UNCF Reflects on the Late Dr. George Cooper

Statement by Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO of UNCF

“Dr. George Cooper was truly a genuine man, a gentleman, and a giant—in words and in deed—a man of conviction and a powerful advocate for HBCUs. His work ensured that minority students would have an accessible and affordable pathway to college. As an HBCU alumnus, HBCU faculty member, HBCU president at South Carolina State University, and then a leader on behalf of HBCUs at the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, he committed his life to serving students. He was a friend to UNCF who will be greatly missed by us and by all of our 37 member presidents.”