DALLAS, TX – The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, as the next Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors. Sorrell follows in the footsteps of his predecessor Jeanne Witman Bobbitt, who served as Chair since 2019.

Sorrell began his tenure on The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors in 2015, and is an active member of its Community Philanthropy Committee. With half a decade of experience serving the organization, Sorrell will lead the 16 members of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors in building on the strategic plan adopted in 2019 and overseeing the governance of the Foundation’s funds.

“The Dallas Foundation is thrilled to have Michael lead our next era of impact as we work to reduce intergenerational poverty and make Dallas a brighter and more equitable community,” said Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “Michael brings a distinguished track record of success on issues facing Dallas and we look forward to his thought partnership and board leadership as we build a community where everyone can thrive.”

“Reducing intergeneratonal poverty by investing in the earliest years of child’s life will yield dividends for future generations and ensure that Dallas becomes an opportunity rich community for all of our neighbors,” said Dr. Sorrell. “This is important work and I am honored to serve as Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors as we focus on one of the most pressing issues facing our community today.”

Sorrell is a demonstrated and well-known leader in Dallas and is the longest-serving President in the history of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the institution has became nationally recognized as one of the most innovative colleges in the country and is renowned for its efforts to remake higher education to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities. Sorrell has received numerous awards for his dedication to education, the City of Dallas, and the legal community. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”), J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, and his B.A. in Government from Oberlin College.

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About The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. In 2019, The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with the more than 400 fundholders, invested over $70 million into the community. For more information, visit www.dallasfoundation.org.

The HBCU Campaign Fund would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Dr. Adena Williams Loston on the completion of her 14th year as President of St. Philip’s College located in San Antonio, Texas. She joined the SPC family on March 1, 2007, on the occasion of St. Philip’s 109th anniversary.

Adena Williams Loston, Ph.D., 14th president of St. Philip’s College.

Named as one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund, Dr. Loston serves as president of the only college to be federally designated as a Historically Black College (HBC) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Prior to joining SPC, she previously served as the Director of Education and Special Assistant for Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate for the Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility and Chief Education Officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at its Headquarters in Washington, DC. Her initial appointment at NASA was as the Associate Administrator for Education on October 28, 2002, and prior to joining the Agency, she served as the NASA Administrator’s Senior Education Advisor starting in September 2002. As NASA’s senior education official, she was responsible for structuring the Office of Education, providing executive leadership, policy direction, functional management, and guidance in coordinating the Agency’s overall efforts to organize and enhance its education investments and portfolio nationally and internationally for its Headquarter operations, mission directorates and 10 field centers. Dr. Loston was responsible for a $230 million budget (including earmarks) and directed policy for $1.3 billion.

Recently, Dr. Loston was named to two local committees, serving on both The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) 2021 Executive Committee and Mayor Nirenberg Commission on the Status of Women. She has been a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for more than forty years. She is also a recipient of many awards, achievements, and recognition.

Dr. Loston is the product of a historically black college, Alcorn State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1973. She received her Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Bowling Green State University in 1974 and 1979 respectively. She also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 1996; the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University in 2001; and the Wharton School of Business in 2005.

Learn more about Dr. Adena Williams Loston here.

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About St. Philip’s College
St. Philip’s College, founded in 1898, is a comprehensive public community college whose mission is to empower our diverse student population through educational achievement and career readiness. As a Historically Black College and Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip’s College is a vital facet of the community, responding to the needs of a population rich in ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. St. Philip’s College creates an environment fostering excellence in academic and technical achievement while expanding its commitment to opportunity and access. For more information, visit www.alamo.edu/spc/.

Dr. Cynthia Anthony

On March 10th, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Cynthia Anthony as President of Lawson State Community College. Anthony has been serving as Interim President at the college since September 2020. She is the 5th president to serve the College and first female appointed to lead the historic institutions.

Dr. Anthony has 30 years of higher education experience, recently serving as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Success for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and Executive Vice President and Dean of Students at Lawson State. Prior to her leadership at Lawson State, Anthony served at Bessemer State Technical College, which merged with Lawson State in 2005. In addition to various other leadership roles within the ACCS, she served as Interim President at three other ACCS institutions: Drake State Community and Technical College, Shelton State Community College, and Enterprise State Community College.

“Dr. Anthony is proven leader who cares deeply about student success and it is truly a privilege to appoint her as President at a college she knows so well,” said Chancellor Baker. “Lawson State students, faculty, and staff will be well-served by Dr. Anthony’s innovative leadership and commitment to improving the lives of others.”

Dr. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College. She received both her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and her Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership through a joint program at UAB and the University of Alabama. She was awarded UAB’s Department of Education’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005.

“It is an honor to continue my service to the Birmingham and Bessemer communities in the role of President at Lawson State and I look forward to working alongside other community leaders to forge a better future for our region,” said Dr. Anthony. “I care deeply about the Lawson State community and I’m eager to continue our successful efforts to prepare students for their best possible future. Go Cougars!”

Dr. Anthony’s tenure as President at Lawson State Community College will begin on April 1, 2021.

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About Lawson State Community College
Lawson State Community College provides affordable and accessible quality educational opportunities, promotes economic growth, and enhances the quality of life for the diverse communities it serves. Through varied instructional modes and lifelong learning opportunities, the College prepares students for gainful employment, career advancement, college transfer, and workforce development.

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (Feb. 18, 2021) – Darrell Allison, a longtime education advocate and champion of North Carolina’s historically minority-serving institutions, was named the 12th chancellor of Fayetteville State University.

He was elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, following his nomination by University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans.

Allison will assume his role on March 15. He will success Interim Chancellor Peggy Valentine, who was appointed in July 2019 and previously served as dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University.

“We are thrilled and excited to welcome Mr. Allison to FSU,” said Stuart Augustine, chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees. “We are anticipating great things for our university and Bronco community based on everything we know about Mr. Allison and the tools and resources he brings with him.

Fayetteville State University Chancellor-Elect Darrell Allison

A former member of the Board of Governors and former trustee at North Carolina Central University, Allison’s career and public service have been focused on education.

He is currently vice president of governmental affairs and state teams at the American Federation for Children. In this capacity, he has developed successful partnerships, led advocacy programs and generated philanthropic support for the organization.

“Darrell Allison is a creative leader who understands the value of Fayetteville State University to the community, the region, and the state,” said Hans.

Board of Governor Chair Randy Ramsey shared his enthusiasm for Allison’s new role.

“I have worked alongside Darrell for many years now and he is not only a person of great ability but one of true character,” said Ramsey. “He is deeply committed to higher education and to the citizens of North Carolina. He brings to this position a broad understanding of Fayetteville State University’s strategic role and impact in the region.”

Allison’s career in education spans decades of service advocating on behalf of students and expanding educational opportunities for underserved families in North Carolina and across the nation.

Serving on the Board of Governors from 2017 to late 2020, he was a vocal supporter of the system’s historically minority-serving institutions. As the inaugural chair of the Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSI) Committee, Allison helped lead efforts resulting in all 17 campuses gaining at least $2 million for repairs and renovations – an investment that especially supported the system’s smaller universities. Allison advocated for a multi-million dollar update for fundraising software and data management for the universities, which ushered in cost saving and strengthened fundraising programs.

Allison also initiated and finalized a partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill’s NC Policy Collaboratory, which awarded $6 million for COVID-19 programming and research at historically minority-serving institutions.

While on the UNC Board of Governors, Allison served on several committees, including: Budget and Finance; Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (chair); UNC System Racial Equity Task Force (chair); Educational Policies and Programs (secretary); Strategic Initiatives Committee; and UNC K-12 Laboratory Schools.

Prior to that, Allison served on the NCCU Board of Trustees, where he played a key role on the Advancement, Athletics and External Affairs, Academic and Student Affairs committees, and as a member of the NCCU Chancellor Search Committee. In 2017, Allison endowed a scholarship fund at NCCU, his alma mater, in memory of father, Thomas Allison.

Allison holds a Juris Doctor degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from NCCU.

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About Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a public comprehensive regional university that promotes the educational, social, cultural, and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The primary mission of FSU is to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences that will produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of State. Awarding degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and the doctorate in educational leadership, FSU offers programs in teacher education, the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics, and unique and emerging fields. For more information, visit www.uncfsu.edu.

NASHVILLE, TN (Feb. 15, 2021) – The Board of Trustees of Fisk University have named Dr. Vann Newkirk Sr. as the 17th President of Fisk University effective immediately. “We have had the pleasure of observing Dr. Newkirk’s outstanding work both as Provost and as interim president, and this was a unanimous decision by the Board,” said Chair Frank L. Sims. Dr. Newkirk has been an essential part of the amazing momentum that Fisk has built over the past five years. The University is poised for an exceptional future and Dr. Newkirk’s experience and insight around new programming and sponsored research will be instrumental as Fisk continues to cement itself as a top 10 HBCU and pursue its goal of becoming a top 50 liberal arts university.

During these challenging time for higher education, Dr. Newkirk has proven a track record of innovation, according to a press release by the University. Dr. Newkirk has launched several highly successful new programs at Fisk including bioinformatics, data science and social justice. These programs have not only contributed to the tremendous growth in enrollment but also the increased academic caliber of Fisk’s incoming student body. In the last two years, Fisk has had three Rhodes Scholar finalists and set numerous records for student outcomes.

Dr. Newkirk’s vision includes increasing enrollment, developing elite programs, expanding corporate partnerships, improving student outcomes, and building national awareness around Fisk’s outstanding results.

“I am deeply honored to serve as President of Fisk University and I am confident the best times are still to come for this remarkable institution,” said Dr. Newkirk.

Coupled with his vision, Dr. Newkirk brings a deep appreciation for the importance of financial stability and maintaining a sustainable enterprise.

“Fisk has finished consecutive years with an operational surplus and is really bucking the trend on a host of fronts in large part due to the leadership of Dr. Newkirk,” said Frank L. Sims.

Dr. Newkirk received his doctorate in history from Howard University and has been a proven leader in higher education for more than 20 years. Dr. Newkirk served as Provost for three years at Elizabeth City State University before joining the Fisk team as Provost in 2018 and serving as Interim President for the past 6 months. Dr. Newkirk has held numerous senior administrative and academic positions throughout his outstanding career. In addition to his administrative accomplishments, Dr. Newkirk is also a published scholar.

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Colby College has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. These individuals will bring to the board their unique expertise and perspectives in education, management, and national affairs, bolstering the College’s commitment to deliver a world-class education to an ever-more diverse student body and equip graduates with the deep skills necessary to have a profound impact on the world.

Joining the board as corporate trustees are Brenda Allen, president of Lincoln University; Eric DeCosta ’93, executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens; and Amy Walters ’91, Litt.D. ’17 national editor of The Cook Political Report. They will each serve a four-year term.

Brenda A. Allen, Ph.D., 14th President of Lincoln University.

Brenda A. Allen is the 14th president of Lincoln University in Pennslyvania, the country’s first-degree granting historically black college and university (HBCU) institution. A respected leader, effective administrator, and successful fundraiser, Allen is implementing a strategic plan at Lincoln to cement the university’s place among outstanding liberal arts institutions. Her priorities include enhancing academic quality and improving operational effectiveness. Prior to joining Lincoln in 2017, she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University. Previously, she was associate provost and director of institutional diversity at Brown University, raising nearly $15 million to support diversity goals and leading efforts that culminated in 36-percent and 45-percent increases in the number of women and minority faculty members, respectively. Earlier, at Smith College, she held administrative positions, rose through the ranks to full professor, and chaired the African American Studies Program.

Allen has been named one of Philadelphia’s most influential African American leaders by the Philadelphia Tribune, and just last month, one of the ten most dominant HBCU leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Lincoln University and an M.S. in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Howard University.

Click here to read more about the elected members.

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About Colby College
Chartered in 1813, when Maine was still part of Massachusetts, Colby is the 12th oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Since its founding the College has pioneered several important initiatives in higher education. For more information, visit www.colby.edu.

About Lincoln University
Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. For more information, visit www.lincoln.edu.

The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will provide recommendations for addressing health inequities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2021) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the country, it has had a disproportionate impact on some of our most vulnerable communities. Shortly after COVID-19 was first identified in the United States, disparities in inequities were quickly evident by race, ethnicity, geography, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors.

President Biden and Vice President Harris have released a National Strategy to combat the pandemic that has equity at its core. To help ensure an equitable response to the pandemic, the President signed an executive order on January 21 creating a task force to address COVID-19 related health and social inequities. This Task Force is chaired by Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced the a twelve of individuals to serve as non-federal members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Among selected is Meharry Medical College President & CEO, James Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.

James Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D

James Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D., is the president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center. Dr. Hildreth served previously as dean of the College of Biological Sciences at University of California, Davis and as a professor and associate dean at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Hildreth is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an internationally acclaimed immunologist whose work has focused on several human viruses including HIV. He currently serves on he advisory council for the NIH director and as a member of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Dr. Hildreth had led Meharry’s efforts to ensure that disadvantaged communities have access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines. He graduated from Harvard University as a Rhodes Scholar, from Oxford University with a Ph.D. in immunology, and obtained an M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

These individuals represent a diversity of backgrounds and expertise, a range of racial and ethnic groups, and a number of important populations, including: children and youth; educators and students; health care providers, immigrants; individuals with disabilities; LGBTQ+ individuals; public health experts; rural communities; state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments; and unions.

As Chair, Dr. Nunez-Smith will also ask six additional Federal agencies to be represented on the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force as federal members. This includes the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, and Department of Labor.

The Task Force is charged with issuing a range of recommendations to help inform the COVID-19 response and recovery. This includes recommendations on equitable allocation of COVID-19 resources and relief funds, effective outreach and communication to underserved and minority populations, and improving cultural proficiency within the Federal Government. Additional recommendations include efforts to improve data collection and use, as well as a long-term plan to address data shortfall regarding communities of color and other underserved populations. The Task Force’s work will conclude after issuing a final report to the COVID-19 Response Coordinator describing the drivers of observed COVID-19 inequities, the potential for ongoing disparities faced by COVID-19 survivors, and actions to ensure that future pandemic responses do not ignore or exacerbate health inequities.

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Five historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents were selected as recipients of the AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to currently serving campus presidents in recognition of their outstanding leadership to advance liberal education.

In acknowledgement of AAC&U and Cengage’s shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Inclusion Scholarship recognizes presidential leaders from under-represented groups whose efforts have reduced equity gaps, improved inclusion and belonging for minoritized students, and/or promoted diversity in hiring practices.

In recognition of their accomplishments as inclusive leaders in higher education, recipients will receive a one-year, complimentary AAC&U campus membership and a one-year complimentary membership to AAC&U’s Presidents’ Trust.

2021 HBCU Scholarship Recipients:

Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College
Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University
Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University
Ivy R. Taylor, president of Rust College
Dwaun J. Warmack, president of Claflin University

See the full list of scholarship recipients here.

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About AAC&U
ACC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises over 1,200 member institutions-including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. For more information, visit www.aacu.org.

Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. Jerryl Briggs, Sr. will participate in the Educate Me Foundation’s HBCU Teachers Fair as a panelist on the HBCUs Matter discussion. This event will begin 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. (EST) on January 27.

Briggs will join the panel alongside with Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, president of Norfolk State University; Dr. Jacqueline Gibson-Preastly, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Southern University, Baton Rouge; Dr. Jame’l Hodges, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement at Edward Waters College; Dr. Susan Powell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Jackson State University; and Dr. Parris Carter, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

The HBCU Teachers Fair is designed to create an opportunity for current HBCU students majoring in education and HBCU alums to secure employment opportunities, network with other attendees, meet with schools, and learn from the guest speakers’ panelists to grow their teacher skill sets.

“I am honored to be a panelist for the outstanding event. Indeed, HBCUs matter now, before, and for our future,” said Briggs.

There will be over 500 educators and 70 different school systems from across the United States joining the Educate Me Foundation for the HBCU Teachers Fair.

Click here to register

Educate ME Foundation inspires interest and exposure to pursuing a career in education through engagement in high school. Through mentorship, the foundation develops and assists a cohort of students in college.

Earlier this month, President Briggs was named one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund. Briggs was selected for his prominent and influential role in leadership and effectiveness in moving an institution forward.

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About the Educate ME Foundation, Inc.
Educate ME Foundation, Inc. is a social enterprise determined to increase the number of men and women of color in the field of education. The organizaion seek to change the education system by creating a continuum for men and women of color to grow, achieve, and succeed from high school to career. For more information, visit www.edcomhq.com.

Dr. Brenda A. Allen, president of Lincoln University

(WEST CHESTER, PA) – Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen will address the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Roundtable on January 26 at 6 p.m.

President Allen will share how she leads through a crisis and the ability to persist. Attendees will have time to engage with each other in several breakout sessions.

As Lincoln University’s 14th president, Allen has been aggressively implementing a strategic plan designed to ensure Lincoln’s place among great liberal arts institutions. The plan builds upon the university’s strong legacy of using the liberal arts as the vehicle for producing world leaders who are globally engaged and committed to social justice.

The GWCC Women’s Roundtable Series, sponsored by Miles Financial Management, Inc., connects attendees with extraordinary female speakers from the Greater West Chester regions and presents unique networking for professional women.

“Dr. Allen is an inspiring woman that has faced man challenges in her life head-on, and I, as well as many other, am eager to learn from her experiences,” said Melissa Hawes, Founder of Miles Financial Management, Inc. “We are happy to sponsor such a great and well-rounded series as the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Roundtable.”

The Women’s Roundtable event is open to members and non-members; registration is required. Registration is $10 for Greater West Chester Chamber of Commence members and $20 for non-member. Those who want to attend but can’t afford to may select the complimentary ticket option.

Click here to register

“The chamber is proud to feature Dr. Allen as this month’s Women’s Roundtable speaker,” said Dave Fairman, interim President of GWCC. “Her inspirational story will certainly resonate with our guest.”

Earlier this month, President Allen was named one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund. Allen was selected for her prominent and influential role in leadership and effectiveness in moving an institution forward.

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About Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commence (GWCC) is a membership-based not-for-profit business organization, centrally located in the heart of Chester County, PA. GWCC is devoted to serving businesses, entrepreneurs, and consumers in the greater West Chester region by providing advocacy, resources, and opportunities to its member and the community. For more information, visit https://greaterwestchester.com.