TALLADEGA, ALU.S. News and World Report listed Talladega College among the nation’s “most innovative schools” for 2020. In addition, the Princeton Review has named Talladega College one of the best colleges in the Southeast, a distinction the College has earned for two consecutive years.

Although Talladega has been known for academic excellence for over 150 years, recent rankings have confirmed it is also a great choice for financial reasons. Talladega was named a 2019 Best Value College by Kiplinger, a national publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. Kiplinger ranked Talladega second in the entire nation among the “10 Best Colleges Values with the Lowest Average Graduating Debt, 2019.”

In addition to favorable rankings, Talladega is also undergoing campus-wide renovation. A new state-of-the-art residence hall opened in January 2018. The Dr. Williams R. Harvey Museum of Art, which will house the critically-acclaimed Hall Woodruff Amistad Murals and other works of art, is scheduled to open in January 2020. In addition, Talladega’s first-ever student center is under construction.

The College recently launched an online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. The 100% online, fully-accredited program has a curriculum that aligns with industry standards and can be completed in as little as 18 months.

About Talladega College

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, Williams Savery and Thomas Tarrant. Talladega College is home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from The New York Time during a three-year, eight-city tour. For more information about Talladega College, visit www.talladega.edu.

Founded on or before 1964, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established after the Civil War when southern states still practiced segregation in schools. These HBCUs have provided places for freed African-Americans to earn a quality education.

For more than 150 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provide, and serve academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. HBCUs continue to thrive in its mission to building confidence to turning those students into educated testimonies.

According to UNCF’s 6 Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever, the nation’s 107 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet they produce almost 20 percent of all African-American graduates and 25 percent of African-American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – which are the critical industries of the future. And HBCU tuition rates are on average almost 20 percent less than at comparable institutions.

Smaller institutions are most affordable with an enrollment of less than 2,000 and tuition totaling less than $15,000 per year. These institutions are also student-centered which seeks to fulfill the academic needs and performances of every student enrolled and fostered academic preparation while providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations.

This list provides you the top ten small private and public historically black institutions that are rising in providing affordable education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, and spiritual values to its community.

10. Morris Brown College – Atlanta, GA

Morris Brown College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Morris Brown College, founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with special focus in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and technology. On October, 15, 1885, just 20 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 107 students and nine teachers walked into a crude wooden structure at the corner of Boulevard and Houston Streets in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the opening of the first educational institutional in George under sole African-American patronage. The institution was Morris Brown College, named to honor the memory of the second consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

In May of 1885, the Sate of Georgia granted a charter to Morris Brown College. Under the leadership of interim president, Dr. Kevin James, the institution aims towards restoring and regaining its accreditation. Dr. James has heavily engaged in fundraising and in result, received various contribution from numerous donors. His mission is to keep the 138-year institution well alive.

For more information about Morris Brown College, visit www.morrisbrown.edu.

Simmons College of Kentucky’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

9. Simmons College of Kentucky – Louisville, KY

A few months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, members after the Kentucky State Convention of Colored Baptist Churches proposed the establishment of Kentucky’s first post secondary educational institute for its “colored” citizens. In 1879 the State Convention purchased four acres of land in Louisville to serve as the campus for Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute. In the period of 1893 to 1922, student registration increased from 159 to over 500. In recognition of Dr. Simmons’ leadership, the university was renamed Simmons University in 1918.

In 2015, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby was selected as the 13th president of Simmons beginning a resurgence that continues today. Under his tenure, Simmons has reacquired its original campus, secured accreditation, and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Recently Papa Johns International donated $30,000 to Simmons to fund scholarships for students. For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.

8. Denmark Technical College – Denmark, SC

Denmark Technical College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year institution providing career and transfer education. The college was established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1947 and began operating March 1, 1948, as the Denmark Branch of South Carolina Trade School System. At its inception, the institution functioned under the South Carolina Department of Education and was mandated to educate black citizens in various trade. In 1979, the institution was accredited by the Southern Association Colleges and Schools and assumed its present designation as Denmark Technical College.

In 1987, DTC was named the first and only Historically Black Technical College in the State of South Carolina. Under the leadership of interim president Dr. Christopher J. Hall, DTC mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality education with engaging classroom experiences, and personal attention.

For more information about Denmark Technical College, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

7. J.F. Drake Community and Technical College – Huntsville, AL

J.F. Drake Community and Technical College’s campus.

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. In 1961, Governor George Wallace founded a group of state, two-year technical institution. To support the technical/vocational career education needs of African Americans. Huntsville State Vocational Technical School was one of these schools.

In 1966, the school changed its name of J.F. Drake State Technical Trade School in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, long-time president of Alabama A&M University. The Alabama State Board of Education granted Drake State Technical College status in 1973 and adjusted its name to J.F. Drake State Technical College, allowing the school to offer the Associate in Applied Technology Degree (AAT).

The final step in establishing the schools identity came in July 2013 when the college officially became J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.

Dr. Patricia Sims was named the fourth president of Drake State in December 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State has transition to become the premier training destination for businesses in greater Huntsville. Dr. Sims and Dr. Hugine, President of AAMU signed a MOU on June 17th that will enable students awarded delayed admission to AAMU to begin their academic tenures at Drake State and earn credential as they prepare to transfer to AAMU.

For more information J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, visit www.drakestate.edu.

6. Tougaloo College – Jackson, MS

Tougaloo College’s campus.

Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black four-year liberal arts, church related institution. In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie plantation to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in generals.” The Mississippi State Legislature granted the institution a charter under the name of Tougaloo University. Courses of college credit were first offered in 1897, and in 1901, the first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded to Traverse S. Crawford. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.

In March 2019, Dr. Carmen J. Walters was named as the 14th President of the College. For more information about Tougaloo College, visit www.tougaloo.edu.

5. Allen University – Columbia, SC

Allen University’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Allen University was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 1870. The University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of promoting spiritual growth and training men and women to become productive leaders in an ever-changing society. Manifesting the dream of Daniel Alexander Payne, an apostle of black education in the United States, Allen University educated men and women for stellar leadership and service.

At the Annual conference, the deed for the land and buildings presented by Reverend Simon Miller, and the institute was named in honor of Daniel A. Payne. At the Annual conference meeting in Spartanburg in 1880, delegates agreed on the need for a more centralized location for Payne Institute and voted to move it to Columbia, SC. Concurrently, Payne Institute was renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church.

The University is in its current strategic plan for growth. It’s preparation under the leadership of Dr. Ernest McNealey is plan for progression. It is growing in enrollment, finances, new academic programs, including its first graduate degree and has expanded the athletic program.

For more information about Allen University, visit www.allenuniversity.edu.

4. Lane College – Jackson, TN

Lane College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

In 1882, one of the nation’s early Black churches denominations founded what has since evolved into Lane College. Now referred to as the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the organization was organization was originally named the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in America when it formed in 1870. For $240, Bishop Lane purchased the first four acres of land to be used for the new school, and they were located in the eastern part of Jackson, Tennessee.

On November 12, 1882, the “CME High School” began its first session under the guidance of its first principal and teacher, Miss Jennie E. Lane, daughter of Founder Isaac Lane. The College Department was organized in 1896, and at that time, the Board of Trustees voted to changed the name from Lane Institute to Lane College.

Named as the 10th president, Dr. Logan Hampton has led the campus to strengthen its brand and Christian ethos, approve associate degrees, expand online course offerings, establish a more conventional student residential community with a robust first year experience program, and improve the arts, recreation and athletic facilities.

For more information about Lane College, visit www.lanecollege.edu.

3. Philander Smith College – Little Rock, AR

Philander Smith College’s campus. Photo by HCF staff.

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is the result of the first attempt west of the Mississippi River to make education available to freedmen (former African-American slaves). The forerunner of the college was Walden Seminary, named in honor of Dr. J.M. Walden, one of the originators and the first corresponding secretary of the Freedman’s Aid Society.

In 1882, Dr. G.W. Gray, president of Little Rock University, the institution for the Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, met Mrs. Adeline Smith, widow of Mr. Philander Smith of Oak Park, IL, while soliciting funds. The late Philander Smith had been a liberal donor to Asiatic Missions and had developed an interest in the work of the church in the South. In making her gift to Dr. Gray, Mrs. Smith designated $10,500 for Walden Seminary. The trustees accepted the gift and gave it special recognition by changing the name of the struggling Walden Seminary to Philander Smith College.

Philander Smith College was chartered as a four-year college on March 3, 1883. The first baccalaureate degree was conferred in 1888. Under the leadership of Dr. Roderick Smothers, the institution has immerse itself in enriching and worthwhile activities to move it toward the upper echelons of the country’s top historically Black colleges and universities.

For more information about Philander Smith College, visit www.philander.edu.

2. Edward Waters College – Jacksonville, FL

Edward Waters College’s campus.

Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state’s first institution established for the education of African Americans.

Edward Waters College began as an institution founded by blacks, for black. In 1865, following the Civil War, the Reverend Charles H. Pearce, a presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The school, established in 1866, was to eventually evolve into Edward Waters College. Construction of the first building began in October 1872 on ten acres of land in Live Oak. In 1892 the school’s name was changed to Edward Waters College in honor of the third Bishop of the AME Church.

Featured in DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education, Focus on Young HBCU President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. was named the 30th president and CEO of EWC has been the visionary a strategic plan called “Eminence 2025.” His vision aims to implement and enhance EWC through a new honor college, launch of new online degree programs in the field of social work, computer and information science and forensic science, and the development of the college’s first MBA. The institution has also improved their athletics with the return of football and its reveals new transportation fleet and partnership with Kelly Tours, inc. valued at $100,000. Faison was also honored to Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”

For more information about Edward Waters College, visit www.ewc.edu.

  1. Wiley College – Marshall, TX
Wiley College’s campus.

In 1873, less than eight years after all hostilities were quieted from the Civil Ward, the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College near Marshall, Texas for the purpose of allowing Negro youth the opportunity to pursue higher learning in the arts, sciences and other professions.

Named in honor of Bishop Isaac William Wiley, an outstanding minister, medical missionary and educator, Wiley College was founded during turbulent times for Black in America. Wiley College opened it doors just south of Marshall with two frame buildings and an overwhelming desire to succeed in a climate fraught with racism and Jim Crow laws.

Under the leadership of Dr. Herman Felton, Jr. the college continues to offer educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation and the world. Under his leadership, he has achieved significant accomplishments, including spearheading a campaign with College alumni and supporters that has launched the work to renovate and modernize the Thomas W. Cole Library and partnering with the Marshall Economic Development Corporation to receive a $100,000 grant to renovate KBWC, the College’s radio station as well as training space for physical education majors. Felton has also created a Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Unit for the College that is staffed with a full-time licensed practitioner.

For more information about Wiley College, visit www.wileyc.edu.

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) participating in the 2018 Chicago Football Classic college fair.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has announced that this fall, representatives will hit the road once again for its 4th Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football classics and join by its Division of Recruitment on specific dates to assist with recruiting to HBCUs. The HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour is one of the biggest initiative programs at HCF.

Last year’s tour HCF added the Southern Heritage Classic college fair and football game, and Bayou Classic football game. Returns were made to the Chicago Football Classic college fair and football game, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s homecoming. The Division of Recruitment join on the tour at the SHC and CFC college fairs to provide students with imperative information about attending college and what does the HBCU experience entails once you step foot on campus.

Students who visited the HCF table at the Southern Heritage Classic on September 5, 2018, in Memphis, TN, are filling out applications to various HBCUs.

“This initiative that HCF takes a part of in implementing those necessary efforts is what our organization was established to accomplish,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. We thrive to go out and beyond our office as well as the Chicago area to make sure that individuals can be transformed and witness what the HBCU experience is all about. Outreach and telling the story is a key facto to attracting those to our nation jewels, our Historically Black Colleges.”

The Division of Recruitment was established to partner and assist with recruiting prospective students to HBCU and Predominately Black Institutions. Representatives mentor and assist students in choosing the right HBCU that fits their collegiate needs. The division also established their signature “College Bound-Guide Folders,” which provides information such as college tips, scholarship information, selective HBCU recruitment material – brochures and flyers, and career planning information.

“We look forward to another year of meeting students to encourage them to choose HBCU, which is our motto at HCF. We also hope to inspire, and meet members of our HBCU community as well as supporters who follow our organization advocacy work,” Demetrius continued. “This tour is meant to bring empowerment and awareness to our HBCUs, and to make sure that the name of our institutions are known to the unknown.”

See this year’s tour confirmed dates below. The dates are separated by football and college fairs.

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

You can make a donation to support HCF’s continued advocacy work and to aid those students, HBCU and PB institutions that are benefited through the organization via the website by clicking here or below:

View photos from last year’s HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour below.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces it 2019 HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition. The Royalty Dictionary recognizes campus leaders who serve the title of King, Queen and SGA President at an accredited Historically Black College and University or Predominately Black Institution.

For five years, the HBCU Royalty Dictionary Magazine and Competition is an initiative that recognizes newly elected campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography and a series of questions pertaining to their campus involvement, strengths, motivation, and upcoming plans during their reign or term. Induction into the magazine, candidates are voted by the public and the top finalist will appear in the dictionary class of the following year as well as the magazine publication.

All interest campus leaders can complete registration for the completion online or download a paper version application here. The registration period ends on Friday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. (Please note: SGA Presidents are allowed to enter the competition only if their institution do not hold a mister or miss position or whichever one comes first in replacement). Voting begins June 1, 2019 through July 4, 2019.

HCF welcomes and invites companies and organization to advertise in the 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 support@hbcucampaignfund.org. 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.

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 www.hbcucampaignfund.org/hbcuroyalty.

Ms. Essye B. Miller, ’85.

TALLADEGA, AL – Senior Executive Service Member/Cybersecurity Expert Ms. Essye B. Miller will deliver the address at Talladega College’s 144th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 9 a.m.

According to a press release from the University, Ms. Miller is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and currently serves as the Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer ( DoD CIO). In this capacity, she assists the DoD CIO as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Deference for Information Management / Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.

While serving as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Cybersecurity and the Department’s Senior Information Security Officer (SISO), Ms. Miller was appointed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense as the Acting Defense Chief Information Officer (December 8, 2017 – May 6, 2018). As the DCIO for Cybersecurity, Ms. Miller was responsible for ensuring that the DoD CIO has a well-defined and executed cybersecurity program, and coordinating cybersecurity standards, policies, and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners, and industry.

Ms. Miller began her career as an Information Technology Specialist at Gunter Air Force Base after graduating from Talladega College in 1985. She went on to serve in various leadership positions throughout the Air Force, including with the following units or offices: Air Force Communication and Information Center; Air Force Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Office at the Pentagon; Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base; the 75th Communications and Information Directorate; and Deputy CIO at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT.

Ms. Miller earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Troy State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a 2016 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in National and International Security Studies. Additionally, Ms. Miller is Acquisition Level III certified in Information Technology.

Ms. Miller was awarded the Presidential Rank Award as a meritorious recipient in 2018. This award is given to members of the Senior Executive Service for exceptional service over an extended period of time.

Ms. Miller was initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 1982. She is a Diamond Life member, active with the Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter in Northern Virginia.

About Talladega College

The oldest private Historically Black College in Alabama, Talladega College was founded in 1867 by two former slaves, Williams Savery and Thomas Tarrant. Talladege College is the home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from the New York Times during the three-year, eight-city tour. Visit www.talladega.edu, for more information.


JACKSONVILLE, FL – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, award-winning historian, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and 2016 National Book Award winner will deliver the Edward Waters College’s spring commencement address on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Bethel Baptist Church.

According to a press release by the University, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a University Professor of History and Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Florida A&M University, at 34 years old Dr. Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the National Book Award for non-fiction.

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will join us as our speaker for the Edward Waters spring commencement ceremony,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., President & CEO. “An award-winning historian and best-selling author, Dr. Kendia is a renowned self-professed hardcore humanist and a leading voice in our national discourse on racial reconciliation, social justice and humanity. His diverse perspectives and commentary on key issues affecting our lives will enrich and inspire our graduates as they embark to make a meaningful difference in their local communities and throughout the world.”

Consistent with the College’s mission of nurturing a rich intellectual community, earlier this academic year Edward Waters College (EWC) launched its inaugural Shared Common Reading Initiative which was developed as a way to challenge students, faculty, and staff to examine themselves and the local and global worlds they inhabit through reading. This year’s shared common reading text, Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America by Dr. Kendi, encourages integration of these ideas and perspective amongst all members of the Edward Waters College Community.

In 2019, Dr. Kendi was selected as John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. In addition, Dr. Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, and he is the author of the award-winning book on Black student activism in the lat 1960s and early 1970s, The Black Campus Movement. Kendi has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for several periodicals including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, The New York Times, New York Daily News , Time, Signature, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is currently working on his next book, How To Be An Antiracist, which will be published in 2019 by One World, a division of Penguin Random House.

“The entire Edward Waters College community is thrilled that Dr. Kendi will join us at this year’s Commencement, as we continue to work with great vigor and focus towards providing our students with a competitive higher educational experience that is Nulli Secundus – Second to None!” said President Faison.

About Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College (EWC), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools (SACS) and member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban college which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWC was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church – related institution of learning. It is the first private institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) announced the third cohort for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship program. The following outstanding freshmen and sophomores from Minority Serving Institutions, chosen for their academic achievement, communication skills, and service to others, will participate in a four-week experiential education program at CIEE”s London Global Institute this summer:

  • Jessica Allen, City College of San Francisco
  • Jibril Bing, CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College
  • Alisa Fowler, Paul Quinn College
  • John Francois, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jasmine Garcia, California State University, Fullerton
  • Daniela Quinones, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Henry Seyue, Benedict College
  • Hali Smith, Clark Atlanta University
  • Briya (Malia) Todd, Spelman College
  • Frederick Uy, Claflin University

Five of those students selected are from Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Paul Quinn College, Spelman College, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, and Benedict College.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is a part of a three-year strategic partnership between CIEE and CMSI, designed to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Each year, the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, named in honor of Frederick Douglass, the renowned African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman, covers all program fees and travel cost for 10 outstanding MSI students to participate in an intensive summer study abroad program focused on leadership and intercultural communication.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellows were nominated by their college leadership and selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants in a national competition. When they return to their campuses after studying abroad, they will use their experiences to motivate other underrepresented students to pursue similar study abroad opportunities.

”We are thrilled with the number, quality, and diversity of applications we received this year,” said Marybeth Gasman, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education and Director of CMSI. ”We had students from many different backgrounds and academic majors apply for the program, and all types of MSIs were represented, including Asian American Native Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).

“The students selected for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship are ten exemplary student leaders who demonstrate the iconic leadership, keen intellect, and natural change-agent attributes of Frederick Douglass,” said James P. Pellow, President and CEO of CIEE. “These students will be the next generation of leaders and I know that the intercultural competence and global perspective they will gain during the London program will benefit them throughout their lives.”

To learn more about the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship and sign up to be notified when applications open for 2020 Fellowship, visit www.ciee.org/fdgf.

Learn more about the 2019 Frederick Douglass Fellow here


About the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. The Center’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. For further information about the Center, please visit www.gse.upenn.edu/cmsi.
About CIEE
CIEE, the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, transforms lives and builds bridges by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. To help people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, CIEE sponsors a wide variety of opportunities for cultural exchange, including work exchange programs, teach abroad programs, and a worldwide portfolio of study abroad and internship programs for college and high school students. Visit www.ciee.org.

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The dynamics of higher education in America today are driving the demand for a new set of skills and capabilities for tomorrow’s leaders. Historically Black Colleges and Universities provides a quality education to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. These institutions of such also serves a diverse population while playing the role as the backbone of education for more than 140 years.

As President and CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization, a supportive non-profit group for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, leadership plays a substantial role in the operation of an institution. This second 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 chancellors and presidents of HBCU’s who are dominant influential leaders and currently displaying the following responsibilities in leadership in the progress of moving their institutions forward.

10. Dr. Christoper J. Hall – Interim President of Denmark Technical College – Denmark, SC

Dr. Christopher J. Hall currently serves as the Interim President of Denmark Technical College, located in Denmark, South Carolina. Most recently, he was the Dean of Business and Public Service at Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, South Carolina. He served as the Academic Program Manager and Instructor for the Criminal Justice Technology Program for a little over thirteen years. In addition to his work at Central Carolina, he serves as a Reserve Deputy with Richland County Sheriff’s Department and is a Sergeant in the Provost Marhsal’s Command of the South Carolina State Guard. Prior to teaching for Central Carolina, Hall taught at Denmark Technical College and he previously served as a corrections officer and training resource officer for the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Dr. Hall recently completed a Doctor of Management in Community College Policy and Administration Degree at University of Maryland University College. He holds a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Hall was selected as the 2014 Governor’s Professor of the Year for Two-Year Colleges. A recipient of the 2013 E.C. “Red” Kneece Instructional Excellence Award presented by the Central Carolina Foundation and the 2004 Central Carolina’s Educator of the Year, Hall is a dynamic and outstanding master teacher who continually renews himself and his instruction, materials, and delivery methods to remain current and effective.

Dr. Hall is currently conducting additional research on persistence and retention at community colleges, improving student success, community college leadership and administration, and improving the quality of higher education

9. Dr. Aminta H. Breaux – President of Bowie State University – Bowie, MD

Dr. Aminta H. Breaux brings more than 30 years of diverse higher education leadership experience to her position as the 10th president of Bowie State University. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a passion for ensuring student development and success. She is dedicated to building on the legacy and rich history of Maryland’s oldest historically black university.

Before joining Bowie State University in July 2017, Dr. Breaux served as vice president for advancement for Millersville University, where she oversaw fundraising, alumni engagement, event management, and external relations. Before that, she was vice president for student affairs at Millersville University, leading several student-centered areas, including athletics, counseling services, health services, the women’s wellness center, Greek life, campus recreation, university police, student programs, housing and residential programs, judicial affairs, and financial aid

Previously, she was dean of students at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, known as the country’s first college of pharmacy. At Drexel University, she served as assistant provost, overseeing experiential and service-learning programs, and as director of co-operative education and career services. She got her start in higher education as a career counselor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Breaux holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University, a master’s degree in psychological services in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Temple University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Executive Management and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Institute.

8. Dr. Laurence B. Alexander – Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff – Pine Bluff, AR

Dr. Laurance B. Alexander is the ninth Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Before joining UAPB in 2013, he served as the Associate Dean of the University of Florida (UF) Graduate School, Director of the Office of Graduate Minority Programs, a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and a Professor in the Department of Journalism.

Dr. Alexander has held several administrative positions throughout his career. he served as Chair of the UF Department of Journalism, Provost Administrative Fellow in the UF Office of Academic Affairs. He was a Fellow in the 2012-2013 Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium’s Academic Leadership Development Program (SECAC/ALDP).

A native of New Orleans, Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in Drama and Communications from University of New Orleans, master’s degree in Journalism and Communications from UF, Juris Doctor from Tulane University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.

As a Professor, Alexander taught more than 10,000 students. He has received significant awards, honors and recognition for his research and undergraduate teaching. He was named the 12th UF Distinguished Alumni Professor, a UF Distinguished Teaching Scholar and member of the UF Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, a UF Research Foundation Professor, and he received the Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award. Moreover, his national honors and awards include the Florida Education Fund President’s Award, the Freedom Forum Teacher of the Year Award, and the Baskett Mosse Award, given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and the accrediting council.

7. Dr. Lester A. McCorn – President of Clinton College – Rock Hill, SC

Named as the 13th President of Clinton College on August 15, 2018, Dr. Lester A. McCorn has been the acting president for the past year and has more than three decades of leadership experience. He joins Clinton College after serving as the senior pastor at Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore, Maryland from 2008 to 2017.

For several years, Dr. Lester A. McCorn served as an adjunct professor/mentor of doctoral students at United Seminary. He is the author of “Standing on Holy Common Ground: An Africentric Ministry Approach to Prophetic Community Engagement.” He also served as Vice President of Urban Development of the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.

Dr. McCorn attended Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School and Chicago Theological Seminary. He holds the Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Ethical and Creative Leadership with a concentration in Martin Luther King Jr. Studies and Social Change, at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. McCorn is the former Director of Young Adult Ministries for the A.M.E. Zion denomination. He served as the President of the Zion Development Corporation, Inc. and the Zion M.A.D.E. Institute. He is also a principal of Community Churches for Community Development, Incorporated, headquartered in Baltimore. Pastor McCorn is the spiritual father to over 30 sons and daughters in ministry, some of whom are active pastors.

Dr. McCorn has received many awards and honors. He was a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program (which included CNN host Van Jones and NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill) and Leadership Greater Chicago. He was served on the Boards of the United Way, Urban League and as chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force of the Illinois Conference of Churches. he is an inductee of the distinguished Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. He is proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., initiated at Morehouse College (Alpha Rho Chapter) in 1986.

6. Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr. – President of Jackson State University – Jackson, MS

Dr. William B. Bynum, Jr., a higher education professional with more than 27 years of experience, was unanimously selected to be the 11th president of Jackson State University by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board on May 31, 2017. Before joining the Jackson State University family, Bynum served four years as president of Mississippi Valley State University.

Prior of his appointment at MVSU, Bynum served as the vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services at Morehouse College from 2009-2013, where he was mentored by Morehouse’s 10th president Dr. Robert Michael Franklin. While serving at Morehouse, Bynum significantly enhanced student-administration relations and improved the efficiency and effectiveness of student services. He also started, envisioned and let the initiative which established the Parents Council and implemented the nationally acclaimed Morehouse “Appropriate Attire Policy.

Before joining the administrative leadership team at Morehouse, Bynum served as the vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management from 2000 – 2009 at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. During his nine years of service, he was successful in nearly doubling Lincoln’s enrollment and recruited the four largest new student classes in the University’s 150-year history. Before LU, Bynum served as the associate vice president and dean of students at Clark Atlanta University from 1993-2000, and he was the second person in the division that recruited the four largest classes in the then 125-year history of CAU.

In addition to his enrollment management and student affairs work, Bynum has lectured and/or taught as well. He served as Covington Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Davidson, and at Morehouse he was an adjunct professor in the leadership studies program and Department of Sociology. Bynum’s other professional experience includes research and teaching positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, Duke University and Durham and Edgecombe Community Colleges. He started his educational career as a teacher, football and wrestling coach in the Rocky Mount City School System 1984 to 1987 and the DeKalb County Georgia School System in 1987 to 1988

A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Bynum earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Davidson College while on a student-athlete scholarship. He was subsequently licensed and certified to teach social studies and math in North Carolina and Georgia. Bynum went on to earn his master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University while serving as a Duke Endowment Fellow. He was also a member of the inaugural class of the National Association for Equal Opportunity-Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program.

5. Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr. – President of Philander Smith College – Little Rock, AR

Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr. was named the 14th president of Philander Smith College on October 1, 2014 and officially began his tenure on January 5, 2015. A dynamic scholar, transformative leader and forward-thinking visionary, Smothers is committed to building upon the institution’s strong and historic legacy, while advancing its mission to new levels of excellence.

Previously, Dr. Smothers served as vice president for institutional advancement at two historically black universities: Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, respectively, where he was responsible for university development and fundraising, sponsored programs, marketing and public relations, external affairs, community engagement and alumni affairs. As an accomplished fundraiser, he has worked extensively with individuals, non-profits organizations, corporations, and foundations along with federal, regional and state agencies, and holds a cumulative fundraising/grant writing record that exceeds $60 million.

As a higher education professional, he is also experienced in conducting scientific and applied research, facilitating date-driven, community-based interventions, and training educators aspiring to leadership roles in elementary and secondary school administration. His research agenda includes: the past, present and future of historically black colleges and universities; the transformation of toxic urban school districts, strengthening the secondary and post-secondary educational pipelines for African-American males, effective mentoring programs, the access dilemma in higher education for minority students, and the effectiveness of state merit-based tuition programs.

A native of Vidalia, Louisiana, Smothers earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in public administration (with a concentration in higher education administration), and a doctoral degree in educational leadership, research and counseling, all from LSU. He also holds a certification in fundraising management from The Fund Raising School at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Initiative. Additionally, he has served as a U.S. Air Force reservist with active-duty time spent during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Smothers has held membership in several professional organizations, including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), American Association of Governing Boards (AGB), Research Association for Minority Professor (RAMP) and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

4. Richard J. Gallot, Jr. – President of Grambling State University – Grambling, LA

The University of Louisiana System (ULS) Boar of Supervisors announced in 2016 that the tenth President of Grambling State University will be Richard J. Gallot, Jr., former Louisiana state senator, and state representative.

From 2000 to 2012, Gallot held the District 11 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He served three terms in the house before winning his first term in the senate in 2011. Gallot did not seek re-election in the October 24, 2015, election.

Gallot is a 1987 graduate of Grambling State University where he received a bachelor of arts in Arts and History. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern University in 1990.

Gallot is a member of the Gamma Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

3. Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr. – Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University – Greensboro , NC

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr. was elected the 12th chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University on May 22, 2009, and formally begin his tenure on June 8, 2009. Dr. Martin brought more than 30 years of transformative leadership experience in higher education to the role. He is the first alumnus to serve as the university’s chief executive.

Under Dr. Martin’s leadership, NCAT has become one of the nation’s top producers of African-American graduates in engineering, mathematics, statistics, agriculture, journalism, visual and performing arts, marketing and physical sciences. In 2015, the university earned the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. During Martin’s tenure, it has also grown its statewide economic impact to more than $1 billion and its regional economic impact to more than $700 million.

Before his election as chancellor of A&T, Martin served as senior vice president for academic affairs for the UNC system. He also served as the 11th chief administrator and seventh chancellor of Winston-Salem State University and in a number of administrative posts at A&T including vice chancellor for the Division of Academic Affairs, dean of the College of Engineering and chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

A proponent of community engagement, Martin lends himself to service on various boards including the American Council on Education, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Review Advisory Board, Research Triangle Institute, Piedmont Triad Regional Development Council, National Collegiate Athletic Association Limited-Resource Institutions Advisory Group.

The Winston-Salem, N.C., native received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from A&T and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering form Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

2. Dr. Colette P. Burnette – President of Huston-Tillotson University – Austin, TX

Ranking as the first female president and CEO in the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only historically black college and university (HBCU). Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette has proven to be a successful leader. Dr. Burnetter has been named an Innovator by the New Leaders Council – Austin Chapter, an Austin Fab Five by the Seeding Foundation, and a Top 25 Woman in the nation in Higher Education by a leading higher education magazine, DIVERSE.

At Huston-Tillotson, she created a set of principles called IDEAL (Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership) to guide all things and people of Huston-Tillotson, from operation to students to faculty and staff. Dr. Burnette inspires over 1100 students and 100 faculty and staff members.

Before becoming a university president, Dr. Burnette was a successful engineer with widely-known organizations. From being a computer analyst for The Washington Post to an operations support engineer for Proctor and Gamble, from Director of Information Systems at Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation to Manager of Counseling and Project Management Services at the Washington State Department of Transportation, and ultimately, running her own computer consulting firm, it is no surprise that her alma mater, the Ohio State University named her Outstanding Engineering Alumnus.

For someone of Dr. Burnette’s caliber and with her breadth of knowledge, many boards want her membership. A few of her current local board memberships include the Mayor of Austin’s taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Greater Austin Black and Austin Area Chamber of Commerce. Nationally, she serves on The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering Advisory Committee and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church Board.

Dr. Burnette is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, and Texnikoi Engineering Honorary.

1.Dr. Michael J. Sorrell – President of Paul Quin College – Dallas, TX

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 146-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his almost 12 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become something unique – a small, private minority-serving institution that by focusing on the most persistent, prevalent, and pressing problems of society, is remaking higher education and becoming a movement.

Among Paul Quinn’s numerous accomplishments during President Sorrell’s tenure are the following: winning the HBCU of the Year, the HBCU Student Government Association of the Year, and the HBCU Business Program of the Year awards; achieving recognition as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, creating the New Urban College Model; demolishing 15 abandoned campus buildings; partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the WE over Me Farm; achieving full-accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS); creating the College’s first faculty-led study abroad program; and rewriting all institutional fundraising records.

Dr. Sorrell received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction). While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association. Michael was a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University. He graduate from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government.

Dr. Sorrell serves as a trustee or director for Duke University’s School of Law, the Graduate School of Education and the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, Amegy Bank, Dallas Advisory Board of Teach for America, the Dallas Foundation, the Holdsworth Center for Educational Leadership, and EarthX.

Dr. Sorrell is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

The American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced on Friday (March 16) that Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will take a hiatus in 2019 and will return in 2020.

In a release statement from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda congratulates Atlanta – HBOB’s home since the program’s inception on being selected as the host city for Super Bowl LIII. Due to the timing of and preparation required for the big game, HBOB is unable to be host in Atlanta next year.

Since 2003, HBOB has provided top marching bands from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) an opportunity to deliver dynamic performances on a national stage. While the HBOB Invitational Showcase will be postponed until 2020, Honda remains steadfast in their commitment to the HBCU community. Honda will continue its HBOB grant program in 2019 to support HBCU music education programs and will share details in the coming months. Honda will also continue to recognize an extraordinary individual making a positive impact in the HBCU community with their annual Power of Dreams Award.

Honda believes that HBCUs play a unique and critical role in providing higher education and opportunities for advancement to the African-American community. Through initiatives like HBOB and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), will have been able to reach more than 170,000 students and award over $12 million in grants to HBCUs since 1989. These initiatives have also enabled us to provided an unforgettable experience and fantastic chance for students to create memories that will last a lifetime, including meeting and networking with their peers from different schools.

For more information about the hiatus and HBOB, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com.