The White House has announced the appointments of several college presidents and business leaders to be members of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Among the appointees is Bennett College president Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins.
“I am honored to represent Bennett College by serving on the HBCU Advisory Board and thank President Trump for this prestigious appointment,” said Dawkins. “Bennett College, like the country’s other 101 accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has some needs that I am confident can be properly addressed by the federal government. I am glad that Bennett College was afforded the chance to have a seat at the table for this very important advisory board.”
Other appointees include:
- Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, president of Bowie State University
- James E. Clark, president of South Carolina State University
- Dr. Rodney A. Ellis, chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport
- Dr. Marshall C. Grigsby, president and CEO of Grigsby & Associates LLC
- Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, president of Talladega College
- Jerry M. Hunter, director of Simmons First National Corporation
- Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T University
- Nickolas “Nick” Justice, executive director of PowerAmerica at NC State University
- Bernard J. Milano, president and trustee of the KPMG Foundation and KPMG Disaster Relief Fund
- Dr. Connie Rath, vice chair of Gallup and dean of Gallup Education
- Kevin Wilson Williams of Tennessee.
The board will serve to assist the President and the Secretary of Education on improving the “identity, visibility and distinctive capabilities and overall competitiveness of HBCUs” and engaging different communities in a national conversation regarding new HBCU programs and initiatives, according to Bennett College News.