U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. will deliver remarks highlighting the progress of America’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) at the 2016 National HBCU Week Conference at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, October 24.
Dr. King, is the secretary of education, a position he assumed upon Senate confirmation on March 14, 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies from Columbia University’s Teachers College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administrative practice from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Dr. King was a 1995 Truman Scholar and received the James Madison Memorial Fellowship for secondary-level teaching of American history, American government, and social studies. Prior to joining the Department, in February 2011, Dr. King was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. In addition, Dr. King served on the board of New Leaders for New Schools from 2005 to 2009, and is a 2008 Aspen Institute-New Schools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow.
President Obama called Dr. King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.
The event is hosted by The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and entitled, “HBCUs: Promoting Excellence, Innovation and Sustainability.”
HBCU’s, as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, include: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans….” Today, HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions, prepare students to serve domestically and internationally in public and private sector professions.
Since President Obama took office, one million more African American and Latino students have completed college. A hallmark of the Obama Administration has been promoting equity and excellence in education, including making college more affordable. The Administration remains committed to increasing the number of students who earn high-quality post-secondary credentials.
For more information regarding National HBCU Week and Conference, visit http://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/hbcu-week-conference/.