Colby College has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. These individuals will bring to the board their unique expertise and perspectives in education, management, and national affairs, bolstering the College’s commitment to deliver a world-class education to an ever-more diverse student body and equip graduates with the deep skills necessary to have a profound impact on the world.

Joining the board as corporate trustees are Brenda Allen, president of Lincoln University; Eric DeCosta ’93, executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens; and Amy Walters ’91, Litt.D. ’17 national editor of The Cook Political Report. They will each serve a four-year term.

Brenda A. Allen, Ph.D., 14th President of Lincoln University.

Brenda A. Allen is the 14th president of Lincoln University in Pennslyvania, the country’s first-degree granting historically black college and university (HBCU) institution. A respected leader, effective administrator, and successful fundraiser, Allen is implementing a strategic plan at Lincoln to cement the university’s place among outstanding liberal arts institutions. Her priorities include enhancing academic quality and improving operational effectiveness. Prior to joining Lincoln in 2017, she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University. Previously, she was associate provost and director of institutional diversity at Brown University, raising nearly $15 million to support diversity goals and leading efforts that culminated in 36-percent and 45-percent increases in the number of women and minority faculty members, respectively. Earlier, at Smith College, she held administrative positions, rose through the ranks to full professor, and chaired the African American Studies Program.

Allen has been named one of Philadelphia’s most influential African American leaders by the Philadelphia Tribune, and just last month, one of the ten most dominant HBCU leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Lincoln University and an M.S. in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Howard University.

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About Colby College
Chartered in 1813, when Maine was still part of Massachusetts, Colby is the 12th oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Since its founding the College has pioneered several important initiatives in higher education. For more information, visit

About Lincoln University
Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. For more information, visit

Dr. Lisa Long, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Talladega College.

TALLADEGA, AL – Talladega College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Long was elected to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees the association’s annual meeting in Houston, TX in December 2019. Dr. Long will serve as a member of the Alabama Delegation of the Board of Trustees. She was nominated to this position by Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins.

SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

In 2019, Talladega’s SACSCOC accreditation was reaffirmed for the next 10 years, and for the first time in the history of the College, Talladega was accredited to teach at the master’s degree level. The College offers a 100% online master of science in computer information systems. In January 2020, the College also launched Weekend College. Weekend College is one several Talladega College initiatives to make courses more convenient for students whose work obligations may prevent them from attending classes during the week.

Talladega also offers a 100% online FaskTrack program, which allows adult students to earn a bachelor’s degree in business/organizational management, business management, criminal justice, psychology or computer information systems 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, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant. Talladega College is the home of the renowned Hale Woodruff Amistad Murals, which received rave reviews from the New York Times during a three year, eight-city tour. For more information, visit


LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Baptist College, a private historically black college, recently announced new leadership changes in works to rebuild its finances and enrollment

According to THV11, Little Rock lawyer Richard Mays was elected as the chair of the Board of Trustees and Regina Favors was appointed as Interim President of the College.

Judge Mays, who has a long and distinguished legal, judicial and business career has served on the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Baptist College for nearly 10 years. He succeeds Dr. Harris, who completed his term of service to the board as chairman.

Mrs. Regina Favors is a graduate of Arkansas Baptist College. Her parents are graduates as well, her father, the late Dr. W.O. Lindsey, served on the college’s board of trustees and her mother also volunteered as a college librarian. Favors is the former CEO of a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

“We are so pleased that Regina Favors is assuming the position of Interim President,” said Mays. “Mrs. Favors is extremely well suited for this important leadership role. Regina is a graduate of this institution who has had distinguished career as a senior business executive. No one could be more passionate about serving our students and this community. She is the right person, at the right time, to help us focus on preparing our students for a lifetime of achievement on their chosen careers.”

Prior to accepting the role of college president, Mrs. Favors served as President and CEO of Pinnacle Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. She had been with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas for 43 years. She previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Favors has functioned in several management roles during her tenure and had management oversight for the “effective operations and financial activities of Medicare Programs, including Medicare Part A and Part B in several states; private business and CHAMPUS.” Mrs. Favors has taught as an Adjunct Professor with her alma mater from 1986 to 2004, extending educational opportunities and careers to student of Arkansas Baptist College. She also taught at Philander Smith College, and Webster University.

“The greatest challenge we have before us is rising up to meet the needs of our community by being true to our founding mission. If we do that, and do it well, we will resolve our current challenges and continue to have a positive impact on the lives of generations to come,” Favor said. “I am humbled and enthusiastic about the opportunity to put my lifetime of experience to work for the College I love. I am confident that we will quickly return the College to its original mission and the sound financial standing we had previously enjoyed and worked so hard to attain.”

Mrs. Favors served on the Arkansas Baptist College’s Board of Trustees and has served on 32 other boards, including the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Foundation, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas Coordinating Council, the Quorum Court of the Pulaski County Public Facilities Board and Achieving Leadership Institute in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and was a member of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Arkansas Lung Association Board of Directors where she received a national military guard award for her philanthropist work. Mrs. Favors received the Trailblazer 2011 Powerful Business Women Award and was featured in the AY About You Magazine.

Mrs. Favors hold a bachelor of science degree from Arkansas Baptist College. She earned her master’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University with a focus in education. She completed the Duke University Executive Program and is a certified health insurance executive. She has numerous certifications from professional organizations. Mrs. Favors is a member of the Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

Favors succeeds Howard Gibson who served as interim president after former president Dr. Joseph Jones departure from the College in December. Former president, Dr. Fitz Hill, has pledged his full support to Mrs. Favors, and continues to serves at the college as Director of the Scott Ford Center and Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation.

“Under Dr. Fitz Hill’s ten-year tenure as president of Arkansas Baptist College, the college enjoyed an unprecedented period of progress in fulfilling our mission while also developing a model for financial stability. We were able to achieve these goals due to overwhelming community and business support,” said Mays. “Our goal is to send a strong message to all who have ever supported this institution that this board and all of those who serve the college are committed to renewing and enriching our relationships as we continue to work together to have a positive life-changing impact on those we serve and the community that support us.”


About Arkansas Baptist College

Arkansas Baptist College is an urban Historically Black College located in the historic Little Rock Central High District. It also neighbors the Wright Avenue District and the famous Paul Lawrence Dunbar Junior High School. The College is the only Baptist affiliated Historically Black College west of the Mississippi and has a student population close to one thousand from all across the United States. Founded in 1884 as the Minister’s Institute, the College continues to be supported by the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention. Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development and preparation for employment in a global community. For more information, visit

Dr. Brian L. Johnson

TUSKEGEE, AL – The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees has announced that President Dr. Brian L. Johnson will conclude his service as the university’s president on June 30, 2017. This coincides with the end date of his current annual contract.

“We appreciate Dr. Johnson’s service to Tuskegee University and wish him well in all his future endeavors. His enthusiastic leadership will continue to be an asset to him and his career,” said John E. Page, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Tuskegee University is well positioned for greater success because of the combined contributions of its senior leadership, gifted faculty, hardworking staff, accomplished students, and committed alumni and friends.”

According to Diverse Education, Dr. Johnson’s ending of contract comes in conclude of several trustee members were angry to learn that Johnson interviewed for the chancellor position at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), located in his hometown of Durham, N.C. He is reportedly a finalist for the job.

During Dr. Johnson’s tenure, Tuskegee University had made strides in accomplishing many of its strategic goals. Chief among those achievements is the adoption of a five-year strategic plan; additional student engagement and leadership opportunities; and advances in expanding academic offerings.

Dr. Charlotte Morris

The board has appointed Dr. Charlotte Morris to serve as interim president beginning July 1 and until a successor is selected through a national search to begin later this summer. An experienced higher education leader with three decades of distinguished university service, Dr. Morris has served most recently as interim dean of the university’s Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science and professor of management.

Her academic leadership and previous service as interim president following the retirement of President Benjamin Payton has earned her the respect of the board, faculty, staff, alumni and university partners. Joseph Grasso, a senior trustee, offered strong support for Dr. Morris’ leadership abilities.

Her academic leadership and previous service as interim president following the retirement of President Benjamin Payton has earned her the respect of the board, faculty, staff, alumni and university partners. Joseph Grasso, a senior trustee, offered strong support for Dr. Morris’ leadership abilities.

“I am honored by the Board of Trustee’s request to serve Tuskegee University as its interim president,” Dr. Morris said. “Thanks to the dedication and tenacity of our incredible faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, we will continue to bull on the “Tuskegee Tradition.” I am as committed as ever to advancing our focus on students through excellence in academics, research, service and outreach.”

Together, the Board of Trustees and the Tuskegee University leadership remain focused on advancing the university’s existing strategic plan, which includes creating a student-centered culture, integrating modern academic approaches, managing resources effectively, increasing enrollment, and expanding private philanthropy.

“My fellow trustees and I look forward to working with Dr. Morris and the university’s leadership in continuing to sustain our achievements and meet our goals, Page said.

In the coming weeks, the board will announce the selection of a search committee that will be tasked with identifying potential presidential candidates.



About Tuskegee University

Located in Tuskegee, Ala., Tuskegee University is a private and state-related land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington and is one of 107 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationally and the fourth-ranked HBCU nationally by U.S. News and World Report. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit

WILBERFORCE, OH – Wilberforce University, the oldest private historically black college and university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, has announced new appointments to their Board of Trustees. The 21st President Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., announced Thursday (January 12) via his Instagram.

“These appointments support a continued renewal of the Wilberforce commitment of excellence to its constituency that has been dubbed “The Wilberforce Renaissance”, I am proud to be a part of this exciting new era.” said Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Meet the appointees:








“This outstanding cadre of professionals demonstrates that indeed the renaissance at Wilberforce is underway. We are pleased and excited to have each of these extraordinary individuals, the multitude of experience they bring in the private and public sector, as well as their involvement in board governance at some of the nation’s premiere universities.” said Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., 21st President of Wilberforce University.

These appointments come six months after Dr. Felton Jr., was named the new president of Wilberforce. Dr. Felton previously served as senior vice president, COO and vice president of institutional advancement at Livingstone College and well as holding employment at Murray State University. He has specialized in strategic planning, fundraising, and administration while overseeing day-to-day operations for the college.

HCF joins Mr. Wilson, Dr. Felton Jr., and the Wilberforce University community in welcoming these five superior individuals to WU’s Board of Trustees and we are excited and look forward to seeing great progress in the new era of ‘The Wilberforce Renaissance.”

For more information about Wilberforce University, visit


Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President of Alabama State University.

MONTGOMERY, AL – Just one week after Jackson State University’s President Dr. Carolyn Meyers release her resignation, another female president is gone from the HBCU scene. The Alabama State University Board of Trustees has voted 8-6 in removing Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd from president at ASU.

According to a source, the removal came about Friday during a meeting in placing Boyd on administrative leave. At the beginning of the meeting trustee Herbert Young moved to add a new item to the agenda, which was to place Boyd on administrative leave.

“It was disappointing, very disappointing,” Boyd said about her removal. “It definitely caught me off guard. It’s not good for the university, but they are the board, and they get to make that decision.”

A post-determination hearing will be held Nov. 14, with a statement of charges to be provided to Boyd no later than Monday. She has been charged with failure to maintain the confidence of the board.

Young also proposed to authorize attorney Dorman Walker of the Balch and Bingham law firm to draw up the charge against Boyd. The Board approved.

Provost Leon Wilson has been appointed to serve as interim president until the board finds a replacement for Boyd. Wilson told the Advertiser that he “heard rumblings” prior to the meeting on Friday that Boyd would be removed.

The university has since released this statement from Wilson:

“At this time, it is important that the Alabama State University family remains focused on our top priority and greatest treasure, which is our students. We will continue our educational agenda, and I, along with our leadership team, faculty and staff, will serve our students to the best of our ability. The most important thing for the University right now is to maintain its stability. I ask that the community keep me and our University in its prayers.” – Interim President Leon C. Wilson.

The board was originally scheduled to discuss the university’s budget and university-wide furloughs.

University staff members said Boyd called a meeting on Wednesday with everyone employed by ASU to announce the furloughs. She announced at the meeting that there were to be 12 furloughs throughout the year for all employees, meaning once a month the employees wouldn’t come to work and wouldn’t be paid for that day.

Though Boyd’s tenure saw accreditation warnings, credit drops, dips in enrollment and a $24 million budget crisis, the university was in turmoil before unanimously voting to hire her in January 2014.

In November 2012 allegations of improper contracts at the school triggered a forensic investigation. Forensic Strategic Solutions, the firm that handled the investigation, turned over its findings to Attorney General Luther Strange’s office, ultimately leading to a state and federal grand jury to examine those findings. No criminal fraud activity was found as a result of the investigations.