UNCF Congratulates Appointees to the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint 13 members to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). While UNCF congratulates everyone appointed to this board, we are especially proud to announce that the appointees below are either presidents of UNCF-member institutions or members of the UNCF Board of Directors.

  • Dr. Phyllis Dawkins, President, Bennett College
  • Dr. Billy Hawkins, President, Talladega College
  • Dr. Ronald Johnson, President, Clark Atlanta University
  • Kevin Williams, Vice Chairman, UNCF Board of Directors

Members of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs are responsible for submitting recommendations to the president regarding the participation of HBCUs in federal government programs and informing the Secretary of Education on how to increase the role of the private sector in strengthening HBCUs, among other duties.

UNCF looks forward to working with the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.



About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”® Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities. Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter @UNCF.