Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D.

Baltimore, MD – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed Anthony Jenkins, Ph.D., as the next president of Coppin State University beginning May 26, 2020, according to the University.

Dr. Jenkins has served as President of West Virginia State University (WVSU), a historically Black land-grant research university near Charleston, W.V., since July 2016. He will succeed Maria Thompson, who was appointed to the CSU presidency in 2015 and announced in January that she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Mickey Burnim has been leading the institution as interim president since Dr. Thompson stepped down.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jenkins as president of Coppin State University,” said Linda Gooden, USM Board of Regents Chair. “He has demonstrated a clear track record of success on the West Virginia State campus – especially impressive are the global partnerships he has established with higher education institutions in areas such as Africa, Mexico, and the People’s Republic of China. The USM board is delighted to have such an accomplished leader to guide Coppin. This appointment is a critical one, not just for the University System of Maryland but for the greater Baltimore region and beyond. Coppin State University is a vital institution in the City of Baltimore and our state.”

Under President Jenkins’ leadership, WVSU has experience enrollment growth at the undergraduate, graduate, and online levels. He fostered this growth through the university’s first nursing and engineering programs, the “WVSU Loyalty Program” and the “Straight 2 STATE” initiative. These innovative programs promoted partnerships with state high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges to boost enrollment. To bolster student success, Dr. Jenkins created the “Yellow Jacket Bridge to Success Program” and the “Registration Celebration” initiative, driving WVSU’s retention rate to a five-year high.

Dr. Jenkins begin his path to higher education first as a United State Army veteran and first-generation college graduate of Fayetteville State University. He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech University. His higher education administrative experience includes services at institutions such as UNC-Wilmington, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and the University of Central Florida.

“I am honored that the University System of Maryland Board of Regents has appointed me to be the next president of Coppin State University,” said Jenkins. “This is an exciting opportunity to guide a university with a strong legacy and do so at an important time for the City of Baltimore, where Coppin is so integral to the city’s continued vibrancy and success.”

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About Coppin State University

Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a multi-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The university fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and economic development. For more information, visit www.coppin.edu.

Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr. appointed as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at DTC.

DENMARK, S.C. – Denmark Technical College announces the hiring of Dr. Willie L. Todd Jr., as Vice President of academic affairs and student services, effective July 29.

In this role, he will oversee both the academic programming as well as the student experience within the college. Todd formerly served as the provost and Vice President for academic affairs at Wiley College.

Todd’s interest in coming to DTC was a result of his commitment to working with HBCU students to make a difference in their lives. He also saw the racially and culturally diverse mix of rural and urban students that DTC services as an exciting opportunity.

“I chose Denmark Tech as my new home because I support the mission and vision of the college. I understand the impact that schools like DTC have on the lives of families all across this great nation. Denmark Technical College is well poised to meet the needs of our constituents as we prepare them to lead locally, regionally, nationally, and globally,” said Todd.

Todd has extensive record in higher education, including vice provost and associate vice provost at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.; executive director of student affairs, director of leadership and student development, undergraduate program coordinator and professor at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.; adjunct professor at Georgia State a university at Perimeter College, Decatur, Ga.; adjunct professor at Dalton College, and director of the Developmental Students Writing Laboratory at Albany State University, Albany, Ga.

Todd earned a bachelor of arts in English and a master of education in English Education both from Albany State University; a master of education in higher education administration (student affairs’ concentration) from Regent University; and a doctor of philosophy in English from Georgia State University.

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About Denmark Technical College

Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year technical college located in rural Bamberg County in South Carolina. The college annually serves approximately 2,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non traditional, full-time and part-time. Denmark Technical College is the only technical college in the State of South Carolina with on-campus housing. For more information, visit www.denmarktech.edu.

Dr. Santarvis N. Brown, Ed.D., appointed as the next Chair of the Board of Directors at HBCU Campaign Fund.

CHICAGO, IL (July 27, 2019) – HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization is pleased to announce the appointment of Santarvis N. Brown, Ed.D, as the next Chair of the HCF Board of Directors.

Dr. Brown joined the Board as a member on December 1, 2017. He succeeds Demetrius Johnson Jr., who served as interim Chair of the Board since 2015 and will continue to assume his duties as President and CEO of the organization.

A passionate executive leader in higher education, Dr. Brown has over 15 years of stellar organizational leadership and brings experience in board governance to HCF. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Miami Regional University in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Santarvis Brown as the Chair of the Board of Directors. I am sincerely confident that he will lead growth for our Board at HCF,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “He is an experienced leader and dedicated member of our organization who brings with him tremendous leadership and governance skills that will prove invaluable as we continue to move forward as an organization to campaign for HBCUs.”

Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Florida Memorial University; A Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Liberty University; A Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University; A Master of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Administration from California Coast University. He also serves as the pastor of St. Stephens AME Church in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Additionally, Dr. Brown serves with the Miami Dade County Community Action Agency Board and the Nuisance Abatement Board of Miami Gardens. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and initiative programming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). HCF advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

Dr. Jarrus Hardrick earned the permanent post after serving as interim president since July 2018.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FMU’s Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Jaffus Hardrick as its 14th president, effective immediately. The Board originally tapped Hardrick to serve as interim president in July 2018. During the institution’s annual Founders’ Day observance, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert, III boldly declared, “Something is happening at Florida Memorial University. There is new energy and it is exciting.”

The same sentiments have been shared by many key leaders throughout South Florida and the country. Many have expressed support for and have endorsed Hardrick as the right leader for FMU.

“Dr. Hardrick is an ambitious and visionary leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student success and academic excellence throughout his career,” said Attorney JoLinda Herring, chair of FMU’s Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience and we want to continue the momentum. It is truly a new day at FMU.”

According to a press release by the University, an award-winning academic executive, Hardrick comes to South Florida’s only historically black university with more than twenty years of experience in higher education. He worked for more than ten years at Florida International University (FIU) where he served as vice provost for Access and Success and vice president of Human Resources. Under Hardick’s leadership, FIU earned national recognition from Forbes, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other organizations. Prior to FMU, he worked at Baylor University for twelve years serving as assistant provost for Academic Affairs and vice president of Human Resources.

“I thank God for the opportunity to serve and lead FMU to the next level of academic excellence and national prominence. Under my leadership, FMU will be fully integrated into the greater community and focus on preparing students to compete in the global marketplace, transition to rigorous graduate and professional schools, or develop their own enterprises,” said President Hardrick. “Our five strategic principles will help us continue to transform ourselves and our community.”

“A healthy and prosperous FMU is good for our diverse student body and great for this community. We cannot do this work alone. I am inviting the entire community to support our students and help us close the resource gaps that create barriers to graduation.”

Since assuming the role as FMU’s interim president, the Hardrick Administration has accomplished the following, among other things, which has made a difference:

  • Expanded donor pool and raised more than $1.7 million in less than a year;
  • Hosted 50th anniversary gala celebrating FMU’s five decades in South Florida;
  • Secured a partnership with CareerSource South Florida to established a career services center;
  • Expanded micro-credential and vocational opportunities;
  • Approved the development of two healthcare-oriented degree programs;
  • Strengthened FMU’s Division of Academic Affairs and the university’s student engagement infrastructure; and
  • Expanded student internship opportunities with various city and federal agencies.

Hardrick is an HBCU alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a master’s in Education in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University; and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Baylor University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a board member of the Florida Education Fund, Inc., and is an active participant in several other organizations. His scholarship has been published in the Association of Public and Land-Grant University, Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is also co-author of Making Global learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus).

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ABOUT FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically black institution that offers 28 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide an academic education solid foundation built upon the pillars of leadership, character, and service. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. For more information, visit www.fmuniv.edu.

Dr. Gaddis Faulcon pictured as Interim President of Shaw University at the time.

RALEIGH, NC – The Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s University announced the appointment of Dr. Gaddis Faulcon as the interim president for the University on Tuesday, March 12. This appointment is effective immediately. This decision coincides with the beginning of former President Everett Ward’s retirement.

“At this time of significant positive momentum surrounding the next phase of the University evolution, the Board of Trustees has determined there is a need to launch the formal transition and search process for the new President,” said Hilton Smith, Board of Trustees Chairman. “We are pleased that Dr. Gaddis Faulcon, our 1974 alumnus, has agreed to lead our transition team. He brings the passion and previous experience serving in this pivotal role.”

Faulcon recently served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at Saint Augustine’s University. He also led Shaw University as its interim president from 2014 to 2015. Faulcon, who joined the faculty at Shaw in 1998, has 30 years of experience in higher education and has previously served in several administrative roles. In addition to his roles at Saint Augustine’s and Shaw University, he served as acting executive director for Northeastern North Carolina Tomorrow, Inc. at Elizabeth City State University.

Faulcon earned a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education from Saint Augustine’s University; an M.R.R/M.P.A. in recreation resources management and public administration; and an Ed.D. in higher education and public administration both from North Carolina State University.

“I am truly honored to be asked to lead my alma mater at this crucial time in our 152-year history and look forward to working with all those who are committed to writing our next great chapter together,” said Faulcon.

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PRINCESS ANNE, MD – The University System of Maryland (USM) announced the appointment of Dr. Heidi M. Anderson as the next president, on Tuesday, of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), effective September 1, 2018.

Anderson replaces Dr. Juliette Bell, who stepped down July 1. Former Bowie State University President Mickey Burnim recently was appointed to lead UMES on an interim basis.

According to a press release by the university system, Anderson, who holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration, brings nearly two decades of higher education leadership success to the role. As former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2015-2017, she managed a $35 million budget and oversaw 22 academic departments, 10 centers and institutes and more than 40 academic majors. She guided the creation of new degrees in areas from computer science and engineering to clinical mental health counseling. She also was actively involved with the team responsible for the design and construction of a new $60 million music facility.

In September 2017, Anderson took on the role of Special Advisor to the President, from which she led and completed a plan for a new College of Allied Health Professions and helped guide the creation of the TAMUKIngsville programs in the new University System Center near the flagship Texas A&M University-College Station.

“The Board of Regents and I are pleased to welcome Heidi Anderson as the new president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” said USM Chancellor Robert L. Caret. “Everyone we spoke the described Heidi as a visionary, dynamic, inspirational and trusted leader who fosters strong, collaborative and collegial teams, and who values transparency, integrity, and shared governance.”

“In provostial and vice-presidential roles on campuses varied as Texas A&M University Kingsville, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and the University of Kentucky, Heidi has helped grow student enrollment, lead successful fundraising campaigns, create research opportunities for faculty, improve the student experience, and bolster connections with local communities, all the while demonstrating sound fiscal stewardship,” said Caret. “Beyond these measurable attributes, we were equally impressed by her passion and energy for supporting students, for the UMES mission, and for actively driving positive change. Heidi Anderson will be an excellent and transformative leader for UMES.”

“I am thrilled to be appointed the 16th leader of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” Anderson said. “I embrace UMES’ focus on high-quality teaching and on producing knowledgeable citizens capable of leading and competing regionally, nationally and globally. As a first-generation student, I’m particularly impressed by the university’ strong emphasis on student success.”

“I had the opportunity recently to visit the campus on my own and to speak directly with several students,” Anderson continued. “What I learned about and from them touched me deeply. I look forward to helping support these smart, talented young scholars achieve the bright futures they have earned through their dedication and hard work.”

From 2013 to 2015, Anderson served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. As the university’s chief academic officer, she manged a $37 million budget, launched a faculty development initiative to improve retention rates and helped guide the construction of a $26 million Integrated Professional Education Complex, as well as the design of a 426-bed residence hall. She also led initiatives that increased African-American (28.4%) and American Indian (1000%) enrollment to record levels.

As Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness from 2011 to 2013 and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2006 to 2011 at the University of Kentucky, Anderson managed a $25 million budget and created and led new policies, practices and programs for faculty recruitment, appointment, promotion and retention. She also served that institution as Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and as a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

Before her time in Kentucky, Anderson chaired and served as a professor in the Pharmacy Care System Department at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She was also an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy.

Anderson earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration, M.S. in Education and B.S. in Pharmacy at Purdue University. Among many other honors and professional service affiliations, she has served as President and Vice President of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. She is also the author or co-author of scores of refereed publications, as well as professional articles, abstracts and book chapters.

 

About the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 by Methodist Episcopal Church elders as a private school on 16 acres in Princess Anne.

Today, UMES balnce their heritage as a historically black, public research institution that has grown into a 1,100-arce campus with the mission to serve a diverse student body representing nearly three dozen nations. UMES offers undergraduate degrees in 38 disciplines and another 16 distinctive graduate programs. UMES provide today’s college student ample opportunity to develop into a well-rounded individual capable to assuming leadership in society.

For more information, visit www.umes.edu.

CHICAGO, IL – HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces the appointment of Ro’chelle Williams and R. Wayne Woodson as new Board of Director serving members. The appointments were effective as of June 1.

Mr. Ro’chelle Williams

Ro’chelle Williams is an alumnus of Toulagoo College. He currently serves as Executive Confidential/COS to the Deputy Executive Director at the National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional employee organization; he manages the day-to-day operations of the office of the deputy executive director.

Previously, as Associate Director, Ro’chelle managed the day-to-day structure of Brazile & Associates, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. In this role, worked under the managing director, Donna Brazile to build partnerships with outside entities and providing strategic communication advisement. Earlier, he rose through the ranks at the Democratic National Committee and Capitol Hill.

Ro’chelle holds a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Tougaloo College. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Tougaloo College National Alumni Association, the Cassius L. Rudolph Foundation, and the Washington Area Tougaloo Area Chapter.

Ro’chelle hopes to bring his development and fundraising skills to the board. He has helped raise funds for not only his alma mater Tougaloo College but also scholarship boards throughout the country. He also brings his networking skills to the board as well. His network is extremely large and extensive, especially in the HBCU circle. He has worked with leaders from UNCF, TMCF, and NAFEO to help continue to bring awareness to the nation HBCU’s and the significance.

Mr. R. Wayne Woodson

R. Wayne Woodson is an alumnus of Morehouse College. With over 14 years of leadership, management and instructional experience within higher education and the non-profit sector. Woodson currently serves as the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia where he oversees and manages all departments within Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, which include Admissions, Retention, Student Engagement, Student Leadership, Counseling, Career Services, Title IX, Intramural Sports and Residence Life.

Previously, Woodson has served as Chair of Enrollment Management and Chief of Staff; Executive Director for the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia; Assistant Director, Men’s Chorus and Choral Department Assistant, Director of Education and Community Outreach at The Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Florida; and Program Assistant at the Boston Children’s Chorus in Bostin, Massachusetts; to name a few.

Woodson holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music from Morehouse College. He is currently seeking a Doctoral in Philosophy in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University.

Woodson brings his experience in both marketing and fundraising as well as higher education leadership. His Ph.D. work focuses on HBCU Enrollment Management with an emphasis on Black Male Achievement.

“We are pleased to welcome these two accomplished leaders joining our board as we continue to expand our mission to assist in addressing new challenges that are facing our nation HBCU’s as well as our organization,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder and Chairman of the Board at HBCU Campaign Fund. “They bring expert experience across a wide range of areas in higher education and financial services to the board, and their expertise and perspective will be invaluable as we seek new opportunities to diver value to our nation HBCU and PBI institutions. I know they’ll be excellence asset to HCF’s mission as the organization continues to assist in sustaining the future success of academic excellence.”

HCF is currently seeking more interested individuals for its Board of Directors. The interested person must have experience in non-profit boards, some or experience expertise in fundraising, event planning, and is a team player to the mission of HCF with interest in education, HBCU’s, recruitment and initiatives. The application is postmarked no later than Monday, July 9, 2018, by 11:59 PM and must be in PDF format submitted with your current resume/CV to djohnsonjr@hbcucampaignfund.org. Please write ‘HCF Board Application’ in the subject line.

For more information on how to become involved, download the application by clicking here.

To see the full list of HCF’s Board of Directors, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org/aboutus/boardofdirectors/.

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About HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

Dr. Lily D. McNair

TUSKEGEE, AL – Tuskegee University has announced Dr. Lily D. McNair will become the university’s eighth president after being unanimously selected by its Board of Trustees. She will serve as the first female president in its 136-year history. McNair currently is provost and Senior Vice President for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York City. She will begin her duties at Tuskegee on July 1, 2018.

“When we launched our presidential search last October, our goal was to identify someone who could champion both Tuskegee’s historic legacy and her place in the future of higher education,” said John E. Page, chair of Tuskegee’s Board of Trustees. “Our Board of Trustees is confident that Dr. McNair brings to Tuskegee the precise skill set required to ensure we continue thriving as one of the nation’s leading HBCUs.”

According to the university, since 2011, McNair has served as the second-ranking executive of Wagner College – a private college of 2,200 students located on New York City’s Staten Island. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. McNair’s higher education career includes other academic, research and executive appointments at Spelman College, University of Georgia, and the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Vassar College.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. McNair holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

McNair’s appointment follows a six-month national presidential search that began on Oct. 18, 2017. During that time, and in partnership with the search firm Isaacson, Miller, the Presidential Search Committee conducted listening sessions with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni; administrated a stakeholder survey to garner additional opinions about the requirements qualifications and opportunities for the university’s eighth president; and evaluated more than 150 prospective candidates, narrowing the field to a small group who were interviewed in person.

Since Tuskegee University’s founding in 1881, it has been under the leadership of seven presidents – the first of which was Booker T. Washington, who led the institution from 1881 to 1915. McNair will succeed interim president Charlotte P. Morris, whose 35-year tenure with the university has included two terms as interim president – the most recent of which began on July 1, 2017.

The university’s presidential search webpage provides additional information about McNair, as well as details about the presidential search process.