Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity, that invites people to give back to causes that matter to them.

Thank you for all of the ways that you’ve supported and advocated for the HBCU Campaign Fund – we couldn’t achieve our impact without you. Your gifts make such a life-changing investment to the mission and purpose of our organization, and with your continued generosity it will allow us to take our mission even further.


We invite you to support by helping our organization reach our fundraising goal of $25,000 by midnight with a donation.

We thank you for your continued support of our mission!

Pictured: Shelton State Community College President Chris Cox and Miles College President Bobbie Knight signed a articulation agreement of partnership to create scholarship opportunities and pathway to earning bachelor’s degree between the two colleges on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

ALABAMA – Shelton State Community College and Miles College have partnered to create scholarship opportunities and a pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree. The institution’s leaders signed a articulation agreement during a ceremony Wednesday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m. at Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus.

There are four components to the agreement including a collaborative and seamless transfer process, scholarship eligibility, reverse transfer credit, and student services.

“We are proud to partner with Miles College, a fellow HBCU, to increase opportunities for Shelton State students,said Chris Cox, Ph.D., Shelton State Community College President. “This agreement provides access to a world-class institution and helps further our goal of educating Alabama’s future workforce.”


Shelton State students will be considered for admission to Miles College after earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science with up to a maximum of 64 semester hours transferring. Additionally, Shelton State students will be required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

The new partnership will provide reciprocal privileges for use of Miles College’s Library Resource Center, College and Career Center, as well as admission to athletic events. There are also opportunities for advising from both Shelton State and Miles College.

“We are extremely please and happy to enter into this agreement. The partnership will provide a solid educational pathway for our next-generation leaders. Miles College students, faculty, and staff eagerly await the arrival of our Golden Bear students,” said Bobbie Knight, J.D., President of Miles College.

About Shelton State Community College
Shelton State Community College, an accredited, two-year institution in the Alabama Community College System, offers over 30 associate degrees in technical and health services programs. Shelton State, located in Tuscaloosa, is one of six Historically Black Community Colleges in Alabama and one of only 12 in the nation. For nearly 70 years, the College has educated students in West Alabama and is an institution where academic skills transfer to workplace skills through progressive partnerships with local industry. SSCC is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at the Division I level. The institution holds 29 NJCAA Region XXII Division I titles in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, 13 National Championships in competitive cheerleading, and seven recognitions as an Academic Team of the Year for softball. For more information about Shelton State, visit www.sheltonstate.edu.

About Miles College
Founded in 1898 Miles College is located in Fairfield, Alabama.  We are a private, liberal arts Historically Black College with roots in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  The College through dedicated faculty cultivates students to seek knowledge that leads to intellectual and civic empowerment.  Students are transformed through rigorous study, scholarly inquiry, and spiritual awareness, thereby enabling graduates to become responsible citizens who help shape the global society.  Miles College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). For more information about Miles College, visit www.miles.edu.

Pictured: Jackson State University football athletes holding onto the 2021 SWAC Football Championship trophy on December 4th at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Photo courtesy of HCF Media.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – General admission tickets for the 2022 Cricket SWAC Football Championship Presented by Pepsi went on sale Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

Jackson State University, the defending SWAC Champions and the SWAC’s Eastern Division Champions for the second straight consecutive year, will host the league’s championship game Saturday, Dec. 3 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium at 3:00 p.m. JSU’s opponent as Western Divisions Champion is still to be determined.

The Cricket SWAC Football Championship Presented by Pepsi coverage is part of HCF’s Annual Football and Recruitment Tour each year. The game is considered as the post coverage game for the tour.

Tickets and parking can be purchased online at gojsutigers.com/tickets and at The Vet Ticket Office from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

General public reserved tickets will go on sale Monday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m. Email jsuticketoffice@jsums.edu or call 601-354-6021 for more information.

Ticket Office Hours:
Nov. 15th – 18th and Nov. 21-22:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Nov. 23-25: Closed For Thanksgiving
Nov. 28-Dec. 2: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.

Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, and Tennis.

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball.
 
Follow the SWAC
For complete coverage of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, please follow the SWAC on social media at @TheSWAC (Twitter), @TheSWAC (Facebook), and @TheSWAC (Instagram) or visit the official home of the Southwestern Athletic Conference at www.swac.org.

ALBANY, GA Albany State University (ASU) has been awarded $2.9 million the Connecting Minority Communities Program federal grant from the United States Department of Commerce.

The Connecting Minority Communities Program will plan, develop, and expand the institution’s reach to online and distance learning globally. With a focus on broadband expansions, the program will enhance the educational instruction and learning opportunities offered at ASU.

“We are honored to be awarded the grant for the Connecting Minority Communities Program. This grant will address the growing demand of support needed for broadband connectivity in the Albany community while establishing a foundation for future distance learning at Albany State University,” said Marion Ross Fedrick, President of Albany State University. “This program aligns with our strategic plan that addresses opportunities for community partnership, ensures student access and success and creates the environment where both the community and our students can thrive.”

The program will expand on broadband access and allow ASU to purchase devices, educational software, internet access services, and other IT software and hardware for low-income students. “Broadband access is crucial to so many aspects of our everyday lives. The pandemic highlighted how important it is in order to keep our teachers and students connected, as well as how crucial it is to our economy,” said Congressman Bishop. “Albany State University is an educational cornerstone in Southwest Georgia. It can use this federal grant to improve its broadband infrastructure which will help ASU train the next generation of entrepreneurs and workers as well as serve as an informational hub connecting local officials, our regional industry sectors, and the community organizations that serve our residents.”

“ASU’s global expansion will provide students from Georgia and beyond an enhance Historically Black College and University (HBCU) experience, course credits and fully online degrees and certificates. “Our number one customers are our students, and Albany State plays a leading role as one of the state’s premier public HBCUs in making sure they can access the technology they need to succeed and contribute to Georgia’s workforce,” said Sonny Perdue, University System of Georgia Chancellor. “I’m proud of President Fedrick and her campus for leading this initiative and look forward to seeing them implement it as they continue to build and maintain strong community partnerships.”

The program will serve students from Albany, Georgia, the surrounding community, and the regional economy that are in recovery due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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Tomika LeGrande, who currently serves as Vice President for Strategy, Enrollment and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents named her as a sole finalist for President at Prairie View A&M University.

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, TX – The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents on Thursday (Nov. 10) named Tomikia P. LeGrande as the sole finalist to become the ninth President of Prairie View A&M University.

According to the University, after a nationwide search, Chancellor John Sharp recommended Dr. LeGrande as sole finalist and the Board approved. Under state law, the Board of Regents name a finalist for at least 21 days before making the appointment at a subsequent meeting.

Dr. LeGrande, who is currently Vice President for Strategy, Enrollment Management and Student Success at Virginia Commonwealth University, would not assume her duties at Prairie View A&M until the end of the 2022-23 school year.

She would succeed Dr. Ruth Simmons, who will become President Emerita and will hold a faculty appointment as University Professor, a position that will allow her to remain a campus figure raising money, expanding the national profile of the university and lecturing to another generation of students.

“Dr. LeGrande will provide great leadership for the Panthers for many years to come,” said Chancellor Sharp. “Her experience and leadership in enrollment management and student success is exactly what PVAMU needs at this juncture to build on the great work Ruth Simmons has provided these past five years. I’m excited by where PVAMU is headed.”

“I want to thank Chancellor Sharp and the Board of Regents for the opportunity to server as President of Prairie View A&M University. PVAMU has a strong legacy of transforming the lives of its students and contributing to the surrounding region and state of Texas, both educationally and economically. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and community as we honor and build upon the university’s powerful legacy and trajectory,” said LeGrande.

Dr. LeGrande, who has been a Virginia Commonwealth University since 2018, has experience in Texas. She served as an administrator for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown from 2012 to 2018. She also received a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

Prior to her duties in Houston, Dr. LeGrande worked at North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.

She received her bachelor’s in chemistry from Savannah State University and a master’s in chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University.

“I am so delighted to learn that the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents has named Dr. Tomikia LeGrande as the sole finalist for President at PVAMU. I commend Chancellor Sharp and the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents for making such a noble selection,” said HCF Founder, President & CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr. “Her experience and leadership throughout her years in the profession of higher education is impressive. I am confident she will continue to steel PVAMU for extraordinary greatness, in addition to the legendary Ruth Simmons. We at HCF send her our heartfelt congratulations and wish her the best in her role.”

In May, a 14-member committee was created to conduct a national search to find Dr. Simmons’ successor. The search was led by Bill Mahomes, Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, and Regent Elaine Mendoza.

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Friends and supporters are invited to provide their support to the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) in raising the necessary funds to further its continued mission supporting students and higher education by making a gift on #GivingTuesday, November 29. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).

HCF is pleased to join in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses individuals, communities, and organizations’ collective power to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The organization’s set fundraising goal is $25,000.

“HCF continues to grow and strengthen its advocacy mission to support students and higher education. Our organization works tirelessly, and we will continue to be among the leading orgs that inspire and transform the HBCU and PBI community and assist those students in need to achieve their educational aspirations successfully,” said HCF Founder, President & CEO Demetrius Johnson, Jr. “With our supporters’ help, the fight to Campaign For HBCUs will continue and ensure that HCF can complete its vital assignment that is very much understood. Our organization stands aside HBCUs and MSIs and supports their needs in providing quality education to many students from various backgrounds. Our fundraising goal will provide the leverage needed for our organization to strengthen our philanthropy abilities to overcome and continue supporting students and higher ed institutions. Thank you so much for your continued support!”

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, donors are encouraged to join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or speaking about why you support HCF as an HBCU supportive organization and using the campaign hashtag #HCFGivingDay. You can sign-up to volunteer as a Social Media Ambassador to provide HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign and share the #GivingTuesday social media post/flyers (pictured below) on social media.




For more information, donors are welcomed to visit the HCF’s Giving Tuesday campaign page. The organization has identified four scholarship funds and initiative programs that donors can assist with in reaching its goal to continue benefiting students and our partners.

  • Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour
  • The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • HBCU General Scholarship Fund
  • Campus Student Ambassador Program

Higher education can be the debt of students in accomplishing their educational goals. In order to fulfill our mission at HCF and make a difference, the campaign for students, HBCUs and MSIs is vital. We ask of your support and we hope that you choose HCF as your charity of choice on #GivingTuesday, November 29th!

About HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit educational organization that support the significance and raises funds for scholarship, initiative programming, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains a strong advocates for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

About GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundred of million people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.

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We hope that you will consider to contribute to our Challenge and help us in reaching our fund goal of $25,000 to fulfill our mission in supporting students and higher education.

Your gift today will help ensure HCF can continue hitting the ground running throughout 2022. We still have much important advocacy and programming work to do if we are going to help keep higher education evolving and the fight to #CampaignForHBCUs going.

Please make your generous year-end gift today. Your gift will have triple the impact for higher education and have HCF to provide scholarship in the coming years.

Thank you for your compassion — now and always!

With appreciation,

Demetrius Johnson Jr.
Founder, President & CEO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Class of 2023 is expected to be announced early January

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

Dear HCF Supporters,

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

This year, our goal is to reach $25,000 in necessary funding to continue our mission to provide scholarships and support higher education. Gifts donated during HCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will be used where needed most in support of students attending HBCUs and higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs).

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

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

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

  • Joining the #Unselfie movement by taking a selfie with reasons why you support HCF and tagging HCF on social media using #HCFGivingTuesday
  • Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about HCF, what does the organization mean to you and why do you support the organization
  • Make a gift by using Cash App: $CampaignForHBCUs
  • Or online at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate and contributing to one of the following: HCF HBCU General Scholarship, Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour, The Brenda G. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Campus Student Ambassador Program. You may designate where your donation goes, and 100% of it goes to the selected cause.

To get involved in supporting HCF before, on GivingTuesday, and after, you are encouraged to visit the HCF Giving Tuesday official page at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate/givingtuesday to learn more about how you can make a difference!

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HBCU alums help shape the lives of thousands of students and continue to be an asset to evolving historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). We at the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) are proud of their successes and love celebrating their wins. Listed below are those HBCU alums who are currently in leadership. These individuals are leading excitingly; in invaluable and well-known positions in various fields.

Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr. – President, Guttman Community College
Dr. Larry D. Johnon, Jr. is an equity-minded student advocate with nearly 20 years of higher education experience. Selected by the CUNY Board of Trustees on February 1, 2021, to be the College’s second president, he assumed the presidency on July 1, 2021.

Larry D. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.

Johnson is a bold, creative, and experienced academic leader. In July 2018, he was appointed the sixth president of Phoenix College (a Maricopa Community College) and the first African-American in its 100-year history. The college served more than 20,000 credit and non-credit students. As President, he launched the President’s Promise, a comprehensive plan to reengage community and workforce leaders; improve employee satisfaction and engagement; implement best practices that will lead to an increase in student retention, completion, and transfer, and cultivate an environment that embraces diverse perspectives. Under Johnson’s leadership, Phoenix College increased enrollment by establishing the Neighborhood College, a partnership with the City of Phoenix that provides incumbent workers onsite educational opportunities that lead to associate degrees. The college has also received approximately $5M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a Title V Department of Education (DOE) grant to support initiatives that center on experiential learning programs and undergraduate research in STEM.

Dr. Johnson began his teaching career at Tallahassee Community College (2005-2007), where he taught developmental English and reading. During the period from 2007-2014, Johnson served as a humanities instructor and division chair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Under his leadership, the college increased student success by implementing developmental education redesign programs, which was supported by a $2.5M Title III Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) grant from the Department of Education. Additionally, Johnson led the department in creating an inaugural conference that centered on pedagogical and high impact practices for faculty, staff, and administrators to increase student persistence and success in Gatekeeper math and English courses.

Dr. Johnson is committed to amplifying the mission of community colleges, as represented by his participation on local and national boards and commissions. Johnson is one of 25 Fellows selected for the inaugural College Excellence Program, sponsored by the Aspen Institute. Additionally, he recently completed a three-year appointment on the American Association of Community College (AACC) Commission on College Readiness. On July 1, 2021, he was appointed to serve a three-year term as a representative for the Northern Region to the Presidents Academy Executive Committee (PAEC) of the AACC. Johnson is continuing his service on the board of the Phoenix Symphony.

Dr. Johnson is a proud alumnus of a HBCU. He attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his BA in English literature. He earned his MA in Humanities and a graduate certificate from Florida State University. Johnson holds a doctorate degree in Humanities, with an emphasis in English literature, from Clark Atlanta University.

Keisha J. Kelley, CEO of BlackCollegeExperience
Keisha J. Kelly has developed her passion for sports in the early 2000s when she was a member of the game day fan interaction team for now defunct NBDL team, Huntsville Flight. Kelley soon after started vounteering with The Amobi Okoye Foundation during the summer where she assisted with registration for summer football camps for the community. In 2011, she relocated to Atlanta, GA, where she began a short stint with a sports radio station.

Keisha J. Kelley

In 2014, Kellz, as she is referred to on radio, returned to radio, as she began a career with PQ Sports Radio, where she joined multiple co-hosts for a Wednesday night weekly sports show. She later hosted PQ Sports Radio, as well as co-hosted Double Coverage Divas on Sunday evenings at 7pm with Talk2me Sports Radio.

In 2016, Kelley founded BlackCollegeExperience, the sports podcast that brings positive exposure to athletes at HBCUs, due to lack of positive news or media coverage that HBCUs receive. Her first co-host, Crystal Bennett, is a graduate of FAMU. Later, MVSU graduate Derrick Thomas joined her as co-host and is currently co-hosting the podcast. Kelley, also worked with Rodney Bryant on a Facebook Live sports segment titled: Still Brewing. BlackCollegeExperience has covered many events including, the Black College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement, Bayou Classic, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Magic City Classic, Gulf Coast Challenge, HBCU Spirit of America Bowl, Tee Up Atl, National Tennis Championsho, NBPA Top 50 Players from SIAC/SWAC as well as media days, career days, etc. She also serves as a sport mentor with GladiatHers Sports.

Dr. Shawn Joseph, President of Joseph and Associates LLC and Assistant Professor/Co-Director of Urban Superintendent Academy
Dr. Shawn Joseph’s passion for equity and social justice has ked him to serve in a number of positions in the world in education. He has been an Englis teacher, school administrator, central office administrator, and superintendent in Maryland, Delaware, and Tennessee. His most recent work as the superintendent of Metro Nashville Public Schools (Director of Schools), resulted in schools that became more equitable as the district saw accelerated growth for all student groups in both reading and mathematics Pre-K through grade 5. In addition, the number of students at the high school level completing advanced coursework doubled, the number of students earning industry certifications nearly doubled while suspensions dramatically were reduced and new initiatives like STEAM were implemented at both the elementary and secondary level.

Shawn Joseph, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph’s work has garnered him numerous honors and awards and he humbly serves on numerous local and international boards. Some of them include being honored as the Met-Life Middle School Principle of the Year for the State of Maryland in 2008. In 2010, Dr. Joseph was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of Educational Leadership. He was awarded the Ambassador Andrew Young Leadership Award in 2016. In 2018, both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. honored him with the Environmental Leadership Award and the Community Impact Award. In 2019, Dr. Joseph was selected as the Person of the Year by the Tribune Newspaper in Nashville and was the recipient of the Greater Nashville Association of Black School Educator’s Trailblazer Award. Dr. Joseph serves on the Board of Learning Forward, an international organization focused on ensuring equity and excellence in teaching and learning through building the capacity of leaders to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning.

His first book, The Principal’s Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Year: Creating Instructional Momentum, offers insight into the complexity of the princial-ship and suggests strategies for focusing on increasing student achievement. He is currently completing the manuscript for Finding the Joseph Within: Lessons Learned from a Life of Struggle which shares insight into how keeping focused on God’s mission for your life results in him releasing his favor over your life. Dr. Joseph earned a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy studies from The George Washington University and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University. His bachelor’s degree is from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, America’s oldest Historically Black College. Dr. Joseph joined the faculty of The Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, NY, serving as a Visiting Associate Professor of Education Administration and Policy Studies in 2019. In 2020, Dr. Joseph accepted a tenure track position at Howard University’s Graduate School of Education in the Educational Leadership Department, and he will Co-Direct the Urban Superintendent Academy in collaboration with the AASA, the Superintendent Association.

Tiffany Greene, Play-by-Play Commentator, College Sports
Tiffany Greene is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, covering a variety of collegiate sports including basketball, football, softball and volleyball. She is the first African-American woman to serve as a play-by-play commentator for college football on ESPN.

Tiffany Greene

Greene has called a number of postseason games including the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament, NCAA Softball Regional and Super Regionals, as well as NCAA Volleyball Regionals.

Green orginially began working with ESPN as a college football sideline reporter in 2022. She has since worked on the Women’s College World Series, Air Force Reserve Bowl on ABC on multiple Bowl games.

Prior to ESPN, Green honed her skills as a play-by-play announcer and sports reporter at Bright House Sports Network in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets. During that time, she was the play-by-play announcer for inaugural season of BIG EAST women’s basketball on Fox Sports 1.

Greene is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Links Incorporated and the National Association of Black Journalists. She began her on-air career in 2004 as a one-man band reporter at WJCL/WTGS, and later, WTOC, in Savannah, Ga.

Greene earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Florida A&M University. She serves as the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Board of Visitors co-chair.

Jarrel Strong

Jarrel Strong, President and CEO of HBCU Mister and Miss
Jarrel Strong is a Class of 2018 alumnus from the Nation’s First Degree-Granting HBCU, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and hails all the way from Miami, Florida. During Jarrel’s undergraduate career he had the distinct honor of being named 2017-2018 Mister Legacy on the University’s Royal Court serving alongside Miss Legacy, Mister & Miss Lincoln University, and Mister & Miss Orange & Blue. Serving on the Royal Court granted him with multiple amazing opportunities including networking with other HBCUs Campus Kings and Queens, Networking with Former Kings and Queens of Lincoln University, and gaining the overall experience of being a campus King. Because of his amazing experience as a King, he wanted those that were given the same opportunity to have a similar experience and more. HBCU Mister and Miss was created to assist HBCU undergraduate students with leadership development, organizational skills and more.

Dawn Thornton, Women’s Basketball Head Coach, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Head Coach Dawn Thornton enters her third season with the Lady Lions in 2020-21, brining a revitalized, competitive spirit to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) women’s basketball program.

Head Coach Dawn Thornton

During the 2019-20 season, Thornton, a 13-year coaching veteran commonly known as “Diva Coach,” inherited a program consisting of four freshman and four transfers; yet, led the team to outperform the preseason poll that picked UAPB to finish last in the SWAC. Under Thornton’s leadership, the Lady Lions tripled their SWAC win total from the previous season and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time since the 2017-2018 season.

Thornton mentored freshman center, Nissa Sam-Grant, who in her first season donning a Lady Lions jersey, emerged as one of the most electrifying newcomers in the SWAC. Sam-Grant finished the season fourth in the conference with 1.5 blocks per game.

Coach Thornton was named the Lady Lion’s head coach in May of 2019. Prior to leading the Lady Lions, Thornton spent the previous season as the lead assistant coach of Atlantic Sun Conference perennial power, Jacksonville University. After a late start in August of 2017, Thornton served as head coach at Division II Shorter University where, in one season, she led the surge from last in all major statistical categories to the middle of the conference and developed the Northwest Georgia Player of the Year.

From 2014 to 2016, Thornton served as the head coach at Prairie View, capturing the program’s fourth consecutive SWAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2014 while being honored as the HBCU Digest Female Coach of the Year. On Thornton’s watch, Prairie View posted wins over Memphis, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Sam Houston State, Nicholls State, and Lamar University and complied a 12.2 record in SWAC Tournament play. Thornton served as associate head coach at Prairie View from 2012 to 2014, where the team won three consecutive SWAC Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament berths.

Thornton received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Jackson State University in 2005, where she helped lead the Lady Tigers basketball team to a SWAC Regular Season Co-Championship during her junior and senior years. She played her first two seasons at Atlanta Metropolitan College where she led the team to consecutive GJCAA Tournament appearances.

An active member of the coaching community, Thornton holds membership in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Throughout her coaching career, she has participated in a myriad professional development opportunities including, Nike Championship Basketball Coaching Clinics, Felecia Hall Allen’s Next Level Symposium and the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and Pokey Chapman Training Camp. Thornton has been featured on several platforms including, Servant Leadership, focusing on navigating athletics during a pandemic while maintaining spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wellness.

Throughout her coaching career, Thornton, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and Order of the Eastern Star, has had a large impact in every community in which she has coached. She established the Dawn Thornton Basketball Skillz Clinic, which helps the development of children through education and athletics. Additionally, she was involved in numerous community service projects at all of her coaching stops. In addition to the growth she has facilitated on the court throughout her career, Coach Thornton and her staff have instilled an importance on community engagement both through service and via dialogue with fans and supporters.

Adriel Hilton

Adriel Hilton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Southern University at New Orleans
Adriel Hilton is vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at Southern University at New Orleans. He previously served as dean of students and diversity officer at Seton Hill University in Greenburg, Pennsylvania, where he provide strategic leadership and direction to the office of Housing and Residential Life, Community Standards, First Year & Transition Programs, Diversity & Inclusion, and International Student Services.

Hilton is an avid scholar. As a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, he taught and developed academic programs within the Office of the Provost. Previously, he served as ta first public policy fellow at the Greater Baltimore Committee, a leading regional organization comprised of civic and business leaders in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, Hilton worked closely with advisers to research, develop, and advocate a public policy agenda to advance the organization’s work in various areas, including access to health care.

A profilic author and researcher, Hilton’s research is published in refereed journals, such as the Teachers College Record, Journal of College Student Development, Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, and the Journal of the Professoriate. His numerous service commitments include membership on the editorial boards of the renowned Journal of Negro Education and the highly acclaimed College Student Affairs Journal.

Hilton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in finance from Morehouse College; a Master of Applied Science degree, with a concentration in public administration from Florida A&M University; a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University; and a PhD in higher education, with a concentration in administration, from Morgan State University.

Henry J. Henderson, III, Ph.D.

Henry J. Henderson III, Senior Manager – Medical Science Liaison-Oncology, Foundation Medicine
Dr. Henry J. Henderson, III is a cancer biologist and health-promotion advocate. Currently, he is a Senior Manager, Medical Science Liaison-Oncology at Foundation Medicine. He is also the co-founder of “Black in Cancer.” A organization that strengthen networks and highlight Black Excellence in cancer research and medicine.

He earned his Ph.D. in integrative Biosciences from Tuskegee University; and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Southern University. Henderson did his Postdoctoral Research at Vanderbilt University-Ingram Cancer Center. His research focused on understanding non-small cell lung cancel and improving therapeutic strategies targeting oncogenic mutations in Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase domain with a particular focus on mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to agents used in clinical practice.

Dr. Monique Carroll



Monique Carroll, Ph.D., Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chicago State University
Dr. Monique Carroll was named Chicago State University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on July 28, 2022. She joined the Cougars after serving as the athletic director at Huston-Tillotson University since March 2020.

Prior to her time at Huston-Tilltoson, Carroll was the Deputy Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator at South Carolina State University. In that role, she served as the sport administrator for 10 sports. In addition to serving as a sport administrator, Carroll oversaw various units including, business operations, compliance, academics, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, ticketing, sports information, and game day operations.

Prior to South Carolina State, Carroll served a nine-year stint at Prairie View A&M University in various roles. In her last role as Associate Athletic Director for External Operations her duties included overseeing all external functions of Panther Athletics, including fundraising, game operations, ticket operations, and sponsorships and advertising. Prior to her arrival at PVAMU, Carroll served as the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services/Compliance Assistant for the SWAC.

Carroll got her state in intercollegiate athletics as a compliance volunteer at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Carroll was a three-sport athlete as she was a member of UAPB volleyball, track and field, and bowling teams. Carroll also attended Langston University where she was a member of the track and field team.

Carroll’s recognitions and organizational memberships include NCAA Division I National SAAC Representative for the SWAC, NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, NCAA Effective Facilitation workshop, Women Leaders in College Sports, NAAC, and BWSF, and Zeta Phi Bet Sorority, Inc.

A native of New Boston, Texas, Carroll received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Health and Physical Education from Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB), a Master’s of Sports Science in Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in sports management from Northcentral University.

Tim Lampkin

Tim Lampkin, Founder and CEO, Higher Purpose Co
Tim Lampkin is the Founder and CEO of Higher Purpose Co, a 501c3 economic justice nonprofit building community wealth with Black business owners across Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power.

Lampkin has over a decade of community development and entrepreneurship experience. He previously managed the Racial Equity Program for the Mississippi Humanities Council, which won the national 2018 Schwartz Prize. Lampkin has also worked for Southern Bancorp Community Partners to implement mutli-million community initiatives and has advised rural entrepreneurs in several counties served by Delta State University. The Mississippi Business Journal selected Lampkin as one of the 2019 Top Entrepreneurs in the state. Ashoka selected him as the first person in Mississippi for the lifetime social impact fellowship.

He serves as President of Lampkin Impact Ventures, LLC providing economic justice advising, impact speaking, and creative digital content. Lampkin serves on the board of the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive and the Mississippi Humanities Council. He previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Community Development Advisory Council and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board (CAB).

Lampkin completed the Authentic Leadership Executive Program at Harvard University. He is a proud graduate of Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and has completed graduate studies at Delta State University, Bellevue University, and the University of Arkansas.