Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Earlier today, presidents and board chairs representing 27 Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) convened at Howard University to discuss the challenges specific to HBCUs and collaborative opportunities to advance our collective goals. All HBCU presidents and their board chairs were invited and we were very pleased with today’s turnout. The group formally adopted the name “HBCU Leadership Caucus.”

The convening afforded a unique occasion for the group to privately, openly and honestly discuss meaningful ways to address issues that impact all HBCUs, such as student success, student enrollment, financial matters and governance challenges. Leveraging joint knowledge and insights, we also had a rich dialogue about the future of HBCUs.

Today’s meeting was productive and advanced several opportunities for collaboration by the institutions that participated. While many HBCUs are often represented by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and the United Negro College Fund, the HBCU Leadership Caucus, comprised exclusively of presidents and board chairs, offered a rare opportunity to come together as a group and hold conversations that improve the state of all HBCUs.

The group has agreed to convene again next Spring and continue these vital conversations.


Excellence in Truth and Service,

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA