Newspaper
Claflin University “The Panther”
Howard University “The Hilltop”
Morgan State University “The Spokesman”
Prairie View A&M University “The Panther”
Southern University “Southern Digest”

Best Alumni Publication  
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff – UAPB Magazine
University of the District of Columbia – Legacy Magazine
Florida A&M University – A&M Magazine
Oakwood University – Oakwood Magazine
Winston-Salem State University – Archway Magazine

Awards in Academic Excellence

Best Research Center  
Delaware State University Center for Neuroscience Research
Hampton University Center for Atmospheric Science Research
Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease
Jackson State University Mississippi Urban Research Center
Kentucky State University Atwood Center for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal
Tennessee State University Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center

Best Fine Arts Program  
Alabama State University College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dillard University Theatre Program
Howard University Gallery of Art
North Carolina A&T State University Theatre Arts Program

Best Business Program  
Central State University Ohio Summer Banking Institute
Hampton University School of Business
Prairie View A&M University College of Business
Virginia State University Reginald F. Lewis College of Business

Best Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics (STEM) Program
Alabama A&M University College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences
Howard University College of Engineering and Architecture
North Carolina A&T College of Science and Technology
Tennessee State University College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences

Best Nursing Program  
Delaware State University
Fayetteville State University
Florida A&M University
Lincoln University of Missouri
Winston-Salem State University

Best Social Work Program
Clark-Atlanta University
North Carolina Central University
Fayetteville State University
Winston-Salem State University

Awards in Alumni Activity

Male Alumnus of the Year  
Marc Battle – University of the District of Columbia
Chadwick Boseman – Howard University
Leon Daggs Jr. – Harris-Stowe State University
William Harvey – Talladega College
James Shaw  – Tennessee State University
Randall Woodfin – Morehouse College

Female Alumna of the Year  
Ruth Carter – Hampton University
Raye Jean Jordan Montague – University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
April Ryan – Morgan State University
Gladys West – Virginia State University
Hope Wiseman – Spelman College

National Alumni Association of the Year  
Alabama A&M University National Alumni Association
Bennett College National Alumnae Association
North Carolina Central University National Alumni Association
Spelman College National Alumnae Association
Texas Southern University National Alumni Association

Awards in Athletic Excellence

Female Coach of the Year  
AnneMarie Gilbert – Virginia Union University Women’s Basketball
Sandy Pugh – Southern University Women’s Basketball
Kim Terrell-Kearney – North Carolina A&T State University Bowling
Nakeya Hall – Alabama A&M University Softball

Male Coach of the Year  
Reggie Barlow – Virginia State University
Grady Brewer – Morehouse College
Rod Broadway – North Carolina A&T State University
Quinton Morgan – Langston University

Female Athlete of the Year  
Haileigh Adams – Grambling State University
Dynesha Powell – Harris-Stowe State University
Tiaria Norman – Claflin University
Tia Wooten – Tennessee State University

Male Athlete of the Year
Trenton Cannon – Virginia State University
Amir Hall – Bowie State University
Maximilian Kuester – Hampton University
Juan Scott – Central State University

Best Women’s Team of the Year
Dillard University Women’s Basketball
North Carolina A&T State University Women’s Basketball
Virginia Union University Women’s Basketball
Lincoln University (MO) Outdoor Track and Field

Best Men’s Team of the Year
Texas Southern University Men’s Basketball
Morehouse College Men’s Basketball
Langston University Football
North Carolina A&T State University Football
Tuskegee University Football
Virginia State University Football

Awards in Individual Achievement

Female Student of the Year  
Martha Baye – Hampton University
Brianna Bundick-Kelly – Virginia State University
Salonica Hunter – University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Theresa Lyles – Tennessee State University

Male Student of the Year  
Brandon Brown – Claflin University
Jonathon Randle – Prairie View A&M University
Naton Smith – Tennessee State University
Julien Turner – Morehouse College

Female Faculty Member of the Year  
Kristen Broady – Kentucky State University
Goldie Byrd – North Carolina A&T State University
Gulnaz Javan- Alabama State University
Bahiyyah Muhammad – Howard University
Wendy White – Tougaloo College

Male Faculty Member of the Year  
Greg Carr – Howard University
Robert Collins – Dillard University
Danny Harvey – Prairie View A&M University
Jeremy Winston – Central State University
Clayton Yates – Tuskegee University
Sung-Jin Cho – North Carolina A&T State University

Highest Honors

Female President of the Year  
Roslyn Clark-Artis – Benedict College
Mary Schmidt Campbell – Spelman College
Glenda Baskin Glover – Tennessee State University
Cynthia Jackson-Hammond – Central State University
Valerie Montgomery-Rice – Morehouse School of Medicine

Male President of the Year  
Makola Abdullah – Virginia State University
Andrew Hugine – Alabama A&M University
Walter Kimbrough – Dillard University
Harold Martin – North Carolina A&T State University
Elwood Robinson – Winston-Salem State University
Michael Sorrell – Paul Quinn College

Board of Trustees of the Year
Delaware State University
Howard University
Paul Quinn College
Talladega College
Virginia State University

Historically Black College/University of the Year  
Central State University
North Carolina A&T State University
Prairie View A&M University
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University
Virginia State University
Winston-Salem State




CHICAGO, ILHBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces its 2018 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition. The competition highlights newly elected campus leaders that serve in the title of king, queen or SGA president at an accredited HBCU or PBI.

For four years, the HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights newly elected campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus involvement, improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term. The dictionary was initially housed on HCF’s website at Now the Dictionary is a published magazine.

Induction into the magazine, candidates are voted by the public and the top finalist will appear in the dictionary class of that following year as well as in the magazine publication. This year’s theme is “Creating Royalty. Engaging HBCU Culture: Past, Present, and Future.

All interest campus leaders can read all rules and register for the competition online or download a paper version application here beginning Monday, May 7, 2018. (Please Note: SGA Presidents are allowed to enter the competition only if their institution do not hold a mister or queen position or whichever one applies to come in replacement.) The competition voting begins June 1, 2018, through July 4, 2018.

HCF welcomes and invites companies and organization to advertise in HCF’s magazine. The advertisement will provide your business or organization with exposure to our magazine supporters and readers to purchase the magazine and support sponsors and advertisers.

Interest companies and organizations can find the “HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine Rates” contract here or request by email at Please review the information and complete the form in accordance with the type of size of advertisement desired. Feel free to contact the HCF Office directly at 773.988.2106, if you have any additional questions regarding advertising options.

The proceeds will provide funding to awarding the top voted finalists with funds to their courts or SGA cabinet during the academic term in the following magazine competition, educational scholarships for high school and college student, services at HBCUs and the continued efforts of the HCF organization.

HCF continues to look forward this initiative in highlighting the future dynamic and visionary leaders and success of HBCUs and PBIs.

For more information about the HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition, visit HCF’s website at

PINE BLUFF, AR – Johnny C. Taylor, current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and immediate past President and Chief Executive Office of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will address the graduates at the spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. at Pine Bluff Convention Center.

According to a press release from the university, Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006. Taylor is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents nearly 300,000 students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this role, he became a prolific fundraiser, amassing over $100 million in grants and gifts.

As an influencer in his field and community, he was named one of the Ebony Magazine “Power 100” in 2011. Previously, he held positions at IAC/Interactive Corp, first as its Senior Vice President of HR and then as President and Chief Executive Officer of one of IACs operating subsidiaries. Mr. Taylor’s career also spans nearly 15 years in the practice of law and HR,including as Litigation Partner and President of the HR consulting business of the law firm McGuireWoods LLC; Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel and Senior Vice President of HR for Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel and Vice President of HR for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

In a 2018 White House ceremony, President Trump appointed Mr. Taylor Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he is currently serving on the corporate board of Gallup, the leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and an Adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances, an initiative to reduce the high rate of recidivism in America.

Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, DC.

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” – Marian Anderson.

As President and CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund organization, a supportive non-profit group for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, leadership plays a substantial role in the operation of an institution. This select group of individuals is responsible for shaking policies, changing perspectives and making decisions that affect millions through their educational needs daily at an HBCU institution.

Below, HCF has compiled a list of ten HBCU Presidents who are dominant influential leaders and currently displaying the following responsibilities in leadership in the progress of moving their institutions forward.

10. Dr. Andrea L. Miller – President of LeMoyne-Owen College – Memphis, TN

Making history by becoming the first women and the second alumnus to serve as president since the college was founded in 1862. Dr. Andrea L. Miller was appointed as the 12th President of LeMoyne-Owen College and took office on September 1, 2015.

Since taking the helm, Dr. Miller most significant highlights are stabilizing enrollment by nearly 1,000 students and increasing its endowment fund with $12.8 million inputted. With a strategic plan, Miller has a set goal of doubling enrollment and the endowment by the year 2020.

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, prior to her appointment at LeMoyne-Owen College, Dr. Miller served as chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) in Louisiana. She also served for five years as chancellor of SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana. And served six years as Provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College and vice president for Academic Affairs/dean of faculty at LeMoyne-Owen College.

9. Dr. Hakim J. Lucas – President of Virginia Union University – Richmond, VA

Just recently named as the 13th President of Virginia Union University, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas brings nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in higher education.

Dr. Lucas is swiftly establishing innovating ways at the helm in constituting the institution forward by involving the students physically and socially to interact their necessary needs in continuing their education. His career success includes fundraising, strategic planning, and the engagement and retention of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Prior to his appointment at VUU, Dr. Lucas served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University. He also served as Director of Development at State University of New York at Old Westbury and the Dean of Institutional Advancement and Development at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Lucas received his bachelor’s from Morehouse College, a masters degree from Tufts University and a master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He received his doctoral degree in education from Fordham University.

8. Dr. Austin A. Lane – President of Texas Southern University – Houston, TX

Dr. Austin A. Lane, who was named the sole finalist in becoming the 12th President of Texas Southern University, assume post on June 7, 2016. He replaced Dr. John M. Rudley, who served as president since 2008.

Committed to focusing on student recruitment and maintaining strong enrollment and retention polices at TSU. Dr. Lane served as Executive Vice Chancellor of Lone Star College, where he was the lead administrator for Academic Affairs, Student Services, Workforce Education, Corporate College, Honors College, International Programs, Strategic Planning and Assessments and University Centers in the Woodlands and University Park. He also served as the third president of Lone Star College – Montgomery for six years, leading an institution that experienced the fastest growth in Texas and the nation. Dr. Lane also served in a host of prior positions.

As a native of New Jersey, he received a bachelor’s degree from Langston University in Oklahoma, a masters from the University of Oklahoma, and an Ed.D from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Lane has been as a recipient of the 2015 Drum Major Award, 2014 Interfaith of the Woodlands Hometown Hero Honoree, and 2012 Pacesetter of the Yard of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

7. Dr. Kevin D. Rome – President of Fisk University – Nashville, TN

Named as the 16th President of Fisk University, Dr. Kevin D. Rome Sr. brings his transformational leadership to the university.

Taking office as of June 30, 2017, Dr. Rome served as President of Lincoln University of Missouri. During his tenure, Rome managed a budget in excess of $57 million and was responsible for overseeing the operational efficiency of the university. The university witnessed a 50% increase in student enrollment in addition to the creation of institutional programs and initiatives.

Prior to serving as President of Lincoln University of Missouri, Dr. Rome served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at North Carolina Central University. He also served as vice president for Student Services at Morehouse College, vice president for Campus Life at Clayton State University, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Diversity at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He also received a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

6. Dr. Ruth J. Simmons – President of Prairie View A&M College – Prairie View, TX

On October 19, 2017, Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, a nationally recognized leader in higher education, became the sole finalist and was named the 8th President of Prairie View A&M University.

Bringing to PVAMU, administrative experience in Ivy League schools, a women’s university, and a historically black college. Dr. Simmons served as President of Brown University from 2001-2012. Prior to, she held an appointment as professor of Africana Studies at Brown. She served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of South California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming President of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States.

Dr. Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from UNCF, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-kill Medal and many more.

Dr. Simmons received her bachelor’s degree from Dillard University, a masters and doctoral from Harvard University.

5. Dr. Makola M. Abdullah – President of Virginia State University – Petersburg, VA

Welcomed as the 14th President of Virginia State University, Dr. Makola M. Adullah brings premier leadership to the university.

Under his leadership, the university has experienced significant achievements. Those include an increase of 50 percent in the freshman enrollment. The university was recognized as one of the nation’s top 20 “Best Colleges For African-Americans” by ESSENCE magazine. Established partnerships with local school systems wherein VSU students tutor students in mathematics and reading and opened the Academic Center of Excellence as one-stop hub for first-year students to receive career and academic advising and tutorial services.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Abdullah served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla., and dean and director of 1890 land grants programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla.

Dr. Abdullah received his Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. He also received his doctoral degree from Northwestern University. Dr. Abdullah is the youngest African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering.

Dr. Abdullah was named the HBCU Male President of the Year by HBCU Digest in 2017.

4. Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack – President of Harris-Stowe State University – St. Louis, MO

Appointed as the President of Harris-Stowe State University, effective July 14, 2014. Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack brings more than 15 years of higher education experience to Harris-Stowe at the time.

Since his tenure at HSSU, a few of his significant highlights includes increasing grants totaling approximately $3.5 million, HSSU was approved to offer graduate degree programs, for the first time in university history, increased academic degree programs by 100%, going from 14 majors to 31 majors and minors in one year, and increasing applications by over 100% in the past five years.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Warmack served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Bethune-Cookman University and at the age of 33, making him the youngest Vice President in the school’s history. He was then promoted to senior vice president for Administration and Student Services. Dr. Warmack also held positions at Rhodes College, Western Carolina University, and Delta State University.

Dr. Warmack holds a doctor of education degree in educational leadership with specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, TN. He received his bachelors and masters degrees both from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

3. Dr. Roslyn C. Artis – President of Benedict College – Columbia, SC

Earning for the second time in history, the distinct honor of serving as the first-female President of a collegiate institution in the United States. Dr. Roslyn C. Artis was named President of Benedict College on June 30, 2017.

Prior to her appointment at Benedict, Dr. Artis served as President of Florida Memorial University where unrestricted gifts increased by 20%, restricted gifts increased by 38%, and revenue from grants and sponsored research increased by 22%. Dr. Artist is credited with soliciting and receiving the largest gift from a single donor ($3.8 m) in the institutions history. She completed construction on a state-of-the-art Science Annex and a comprehensive Athletic Facility and Wellness Center on campus.

Serving as an educational advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Dr. Artis has served as Chair of the Educational Committee for the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) to which she was appointed by former U.S. Security Jeh Johnson under the administration of President Barack Obama.

Dr. Artis received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State University, a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She holds a Juris doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law. She also holds a certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University and a certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University.

2. Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr. – President of Wiley College – Marshall, TX

Named as the 17th President of Wiley College on December 11, 2018. Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., is one of HBCUs fervent leaders to take the helm.

Prior to accepting the post at Wiley, Dr. Felton has served as the President of Wilberforce University. During his tenure, he successfully secured $3.8 million in programmatic grants to strengthen the institutions Master degree programs; increased career placement through advisement, and created an Intramural Complex with a $50,000 grant secured from the Home Depot Retool Your School Campus Improvement Program. As a result of Dr. Felton’s engagement efforts, alumni support grew significantly, with $458,000 in gifts being garnered at the 2017 Wilberforce University National Alumni Association Conference. Dr. Felton also secured $350,000 to create the Dr. Mark and Shelly Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Good, and Transformational Leadership.

He is the co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), an organization ensuring that a pipeline of transformational, highly skilled and principal leaders are identified and cultivated to meet the needs, challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Felton received his bachelor’s degree from Edward Waters College and a J.D. from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

1. Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough – President of Dillard University – New Orleans, LA

Coming to Dillard University in 2012, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough has been recognized for his superlative leadership, research and writings on and in HBCUs as well as on African-American men in college.

Dr. Kimbrough previously served seven years as President of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. During his tenure, the college dramatically increased student recruitment and graduation rates. The university adopted a new mission and greatly raised its stature by focusing on its core values and history as an HBCU and a charter member of UNCF.

As President of Philander Smith, Kimbrough was among the youngest college presidents in the nation at the age of 37. Prior to, he served four years as vice president for Student Affairs at Albany State University in Albany, Ga. He also served as director of Student Activities and Leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA., and held administrative posts at Georgia State University and Emory University.

Kimbrough has received numerous honors and awards. He was selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow and a 2002 participant in the Millennium Initiative Sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of the “25 To Watch.” And in 2010 he made the coveted EBONY magazine Power 100 list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African-American community.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, a masters from Miami University, and a doctoral from Georgia State University.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLClub 1964, Inc. invites HBCU Scholars, Leaders, and Advocates from across the nation to join them on Wednesday, March 21 through Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Illustrious Florida Memorial University for HBCU Symposium 2018; themed, “HBCU Tomorrow: Our impact in the 21st Century Beyond.”

Club 1964’s 2016 and 2017 Symposiums collectively gathered nearly 1,000 students, alumni, faculty, and staff from HBCUs and advocates from support organization and other institutions (like the Florida International University Black Student Union). In addition to those who attended from HBCUs like Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC), Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), and Howard University (Washington, D.C.), delegates from both the United States Department of Education White House Initiative on HBCUs and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have attended each year.

Marquise M. McGriff, M.A., Convener of the Symposium, highlights:

“Considering the nation’s current climate and its impact on our Historically Black Colleges and Universities, it’s now more important than ever to discuss what this all means for us…. not just today, but tomorrow and beyond. That will be the focus point of our three days of discussion, learning, and fellowship in Lion Country – the state and fate of HBCUs. And we have some pretty accomplished and eager speakers sure to help drive the point home. I’m personally excited!”

If you are interested in attending this year’s Symposium please RVSP by Friday, December 29 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Registration will officially open on Monday, January 28, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. To RSVP and for more information, visit Club 1964 are also accepting sponsorships, donations, expo reservations, other partnerships, and presentation proposals.


Club 1964, Inc. is a public charitable 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization that advocates for Historically Black Colleges and Universities through academic, social, and professional ventures that recruit scholars, develop leaders, and educate advocates.