FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Joi Ridley, UNCF Communications Manager
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joi.ridley@uncf.org

UNCF COMMENDS NEW LEADERSHIP OF WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

WASHINGTON D.C. (September 12, 2013) -- UNCF (United Negro College Fund) congratulates former South Carolina State University President Dr. George E. Cooper and Dr. Ivory Toldson of Howard Universityon their appointments as executive director and deputy director, respectively, of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

From the Department of Education's announcement: "As part of the leadership team for the Initiative, both Cooper and Toldson will work with the presidentially appointed HBCU Board of Advisors and assist Secretary Arne Duncan as a liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs across the country. Cooper and Toldson will serve as the constant voice of the HBCU community at the Department of Education and help to shape policy and deploy resources to better serve the students, faculty and families of the greater HBCU community. They will also work with 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts."

UNCF looks forward to working closely with Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson. HBCUs today perform a critical role as they continue to provide college educations to students who, but for them, would not have the chance to earn undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The White House Initiative leadership and board of advisers were intended to be the champions of HBCUs within the White House, the Department of Education, the federal departments and agencies, and Congress. We will look to Dr. Cooper and Dr. Toldson to be strong, thoughtful advocates for HBCUs and their students on the critical issues and challenges that face these institutions that are so vital to our nation.

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