HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Program Description


HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Program Description

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.


“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.”


HBCU Executive Leadership Institute Contacts

Clark Atlanta University
Clement Hall Room 110
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404)-880-8500


Dean Turner

Dr. J. Fidel Turner. Jr.,
Dean, School of Education



Cameron Randle, MBA
Staff Assistant

HBCU Executive Leadership Advisory Board

  • Louis W. Sullivan (Chair)- Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Johnny Parham (Co-chair)- Retired Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Fund
  • Thomas Cole- President Emeritus, Clark Atlanta University, Former President, West Virginia State College
  • Errol Davis- Former Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, and Former Chancellor of the University System of Georgia
  • Stephen Dolinger- President, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • Joel Harrell- Special Advisor and Former Deputy Director, School Experience Group, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Dept of 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
  • Ronald Johnson- Former President, Clark Atlanta University and Chairman of the Consumer Advisory Board of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Walter Kimbrough- President, Dillard University and Former President, Philander Smith College
  • George Ross- President Emeritus, Central Michigan University and Former President, Alcorn State University
  • Ruth Simmons- President, Prairie View A & M and Former President, Brown University
  • Richard Taylor- Founding Director of the Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University, Former Vice President for Development for the Fidelity Mutual Fund
  • J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Ex-Officio Board Member, Dean, School of Education, Clark Atlanta University