President Obama has appointed new leadership for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Dr. George Cooper will serve as the initiative’s new Executive Director. Dr. Ivory Toldson will serve as Deputy Director.

From The White House:

The task at hand for Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson is to lead a team, stretched across 32 federal agencies, corporate entities, and philanthropic organizations, to work together in strengthening the capacity of over 100 HBCUs, as they strive to shape this country’s next generation of leaders. The President has called on Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson to fortify his Administration’s commitment to HBCUs, and to lead our national effort to champion both the rich traditions of these esteemed institutions, and their promise for the future.

Read more at The White House

Before, during and after the Civil Rights movement, HBCUs played a critical role in allowing African Americans to obtain an education. Despite the passing of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, it was still very difficult for blacks to receive equal treatment and access to higher education in the country. The initiative is to show the President’s commitment to providing affordable collegiate opportunities to African Americans.

Prior to joining the initiative, Dr. Copper  was a Senior Fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In his role he reviewed key federal initiatives of importance to HBCUs. Previously, he served as President of South Carolina State University.

Kudos to the President for remaining committed to higher education for people of color!

Join us in congratulating both Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson on their new roles!


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