JACKSON, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the appointment of Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College, to the State Capitol Commission West Tennessee citizen seat. Governor Lee also announced Finance & Administration Commissioner Butch Eley will serve as the commission chairman, filling Stuart McWhorter’s vacancy.

“Dr. Hampton is a thoughtful leader of a respected Tennessee Institution and I am pleased to appoint him to the State Capitol Commission,” said Gov. Lee. “I thank him for accepting this role and his willingness to serve his fellow Tennesseans.”

Since 2014, Dr. Hampton has served as the President of Lane College, a Christian Methodist Episcopal Church affiliated institution. He received his doctorate of higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master’s degree in student personnel services from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Arkansas Tech University. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership in Education. Before UALR, Hampton held positions at Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Central Arkansas.

Prior to coming to Lane College, Hampton served in numerous student services capacities at UALR. His most recent appointment at UALR was Vice Provost for Student Affairs. In this position, Dr. Hampton served as the chief student affairs officer and led the student development and student life programs, including judicial affairs, budgetary and administrative services. In addition to working as a higher education administrator, Hampton was a member of the Board of Trustees for Arkansas Baptist College.

More information on the State Capitol Commission can be found here.

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Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College

On Thursday (June 4), the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing titled, “COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely.” The purpose of the hearing was to explore the current challenges and implications of dedications that leaders of institutions of higher education are making as they develop plans to safely reopen colleges and universities this fall. The Committee was interested in hearing recommendations for how colleges and universities could effectively coordinate with state and local public health officials and take into consideration the needs of all students when reopening in August.

Dr. Logan Hampton, President of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, served as a witness representing the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Lane College was founded in 1882 by a former slave, Bishop Isaac Lane of the Colored Methodist Church. The College serves as a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institution. In his testimony, he highlighted the following needs of the HBCU community for the next stimulus bill to be passed by Congress:

  • An increase in grant aid for students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant award that will help our low-income student properly afford higher education given the negative impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19);
  • Funding to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff prior to re-opening the campus that includes effective COVID-19 testing resources;
  • The need to provide liability protection for HBCUs, and all institutions of higher education, that will allow these institutions to have clear guidelines to confidently remain in compliance and out of fear of frivolous lawsuits;
  • The removal of $62 million cap for the HBCU Capital Financing loan program to allow HBCUs to benefit from the deferment in payments of principal and interest during the full period of the COVID-19 national emergency;
  • The creation of a technology fund to allow institutions and students to access broadband. This fund would supplement any additional funding received by HBCUs that will focus narrowly on broadband support;
  • The ability of HBCUs, and all institutions of higher education, to be eligible for both the Paycheck Protection Program Loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans at the Small Business Administration regardless of the number of employees; and
  • The need to allow all institutions of higher education to be eligible to receive loans in the Main Street Lending Program created by the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve System.

A video of the hearing can be viewed here.

Read the testimony delivered by Dr. Hampton here.

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Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs daily, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. Logan Hampton, Tenth President of Lane College

Dr. Logan Hampton, 10th President of Lane College

Dr. Logan Hampton was named the 10th President of Lane College on June 12, 2014. Since assuming his presidency, Dr. Hampton led the campus to strengthen its brand and Christian ethos, approve associate degrees, expand online course offerings, establish a more conventional student residential community with a robust first year experience program, and improve the arts, recreation and athletic facilities.

Prior to joining Lane College, Dr. Hampton served in numerous student services capacities at UALR, University of Central Arkansas, Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University. At UALR he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the chief student affairs officer, and as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education. While at UALR, Dr. Hampton was chosen by the students as Administrator of the Year and Staff of the Year. He was also presented the Brother’s Keeper Leadership Award for his work in co-founding the African American Male Initiative.

Active in the college, community and church, Dr. Hampton serves on the Board of Directors for National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the Board of Trustees for West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, Jackson, TN. In addition to working as a higher education administrator, Dr. Hampton is an ordained elder in full connection of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He served twenty-four years as a pastor in the Arkansas Region of the First Episcopal District.

Dr. Hampton has a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). He earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, and he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology (minor in math) from Arkansas Tech University.

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About Lane College

Lane College, located in Jackson, Tennessee is a small private, co-educational, church-related institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. The College admits persons regardless color, sex, religion or national origin. Visit www.lanecollege.edu for more information.

About the 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.


JACKSON, TN – Lane College, a historically black college, located in Jackson, Tennessee announces ‘A Different World’ Actress Jasmine Guy as 2018 Homecoming Parade Marshal.

According to an press release by the university, Lane college is pleased to announced actor/dancer/director Jasmine Guys as the 2018 Lane College Homecoming Parade Marshal. Guy is best known for her portrayal of southern belle Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on the hit television series, “A Different World” from 1987 to 1993. The show, set at the fictional HBCU Hillman College is credited with re-introducing historically black colleges and universities to mainstream America. The Lane College Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, is one of the greatest highlights of homecoming for Jackson and the surrounding areas.

Guy continues to enjoy a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She starred on Broadway in the original productions of “Beehive and Leader of the Pack,” and reprised hit productions of “Grease,” “The Wiz,” and “Chicago” (as Velma Kelly). After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on “A Different World.” She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle.

She will next be seen later this year in “The Christmas Pact,” a Lifetime Original movie. Recently, she was seen as Aunt Nancy in the Syfy series “Superstition,” and as Professor Ella Grace in BET’s “The Quad.” She recently starred in “My Nephew Emmett,” nominated this year for the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), based on the true story of the 1955 murder of 14 year-old Emmett Louis Till in Mississippi.

Her other television performances include: “Melrose Place,” “NYPD Blue,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and “Living Single.” She was also recently seen in episodes of Disney’s “KC Undercover,” reunited once again with “A Different World” co-star Kadeem Hardison.

As a frequent motivational public speaker, Guy is called upon to share her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts.

She has traveled throughout the U.S. and appeared at more than 100 speaking engagements, addressing diverse audiences at colleges, universities, conventions, corporations, affinity groups, churches, high schools and countless charitable and fundraising events.

“I am grateful for my journey. It has been interesting, fun and exhilarating. I’ve learned a lot, but I am still growing, changing, exploring and learning. That’s what makes life truly exciting,” Guy said.

Applications for participation in the Lane College Homecoming Parade are available online at www.lanecollege.edu and on the campus in the J.K. Daniels Building.

Bennett College, Kentucky State University, Florida Memorial University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Oakwood University, St. Augustine’s University, Bluefield State College, Rust College, and Lane College are among the top universities in the south according to recently released 2017 U.S. News and World Report College Rankings.

Bennett College ranked #9, Kentucky State University ranked #16 (tied with Newberry College and Tennessee Wesleyan College), Florida Memorial University ranked #23 (tied with Keiser University, Lees-McRae College, Shorter University and Williams Baptist College), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ranked #42 (tied with College of Coastal Georgia and Warner University), Oakwood University ranked #47 (tied with North Carolina Wesleyan College), St. Augustine’s University ranked #49, Bluefield State College and Rust College ranked #52 (tied with Chipola College, and Georgia Gwinnett College), and Lane College ranked #56 (tied with Our Lady of Holy Cross College and University of Arkansas at Fort Smith).

This category is classified by regional colleges which is defined by its emphasis on undergraduate education while awarding less than half of its degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

“Congratulations to the following HBCU’s that are recognized by the U.S. News and World Report. It is a very distinct pleasure to know that those institutions are providing a quality education to future leaders that after leaving the campuses will take on the world by force using what knowledge that the HBCU’s provided with to the best of their abilities and providing services in making the world a better place.” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and Founder of HCF.

You can check out the full list of the Regional Colleges South Rankings as well as other rankings that HBCU institutions may have made by U.S. News and Report here.