CHICAGO, IL (May 22, 2021) – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), a non-profit advocacy, educational organization, announced today the appointment election of 5 new members to its board of directors, effective June 1, 2021. Following the new appointments, the Board will comprise of 8 directors.

“We are pleased to welcome these five individuals as non-executive directors to the HCF board during this vital stage in the organization existence,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., Board Chairman and Founder, president & CEO at HCF. “As highly respected and seasoned leaders within the academia and corporate space, we look forward to their valuable expertise engagement and experience in guiding our objectives to bring our advocacy to the next level for the students and institutions that we serve.”

Pictured (top to bottom, left to right): Jamal Donaldson Briggs, Akil Bello, Dr. Samuel Hinton, Dr. Justin Mathis and Dr. Tanjula Perry.

Dr. Samuel L. Hinton is a staunch advocate of HBCUs, with a passion for first-generation students, student success, and retention, has twenty years of experiences in higher education and has served in various leadership capacities throughout his career. Currently, Dr. Hinton is the dean of students at Denmark Technical College, the only technical college this is designated as an HBCU located in Denmark, South Carolina. Dr. Hinton is the founder and chief executive officer of HBCU NEXTG, LLC. HBCU NEXTG is committed to spreading the importance of education through our diligent work as it related to scholarship, leadership, and service. Dr. Hinton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC; Master of Science in Post-Secondary Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Troy University, Troy, Alabama and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Dr. Hinton has earned a graduate certificate in Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing from the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Walden University.

Akil Bello serves as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement at FairTest, the national center for fair and opening testing. Bello has more than three decades of experience working on testing issues as a tutor, analyst, and advocate. He co-founded the company Bell Curves, which focused on preparing low-income and minority students for standardized exams. Later, he served as Director of Equity and Access at The Princeton Review. Most recently, he has consulted with colleges and organizations seeking to remove barriers to educational opportunity. In addition to his experience with the ACT, SAT, and GRE, Bello has been involved with campaigns to eliminate reliance on test scores to determine admission to New York City’s selective high schools and gifted-and-talented programs. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute.

Dr. Tanjula Petty serves as Assistant Provost for Student Success and Special Initiatives at Alabama State University. Dr. Petty has over 18 years of extensive higher education experience. She is an accomplished, collaborative, energetic, experienced and a Lean Six Sigma Servant leader with extensive experience in a multiplicity of areas in higher education, including but not limited to, academic and student affairs, diversity, enrollment management, institutional effectiveness and research, fiscal accountability, facilities, planning, public relations, assessments, strategic planning, student learning outcomes, and accreditation standards. Additionally, she serves as an evaluator for SACSCOC. She completed her doctoral studies at ASU and was included into the Alpha Gamma Chi Honor Society; receiving the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award present by the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS) and ProQuest and joined the ranks of award recipients in the ProQuest “Hall of Scholars.”

Dr. Justin Mathis currently works within the University of Georgia System in several enrollment management capacities. Most recently, he has worked with Georgia Institute of Technology in the Graduate School’s Division of Enrollment Management. It is in this role that Dr. Mathis has ensured the captive student audience was admitted and registered for course work in the most efficient manner. As a cost-conscious and student-centered leader, he has been able to implement industry best practices of inclusivity and equity while maintaining the rigorous admissions standards. As a thorough leader, Dr. Mathis has made certain that the enrollment and placement of graduate students at Georgia Tech did not stop with the universal pause and delay of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Also, Jamal Donaldson Briggs, who serves as Assistant Vice President, Project Manager – Change Management of Global Human Resources at Bank of America. To learn more about HCF’s Board of Directors, visit


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

updated 6/8/21

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