North Carolina Central University alumnus Charles Asubonten, ’89, has been named Chief Financial Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). In his new role, he will oversee CalPERS financial systems and risk programs.

Asubonten most recently served as the managing director at a private equity firm. He has more than 20 years of international experience in various aspects of finance and investments in industries including mining, financials, energy, infrastructure, technology, and health care.

He has also served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

Asuborten obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting from North Carolina Central University and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

He also earned an advanced diploma in corporate governance from the Financial Times Board of Directors Non-Executive Director program in London. He is a certified public accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Pictured: SCKY President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby with students.
Pictured: SCKY President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby with students.

LOUISVILLE, KY – In April 2015, Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY) was designated as the 107th historically black college and university joining Kentucky State University as the second HBCU in Kentucky. Now Simmons College is making moves and gearing forward in several ways to preparing the next leaders of tomorrow while empowering the community.

SCKY has recently announced the National Baptist Convention of America International (NBCA)  will relocate their headquarters from Dallas to the campus of SCKY in Louisville. NBCA also has a new educational partnership with the institution. NBCA President, Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. has embraced Simmons as the educational provider for their domination. SCKY also scored a partnership with the Full Gospel Fellowship International, which has made Simmons their educational partner in the training of clergy and lay leadership.

Simmons College was established in 1879 by members of black baptist churches in Kentucky who organized a state convention of Colored Baptist Churches. In November of 1879, trustees of the Convention of Colored Baptist Church purchased four (4) acres of land on the corner of 7th and Kentucky Street in Louisville that immediately served as the campus for the school.

In 2005, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, who is the senior pastor at St. Stephen Church was named the 13th president and subsequently changed the name of the school to Simmons College of Kentucky whose once name(s) were: Simmons University, State University, Louisville Municipal College, and Simmons Bible College.

The name change to Simmons College of Kentucky was to reflect the school’s mission to prepare Christians for ministry, while reinstating its initial mission of general education. In 1930, The Great Depression came across the campus and forced the institution to sell its property due to foreclosure on the mortgage. But in 2006, the institution was fortunate to buy its original campus and move back. In March 2015, the institution received its accreditation.

SCKY welcomed Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. last month, who spoke during the West Louisville Forum sponsored by the institution. During his visit, he urged African-Americans in Louisville to go to the polls on election day and vote. Award-winning novelist and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation Marita Golden will speak during the next West Louisville Forum on Wednesday, November 2.


Simmons College of Kentucky continues to thrive as a institution of higher learning serving traditionally underserved communities. For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, call (502) 776-1443 or visit


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PINE BLUFF, AR – The Department of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) honored 31 junior and senior prelicensure nursing students during the first Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing on Tuesday, October 25. The ceremony recognized students for their achievement of readiness for clinical practicum experience as part of the nursing curriculum.

This is an extraordinary milestone for UAPB, which in 2013 the State Department of Higher Education withdrew accreditation and the program shut down. It was restarted in January 2015 and since has received a grant from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield of $250,000 in funding the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Endowed Nursing Professorship in Rural Health.

According to UAPB, this recognition represents the faculty’s confidence that the students have demonstrated readiness to practice safely in the clinical environment.

For more information about the Department of Nursing at UAPB, call (870) 575-8220 or visit