Dr. George T. French Jr., Ph.D., 5th President of Clark Atlanta University.

(ATLANTA, GA) – George T. French Jr., Ph.D., the 5th President of Clark Atlanta University (CAU), is recognized as one of Atlanta’s 500 most powerful and influential leaders by Atlanta Magazine.

French was named President of CAU, the largest United Negro College Fund Institution, in 2019. Since taking the helm, he has continued his extraordinary work as a leader and influencer in higher education and policy. Under French’s leadership, Clark Atlanta University received the largest unrestricted donation in the university’s history from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, totaling $15 million and has received $6.6 million in financial support from the CARES Act. In 2020, French was named one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders recipients by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

“I am honored to be recognized by Atlanta Magazine along with so many outstanding and accomplished colleagues in the higher education category,” said President French. “The development of our youth, particularly students in the African-American community, has always been my passion. it is my calling to nurture, grow, develop and create game-changing opportunities for students who attend Clark Atlanta University and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. To be recognized for doing something that has a positive impact for the greater good of our society and communities is truly heartwarming.”

According to a press release by the University, French led and continues to lead the institution in the COVID-19 pandemic which required CAU faculty to quickly and successfully transition from on-ground learning to remote learning in the early stages of the global health crisis. His passion for students and their success led to the university purchasing 4,000 laptops from Dell Computers for every financially enrolled CAU undergraduate and graduate student to ensure they were equipped with the resources needed to make the transition to on-line learning during the pandemic.

French also serves as a Chair of the Atlanta University Council of Presidents and chairs the Council of Presidents of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He is the secretary of member presidents and chair of accreditation for UNCF and vice-chair of the board of directors for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. French is the co-found of the Higher Education Leader Foundation, and he serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

Atlanta Magazine distributes an annual list of 500 distinguished leaders from nomination it receives from the public, through social media to identify people who are unsung visionaries. The magazine’s extensive selection process involves consulting experts across different sectors as well.

View the full list of Atlanta’s 500 Most Powerful Leaders here.


About Clark Atlanta University
Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African-American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. it is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. For more information, visit www.cau.edu.

ATLANTA, GA – The Board of Trustees of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today accepted the resignation of President Ronald A. Johnson, effective December 7, 2018. A national search for the fifth president of CAU will begin immediately, according to a press release by the university.

Lucille H. Maugé has been appointed chief operating officer. Maugé will serve as acting president after Dr. Johnson’s departure until a new president is elected by the board.

“We are deeply grateful to President Johnson for his service to our university. He made many contributions to the university during his tenure, the most recent being the improvement in the academic quality of admitted students and development of a new strategic plan,” said Gregory Morrison, Chair of CAU’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Johnson departs with an appreciation of the board, faculty, staff, student body and alumni.”

“It has been a great honor to serve as president of CAU,” said President Johnson. “Through determined focus and perseverance, we were able to make significant progress on our journey together to strengthen the long-term health and sustainability CAU; raise the visibility and overall awareness of our great institution, and clarify the vision of the future. I thank our exceptional faculty, staff, and alumni for their creativity, hard work and dedication to the success of our students and support of our great university. Most of all I would like to thank our students. You are the heart, and soul of CAU and I am humbled to have the opportunity to work with so many determined, energetic and innovative young people of promise.”

Dr. Johnson was named CAU President in July 2015. Prior to joining Clark Atlanta University President Johnson was the dean of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. He also served as dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He previously taught and developed innovative curriculum at Florida A&M University, Northeastern University, and Howard University. He is an accomplished researcher and has developed expertise in the design of learning-focused business curriculums.

[Photo creds: Demetrius Johnson, Jr., – HBCU Campaign Fund]
ATLANTA, GA – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) received a $20,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.

According to a press release by the university, for the fifth consecutive year CAU has been selected as a university partner for this vital program. The fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement.

CAU hosted 25 students from 18 African countries. Their activities included a hands-on learning day at the UPS headquarters in Atlanta. Additionally, they experienced site visits to other Atlanta anchor companies, including IBM, The Coca-Cola Company and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. They also exercised their philanthropic muscles with community service opportunities with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trees Atlanta and MedShare International.

“We are honored to receive this vital donation from The UPS Foundation,” Mesfin Bezuneh, program director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for CAU “Funding is a critical component for us to be able to continue this important initiative. We are immensely grateful for UPS’s generosity.”

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Young African Leaders Initiative’s efforts to engage rising African leaders,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”


Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State a conversation at #YALl2018. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute at CAU, please contact Mesfin Bezuneh at mbezuneh@cau.edu or 404-880-6274.


ATLANTA, GA – Clark Atlanta University (CAU) hosts the first HBCU Regional Institute on Digital Learning on July 15-18. This major regional convening of chief academic officers, faculty, and career pathway initiative directors from more than 30 HBCUs focuses on using digital and adaptive learning solutions and platforms to improve student learning and success.

According to a press release from the university, the goal of the HBCU Regional Institute on Digital Learning is to accelerate student learning, retention, and degree completion at the selected HBCUs through the redesign of courses and learning experiences. With support from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), Clark Atlanta University, as the lead institution, has arranged for national thought leaders and digital learning experts to provide a series of dynamic sessions over the three days of the convening.

Participating HBCU leaders and faculty will also engage in planning sessions that will enable them to apply the new knowledge and understanding of digital and adaptive learning within a structured learning environment in ways that will further advance their students’ success. Adaptive learning is an education technology that can respond to a students’ interactions in real-time by automatically providing the student with individual support.

For more information about the HBCU Regional Institute on Digital Learning, visit www.cau.edu.

CHICAGO, IL – Join the Chicago Football Classic Scholarship Fund, Inc. in partnership with City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public schools as they co-sponsor a college fair featuring recruiters from over 25 HBCU’s and local colleges and universities. The students will be able to speak with representatives about admissions, financial aid (including the City of Colleges of Chicago Star Scholarship), testing, majors and more. The college fair will also feature a financial planning seminar presented by BMO Harris Bank.

The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization and its Division of Recruitment is proud to join the Chicago Football Classic as a support service for the college fair in assisting students to choosing HBCU.

The CFC HBCU College Fair and Empowerment Summit takes place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Soldier Field following by the football classic showdown with the Grambling State Tigers facing the Clark Atlanta Panthers with kick-off at 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the fair is free and you can sign-up your student(s) here. For other information regarding this year’s Chicago Football Classic and tickets, visit their website at www.chicagofootballclassic.biz.

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Football Classic proudly announce this year’s teams. The classic is celebrating a major milestone of 20 years in the making, the Chicago Football Classic features a “not to be missed” game between Grambling State University Tigers and the Clark Atlanta University Panthers, Saturday, September 30th at 3:30 p.m. at Soldier Field.

“The Chicago Football Classic is exited to announce this exciting game that everyone wants to see, and we are proud to bring it to Chicago,” said Larry Huggins, Co-Founder of the Chicago Football Classic.

According to The Chicago Citizen, this year’s Classic will be a destination event showcasing not only series of events including the President’s Reception, Golf Tournament, Pep Rally, HBCU College Fair and Empowerment Summit, Battle of the Bands and of course, the highly-anticipated game, but some exciting surprises as well. Plans are underway to make this the “must attend” Classic of all time.

“This signature event demonstrates the commitment that the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District have towards the Chicago Football Classic, and the experience that is provided to the families Chicago,” says Tim Rand, Co-Founder of the Chicago Football Classic.

The Chicago Football Classic is excited to have the opportunity to host this game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Clark Atlanta University Panthers. The tradition and the rivalry that these teams bring, highlights two strong (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) HBCUs for students and their families to see in Chicago.

“We remain committed to bring not only a spirited game to Chicago, but give our youth an educational experience, promoting the importance of getting a good education and furthering their academic aspirations.” says Everett Rand, Co-Founder.

For more information, visit the Chicago Football Classic website at www.chicagofootballclassic.biz or by calling 773-874-8000.