Clark Atlanta University HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Hosts Initial Meeting


ATLANTA, GA – September 20, 2019 Clark Atlanta University today announced that the School of Education will be hosting the first advisory board meeting for the Clark Atlanta University HBCU Executive Leadership Institute, September 23, 2019. Funded by a planning grant from the Rich Foundation, the 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 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 purpose of the convening of the Advisory Board is to complement the work of the staff of the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute. The advisory board serves as an invaluable resource in the development of the HBCU ELI program. The individual and combined experiences of the advisory board members will be leveraged in program development, administration, and fund-raising.

The following leaders from historically black institutions and organizations are expected to be in attendance:

  • Louis Sullivan, president emeritus, Morehouse College of Medicine; Former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
  • Johnny Parham Jr., retired executive director, Thurgood Marshall Fund
  • Stephen Dolinger, president, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • Barbara Hatton, former president, Knoxville College; former president, South Carolina State University
  • Fredrick Humphries, president emeritus, Florida A&M University and president Emeritus, Tennessee State University
  • Walter Kimbrough, president, Dillard University and former president, Philander Smith College
  • Ruth Simmons, president, Prairie View A & M and former president, Brown University
  • George Ross, president emeritus, Central Michigan University and former president, Alcorn State University



“The talent of the new HBCU president includes a personality and gift for raising money for the university while maintaining the traditional connection to the political community while maintaining vital connections with faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said J. Fidel Turner, Dean, School of Education and co-principal investigator of the planning grant with Dr. Mary A. Hooper. “The Executive Leadership Institutes is a vehicle to prepare our up and coming presidents.”


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