About Us

In 2018 the HBCU Council of Past Presidents approached Clark Atlanta University about the possibility of establishing a program to prepare future HBCU Presidents. The CAU School of Education in collaboration with the Online Learning and Continuing Education office wrote a planning grant to develop the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute. With the support of our distinguished Advisory Board and the HBCU ELI Team, the program is ready to welcome our Inaugural Community of Fellows in May 2021.

The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute aims to establish a sustainable model for increasing the quality and supply of qualified candidates to serve as HBCU presidents and other executive level leaders. The Institute will support the design of a leadership development program that will focus on the preparation and development of HBCU presidents and executive leaders. The vision is to develop a performance-based leadership preparation program that will engage aspiring and new HBCU Presidents in an extended learning network that provides opportunities to practice and demonstrate proficiency in real time, in the real HBCU working environment.

The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute will address the following four components:

  1. Well-defined competency model (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) for effective HBCU leadership.
  2. A high-quality performance-based preparation program that engages participants in a combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences.
  3. A well-defined approach for recruitment of potential participants that includes selection criteria and protocols.
  4. A model for ongoing evaluation and support of aspiring and practicing HBCU leaders.

HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Advisory Board

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, (Chair) - Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, President Emeritus,
                                                    Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. Johnny Parham, (Co-chair) - Retired Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Dr. Thomas W. Cole, Jr. - President Emeritus, Clark Atlanta University, Former President, West Virginia State College
Mr. Errol Davis - Former Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, and Former Chancellor, University System of Georgia
Dr. Stephen Dolinger - President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Dr. Barbara Hatton, - Former President, Knoxville College; Former President, South Carolina State University
Dr. Fredrick Humphries - President Emeritus, Florida A&M University and President Emeritus, Tennessee State University
Dr. Ronald A. Johnson - Former President, Clark Atlanta University and Chairman of the Consumer Advisory Board,
                                                    US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Dr. George Ross - President Emeritus, Central Michigan University and Former President, Alcorn State University
Dr. Ruth Simmons - President, Prairie View A & M and Former President, Brown University
Mr. Richard Taylor - Founding Director, Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University, Former Vice President Development,
                                                    Fidelity Mutual Fund
Dr. J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Ex-Officio Board Member, Dean, School of Education, Clark Atlanta University




Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Ph.D.
HBCU ELI Project Consultant



J. Fidel Turner. Jr., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education


Mary A. Hooper, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, Online Learning and Continuing Education


Barbara Hill, Ed.D.
Associate Dean & Chair, Department of Educational Leadership 


Valerie Bennett, Ph.D.
Graduate Research Assistant


Kimberly Sellers-Bates, MPA
Institutional Advancement Research Manager


Cameron Randle, MBA
Staff Assistant

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