Dr. Anthony J. Davis was named the 13th President of Livingstone College unanimously during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on Thursday, September 22. Dr. Davis is a 2001 graduate of the institution.

SALISBURY, NC – The Livingstone College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Anthony J. Davis as the 13th president of the College, announced by the College on Thursday.

The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 22, during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on campus, following an executive session. Davis, an alumnus of Livingstone College, currently serves as senior vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer.

“The Search Committee was very intentional on finding someone that would embrace students, understand the culture of the school and be familiar with the community,” said Bishop Kenneth Monroe, chairman of the board. “We had good candidates. We had to look at the vision of the person and if that person was able to connect with the ideals we were looking for.”

“I recognized Dr. Davis’ talents and his willingness to roll up his sleeves and to work hard. That’s why I appointed him chief operating officer,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., outgoing Livingstone College President. “In essence, he has been practicing to step into the step of president.”

“I’m happy, I’m humbled, and I’m honored to be selected to serve as the 13th president of Livingstone College,” said Davis. “Twenty-one years ago, I started on this journey to become president. It is true what poet Langston Hughes said, ‘Dreams don’t die, they are deferred.’”

“I praise the Livingstone College Board of Trustees and the Search Committee for their authenticity and thoughtfulness in selecting a leader who embraces a student-centered environment and heeds the culture of the College. Someone who will dominate to fill the shoes of what Dr. Jenkins’ legacy has already marked,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “I truly applaud Dr. Jenkins for an amazing job well done. He is truly a trailblazer in the space of higher ed and HBCUs. And I congratulate Dr. Davis on becoming the 13th President of the College. We at HCF appreciate his continuous leadership and wish very best in his tenure.”

Prior to Livingstone College, Davis served as the vice president for development with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the nation’s oldest diversity pipeline organization.

A 2001 graduate of Livingstone College, Davis earned his Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, one of the only advanced degrees offered in the field. He attended the Fundraising School of Indiana – Bloomington’s Center of Philanthropy (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and completed his doctoral work at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.

About Livingstone College
Livingstone College is a private historically black college that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence and student success. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to promote lifelong learning, and to develop students potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit www.livingstone.edu.

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ALABAMADuring its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the ACCS Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Chris Cox as President of Shelton State Community College.

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Chris Cox as President of Shelton State Community College. Cox served as Interim President of the College since February.

“Shelton State position in the state and in the academic community keeps the College poised as one of the best foundations for student success and workforce development in Alabama, so the College needs a leader like Chris to continue to strengthen its standing as the community’s community college,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

“Chris’ tenure at Shelton State has already proven to be a game-changer for the students, faculty, staff and workforce region. I’m thrilled to see what happens next for residents, schools and business partners who rely on Shelton State to deliver, ” Jimmy continued.

Cox has nearly 30 years of K-12 and higher educaton administration experience. Prior to his appointment as Interim President at Shelton State, he served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor t the ACCS. He has served as an Interim President at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Bevill State Community College in Jasper, and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia.

A Geneva, Alabama native, Cox began his career as a teacher and coach at Dale County High School in Midland City. He later served as Assistant Principal at Geneva High School in Geneva and Principal at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise. Prior to joining the ACCS, Cox spent time in Oxford, first as Oxford High School’s principal and then Assistant Superintendent for the Oxford City Board of Education. Cox earned a Bacheor of Science in Social Science from Troy State University and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Alabama State University. Cox earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Auburn University.

”Shelton State is one of the premier community college in Alabama with ties attached to the HBCU culture in my eyes. With a leader as poised as Dr. Cox, we ate HCF are thrille to watch his leadership move Shelton State forward in delivering a continued high-quality educational experience,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund.

Shelton State is one of Alabama’s largest community colleges, with around 7,000 students annually who enroll for academic instruction and workforce development. It is also among eleven community college designated as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) Shelton State’s C.A. Fredd State campus maintains the idenity and continues the specific HBCU mission of promoting educational access and opportunity for all students. C.A. Fredd State Technical College was recognized as one of the nation’s HBCUs, the college consolidated with Shelton State in 1994.

With two academic sitees in Tuscaloosa, the college is a prime choice for students who wants to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as well as those who want to earn a certification for work in several high-demand, high-wage job opportunities in the region. The college’s student services provide a variety of resources for students for both their academic and career success.

“The opportunity to permanently join the Buccaneer Family is one of the highest honors I can imagine,” Cox said. “The future of Shelton State is very bright because of the excellence of our education and training programs, our outstanding faculty and students, and our connections to the community we serve. We’re going to build and strengthen partnerships with K-12 schools, business and industry, and other colleges and universities so we can help our students and our community succeed like never before.”

About Shelton State Community College
Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students.

Shelton State meets students where they are then takes them where they want to be. With a broad diversity of students and possibilities, SSCC integrates pieces and parts of a person’s experience for a one-of-a-kind fit. For more information, visit www.sheltonstate.edu.

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Dr. Dennis Shields

BATON ROUGE, LA – The Southern University System Board of Supervisors named Dr. Dennis Shields has the next president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College during it’s meeting on February 18. Shields, the current chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Platteville, will succeed President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton, who announced his retirement in 2021. Belton’s contract ends on June 30.

“I think the selection of Dennis Shields represents our belief that he’s the best fit to lead the University following Dr. Belton,” said Edwin Shorty, chairman of the Southern University System Board. “We felt that Mr. Shields comes with the right mix of qualities to further advance the University.”

Shields, who has been the chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Platteville since 2010, has spent most of his career advocating for better access to higher education – especially those who have been historically underrepresented. Under Shields’ leadership, the campus has had tremendous growth. Enrollment grew nearly 11 percent from 2010 to fall 2016. Most recently, he led successful efforts to gain legislative and gubernatorial approval to build a new $55 million state-of-the-art engineering facility on campus as well as a $23.7 million renovation project for one of the liberal arts buildings on campus. Those two projects, plus a $15.3 million Williams Fieldhouse expansion, will give the university more than $93 million in upcoming growth and improvements. Additionally, he led the construction of two residence halls, one with a dinning facility.

“I am humbled and honored by your confidence in me to take on this role at this wonderful institution of higher education,” said Shields to the Southern University Board via live stream video during the meeting. “I had a remarkable and inspiring visit (to campus) and was able to spend some time with the students. I take it as a great responsibility to help continue to rise of the Southern University System.”

Prior to his current position in Wisconsin, Shields held administrative positions in admissions at the University of Iowa College of Law, University of Michigan Law School and Duke University School of Law. He has also held a deanship and a teaching position at Phoenix School of Law and act as the vice president for student affairs at The City College of New York.

A champion of diversity and access, Shields served as the first chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group of the National Collegiate Athletics Association for Division lll. With Shields at the helm, the University of Wisconsin Platteville, has focused more on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Initiatives have successfully doubled the number of students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds over the course of the past decade.

Shields, an Iowa native, earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Graceland College in 1977, and a juris doctoral from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982.

Shields will officially begin his term once a final contract is approved by the Southern University Board.

About Southern University and A&M College
Southern University and A&M College, an Historically Black, 1890 land-grant institution, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is to provide a student-focused teaching and learning environment that creates global leadership opportunities for a diverse student population where teaching, research, service, scholarly and creative expectations for students and faculty are achieved through the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs offered at the institution via different instructional modalities and via public service. For more information, visit www.subr.edu.

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Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University.

CHICAGO, IL – ComEd recently announced the appointment of Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, president of Chicago State University, to its board as independent directors. Scott joins Smita Shah, CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc., 2022 appointment, and Ricardo “Ric” Estrada, president & CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, named to the board in November 2021.

“Z and Smita are distinguished business and civic leaders from our community and have proven track records of innovation and leadership experience. We are pleased to welcome them to the ComEd board,” said Gil Quiniones, ComEd CEO. “Their respective expertise, combined with their shared passion for closing the opportunity gap for women and minorities, will serve the company well as we continue to work to create an equitable clean energy future for all communities.”

As president of Chicago State University, Scott has overseen the development and advancement of its strategic plan for 2020 to 2025 to ensure the institution leads with the mission of transforming students’ lives through innovation and excellence in ethical leadership.

Scott is also a well-known advocate for equity in higher education. She formed and co-chairs the Equity Working Group, a body of leaders from across the education, public, private, philanthropic, and community development sectors to address Black students access and success in Illinois higher education.

“I’m honored to join ComEd’s board of directors and advance its values of integrity, forward thinking, openness to ideas and principled decision-making,” said Scott. “I’m excited to support ComEd’s important work to build a cleaner and brighter future for communities across Chicagoland and northern Illinois.”

Scott serves on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago board of directors where she also sits on the board’s Audit and Compliance and the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the board of trustees for the John H. Shedd Aquarium and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Scott is also a member of The Chicago Network where she chairs the Government Committee.

Scott holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

About ComEd
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 200 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information, visit ComEd.com.

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Dr. Kemba Chambers, President of H. Councill Trenholm State Community College.

MONTGOMERY, AL – On Wednesday, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Kemba Chambers as President of H. Councill Trenholm State Community College. Chambers is the first female to serve in this capacity at the college.

Chambers has 25 years of higher education experience and currently serves as Interim President at Trenholm. She previously served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning and Chief Instructional Officer at the Alabama Community College System, and Executive Vice President and Vice President of Instructional Services at Trenholm State. Chambers has served in various leadership roles at four of Alabama’s community colleges including serving as Interim President at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette and J.D. Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville. She also served at Calhoun Community College in Decatur and Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City.

“The future of Trenholm State is bright with Dr. Chambers at the helm,” Baker said. “Her familiarity with the college combined with her vision and commitment to creating opportunity for students and the greater community, makes her the ideal leader for Trenholm State.”

Chambers earned an Associate of Arts degree from Chattahoochee Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Columbus State University. She earned a Master of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Troy University, an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Troy University, and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University.

“Opportunities abound at Trenholm State and it’s an honor to serve as President at the college at such an exciting time,” said Chambers. “I look forward to working alongside not only our outstanding faculty, staff, and students at Trenholm but with community leaders across the River Region to continue to provide opportunities for a better future through education and workforce training.”

Dr. Chambers’ tenure as President at H. Councill Trenholm State Community College will begin on December 15, 2021.

About H. Councill Trenholm State Community College
H. Councill Trenholm State Community College is a comprehensive two-year community college located in Montgomery, Alabama. The College provides technical certificate and degree programs; adult learning opportunities; civic, social, cultural and personal development opportunities; business and industry training opportunities; and support of economic development for the central Alabama region. The College is part of the Alabama Community College System, a statewide system of postsecondary colleges governed by the Alabama Board of Education. For more information, visit www.trenholmstate.edu.

FAIRFIELD, Ala. – The Miles College Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of President Bobbie Knight to run through May 2024.

Trustees conducted President Knight’s performance review prior to the October 2021 board meeting and in that meeting voted to extend her contact an additional two years, Knight began her tenure at Miles College in August of 2019 as Interim President before being voted permanent on March 5, 2020.

During Knight’s tenure as president, the College has experienced two consecutive years of enrollment increases. The most recent addition brought the College’s total enrollment above 1,500 for the first time since 2017. Also, under President Knight’s leadership, the College has had an increase of over 500% in private gifts and more than 1100% in public and foundation grants. The College also increased its endowment to an all time high and has been rated one of the top 10 most fiscally stable HBCUs in the nation.

“Miles is fortunate to have President Knight at this critical time. Her strategic approach to goal-setting, her extensive corporate experience, and her warm and engaging personality are assets that have already benefited the College,” said Trustee Board Chair, Bishop Teresa Jefferson Snorton. “We look forward to new initiatives that she will launch to assure Miles College students receive a quality education and college experience.”

“I am grateful that the Board of Trustees is allowing me to reimagine Miles College in the years to come,” Knight said. “I also appreciate the trust they have conferred upon me, and I look forward to maintaining my commitment to Miles College and her students.”

A formal inauguration is being planned for Spring 2022. The pandemic interrupted original plans in 2020. More details will be available at a later date.

About Miles College
Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution (the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) saw education leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles, which is fully accredited by the Commission on College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited by Commission on Colleges for the awarding of Baccalaureate Degrees, is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

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Alabama A&M University’s 11th President, Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., has been named one of the first HCF Trailblazers of Higher Education honorees among The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2022 Award recipients and fifth class.

CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is gearing up to reveal its annual The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders Award recipients and fifth class. The organization has announced that among the recipients is Alabama A&M University’s 11th President, Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., who will retire after twelve years of leadership at the end of December 2021. Dr. Hugine will be honored as one of the first HCF Trailblazers of Higher Education recipients among The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2022 for his outstanding dedication to the space of higher education and his long record of accomplishments.

“A true trailblazer at heart and an outstanding leader beyond, we salute Dr. Hugine on a job well done for his dedication to the space of higher education. Holding twelve years of leadership at AAMU and more years in higher education, Dr. Hugine has proven to other leaders in the space that they can do it too,” said HBCU Campaign Fund’s Founder, President & CEO, Demetrius Johnson, Jr. “HCF is delighted to honor such a legendary individual as Dr. Hugine, and we commend him for his contributions. When consulting this year’s list of leaders, there was no other to consider honoring but Dr. Hugine, and we wish him the best on his retirement.”

Alabama A&M University 11th President, Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr. (Photo courtesy of AL.com)

Prior to Dr. Hugine’s appointment to AAMU, he served as President of South Carolina State University. Other positions held included Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director of Special Services Program; Director of University Year for Action Program-a service-learning program; Research Fellow; Assistant and Director of Institutional Self-Study; Professor of Mathematics; and high school mathematics teacher. He has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his leadership in education and adept administrative skills.

Since his appointment at AAMU, the University’s accreditation with SACSCOC has been reaffirmed; the financial status of the university has been strengthened; the university signed a $96 million dollar financing agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the largest in the Department history, which was used to refinance existing debt and construct a new 580-bed student residence hall; enrollment has increased by 25.83% since Fall 2012 with Fall 2018 enrollment being 6,108, the Fall 2018 freshman Class of 1,521 is the highest in the University’s history, ten(10) new academic degree programs have been added; private funding has increased by 68% percent and the university has successfully completed a $27.3 million capital campaign; and more than two dozen memoranda of understanding have been signed with companies, governmental agencies and universities including one with the prestigious Confucius Institute.

Dr. Hugine earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from South Carolina State University and a doctorate in Higher Education/Institutional Research from Michigan State University.

The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders Award & Class is a national recognition that honors the outstanding work and leadership of chancellors and presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions. The individuals are selected for their leadership that plays a prominent and influential role in shaping policies, changing perspectives, and making decisions that affect millions of individuals’ lives in the higher education space and the daily needs of what an HBCU and MSI contributes.

The organization will reveal the remaining list of honorees of chancellors and presidents that currently serve an HBCU or MSI who play a prominent and influential role in leadership and displace the characteristics of the following responsibilities in the progression of effectively moving an institution forward as well as its second Trailblazer of Higher Education honoree in early January 2022.

About HBCU Campaign Fund
The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 20212 and is a nonprofit 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.

About Alabama A&M University
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University is a public, comprehensive 1890 Land-Grant institution, committed to access and opportunity, and dedicated to intellectual inquiry. The application of Knowledge and excellence in teaching, research and service is responsive to the needs of a diverse student population and the social and economic needs of the state and region. The University offers contemporary baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral level degrees to prepare students for careers in the arts, sciences, business, engineering, education, agriculture and technology. As a center of excellence, the University is dedicated to providing a student-centered educational environment for the emergence of scholars, scientists, leaders and critical thinkers, who are equipped to excel through their contributions and leadership in a 21st century national and global society. For more information, visit www.aamu.edu.

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Dr. Corey Bradford, Sr. has announced that he is leaving Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) to pursue an opportunity at a research university, the HSSU Board of Regents thanks Dr. Bradford for his leadership. Bradford took over as president in May 2020, replacing Dr. Dwaun Warmack, who left to for an opportunity of president at Claflin University. Bradford’s inauguration ceremony, postponed by the pandemic, was held on April 9, 2021.

Dr. Corey Bradford, Sr.

The university has announced that Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith, currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will serve as Interim President, effective June 1, 2021. Collins Smith has more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience with an extensive background in administration and program development. She began her career in higher education at Harris-Stowe State University in 2010 as a project coordinator in the Office of Counseling Services. She has also served the institution as associate provost, assistant provost and as executive director of Center for Career Engagement.

Dr. Collins Smith is the co-principal investigator of a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to substantially strengthen STEM in the state of Missouri, the largest grant in the history of Harris-Stowe. She currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the nation’s largest regional accreditation body. She also served as the campus team lead for the following initiatives; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Re-Imagine First Year Project, the Strada Foundation Measuring College Value project, the Complete College America MSI Initiative, the Ascendium Project Success Initiative and the Gallup Alumni Survey Project.

Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith

Dr. Collins Smith serves as chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration Commission of Missouri and a member of the Downtown Advisory Board for Greater St. Louis, Inc. She served on both the Alumni Board of Directors and Alumni Foundation Board of the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Dr. Collins Smith has received several leadership and service awards including the Equal Education Opportunity Group Pioneer Award, the NAACP Ben Hooks Community Leader award and the AKA Central Region’s Outstanding Educational Advancement Foundation Captain award. She is a 2019 Millennium Leadership Initiative Protégé, a St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellow and a Higher Education Leadership Foundation Fellow.

Collins Smith earned a educational doctorate in higher education leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis. She holds a master of social work degree and a master of public health from Saint Louis University. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, where she majored in social work.

Chair of the Board of Regents Ron Norwood commented that “Dr. Collins Smith has a proven record of outstanding leadership and will serve the University well.”

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DENVER, CO – Colorado Community College System (CCC) Chancellor Joe Garcia announced the selection of Dr. Mordecai Brownlee as the next president of Community College of Aurora (CCA), according to a press release by the College.

Dr. Brownlee will assume the presidency on July 15, 2021. He will succeed Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven, who announced in October that she was retiring at the end of July concluding a decade of leading the institution and a remarkable 42-year career in higher education.

Dr. Mordecai Brownlee

Dr. Brownlee, an inclusive educator who is committed to the intellectual and economic empowerment of diverse communities, bring an impressive resume in advancing student access, expanding student support services, and empowering academic pathways at several public and private higher education institutions, including St. Philip’s College in Texas, the University of Charleston in West Virginia, Blinn College District in Texas, and Houston Baptist University.

Upon his announcement, Dr. Brownlee called it an honor to lead an institution so steeped in inclusive excellence and guided by the vision of ensuring that every student it serves succeeds.

“I am immensely grateful to Chancellor Garcia, and CCA’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supporters for the opportunity to serve this distinguished institution as its president,” said Dr. Brownlee. “Raised by a single-mother who was an educator, I learned first-hand the importance of faith, hard work, sacrifice, and the responsibility we have as educators to empower the minds and lives of students through equitable learning environments and ample student support. CCA is an institution that has embraced this charge and as its president, every day I will be committed to serving as an example of the institution’s mission in action.”

Dr. Brownlee rose to the top of a field of impressive candidates during the nationwide search process. The nine-member search advisory committee carefully screened over 80 high quality applicants and conducted open forums to actively engage the community.

“We wanted someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who would expand CCA’s reach and partnerships, and experience in strategic enrollment management who will be able to reverse the declines in students and revenues facing the institution during these challenges times. CCC’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion also called for someone who will champion learning environments that promote student success for Aurora’s growing and increasingly diverse communities,” said Garcia. “Without a doubt, that candidate was Dr. Brownlee. His impressive background and progressive leadership style make him the best fit to advance CCA’s vision, mission, and values.”

Currently, Dr. Brownlee serves as vice president for student success at St. Philip’s College, the only college in the nation federally designated as both a historically Black college (HBCU) and a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI), located in San Antonio, Texas. During his tenure, Dr. Brownlee championed strategic enrollment and student success initiative that led St. Philip’s to record enrollment and four of their largest degree and certificate awarding classes in the college’s 123-year history.

Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Brownlee raised millions for student scholarships and academic programs – some of which went to new programs designed to retool individuals to fill high-demand employment opportunities. He has also played an instrumental role in securing several multi-million-dollar capital construction projects.

In his spare time, Dr. Brownlee serves as an adjunct professor at Morgan State University School of Education & Urban Studies and the University of Charleston School of Business and Leadership where he teaches business management, human resources, social justice, and community college leadership. He also dedicates time as a columnist and nationally recognized speaker covering a broad range of critical higher education topics including education technology; financial literacy and student debt; community college innovation; progressive legislation; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Brownlee was twice awarded the Trusted Leaders Award by the faculty and staff of St. Philip’s College and in 2018 received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. Recently, EdTech Magazine featured him as one of the 30 most interesting voices in higher education who are shaping the conversation around technology and education.

Dr. Brownlee’s service on community, state, and national boards includes serving as the director of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Community College Institute; Co-Founder of the Rising Leaders Institute for the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), member of the My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative in San Antonio, Community College Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), ApplyTX Advisory Council, and a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. The college offers course on two campuses, online and through its high school concurrent-enrollment program, helping students prepare for employment or transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, visit www.ccaurora.com.

(MEMPHIS, TN – 12/17/20) – LeMoyne-Owen College has announced Thursday that the Board of Trustees has selected Vernell A. Bennett-Fairs, Ed.D. as the 13th President of the College.

Dr. Bennett-Fairs has over 25 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as vice-president of Student Affairs at Delta State University in Mississippi. She also served in a similar role at HBCU, Kentucky State University. Dr. Bennett-Fairs brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education settings and the Board of Trustees feels confident that she will continue that transformation already underway at LeMoyne-Owen College.

“I am excited and honored to be a part of the LeMoyne-Owen College family and history. I look forward to working with you in support of your education and professional goals, as well as advancing the the institution,” said Dr. Bennett-Fairs. “I enjoy having an open door policy so I want you to stop by when you return to campus because I’m interest in learning what you love most about the institution, as well as what you would like to see. Have a safe winter break and get ready to get locked in. Happy holidays.”

Dr. Bennett-Fairs will succeed Dr. Carol Johnson Dean effective January 5, 2021. Dr. Johnson Dean served as interim president for 18 months, as the Board thank her for her leadership and looks forward to the upward trajectory of the College under the guidance of Dr. Bennett-Fairs.

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About LeMoyne-Owen College
LeMoyne-Owen College delivers a transformative experience, educating students for a lifetime of scholarship, leadership, and service through liberal arts, career and professional studies. For more information, visit www.loc.edu.