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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 10, 1994

     The President Clinton today announced his intention to appoint the

following 13 individuals to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

Serving as chancellor of Fayetteville State University since 1988, Lloyd "Vic" Hackley has a wide range of experience in the field of higher education. Prior to his chancellorship, Dr. Hackley served as Vice President for Student Service and Special Programs for the University of North Carolina System and as president for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In addition to holding membership in a number of scholastic honor societies, Chancellor Hackley is a tenured professor in Political Science. Dr. Hackley, a graduate of Michigan State University, has also completed twenty years of military service in the United States Air Force. He will serve as Chair of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lucille Ish serves as the current Chairperson of Talledega Colleges' Board of Trustees. Ms. Ish worked extensively in the areas of health and social services as a former regional director for the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health. She also held positions with the Board of Health, West Side and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. An alumnae of Talladega College, Ms. Ish has received numerous honors that include the naming of Ish Hall at Talladega College, to recognize the contribution of the Ish family to the field of education. She holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration. Ms. Ish will serve as Vice-Chair of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

A native of Philadelphia, Robert Albright currently serves as the Executive Vice President for Programs, Research, Development, Field Services, and Teaching and Learning with the Educational Testing Service (ETS). His prior educational experience includes serving as president of Johnson C. Smith University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) located in Charlotte, N.C. and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Post Secondary Education. Albright is a graduate of Lincoln University and holds a Ph.D. from Kent State and an honorary degree of letters from Lenoir-Rhyne.

Oswald P. Bronson, Sr. currently serves as the President of his alma mater, Bethune Cookman College. Former president of Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Dr. Bronson is a educational and religious leader. In addition to serving as a pastor for over sixteen years, Dr. Bronson has lectured and taught in mission schools, churches, pastoral institutes and leadership training seminars. Serving and having served on a number of boards, Dr. Bronson has received numerous honors and holds a Ph.D from Northwestern University.

Ramona Hoage Edelin is the President and CEO of the National Urban Coalition, an urban action and advocacy organization founded in 1967. Dr. Edelin is a leading spokesperson on the education of children of color and the utilization of cultural connections in their education. As a graduate of Fisk University, Dr. Edelin has been a catalyst in bringing together and organizing leaders of the African American community. In addition, Dr. Edelin has published in a number of African American newspapers across the country. She holds a M.A. from the University of East Angia in Norwich, England and a Ph.D in Philosophy from Boston University.

Sebetha Jenkins, a graduate of Jackson State University, comes to the President's Board of Advisors as the current President of Jarvis Christian College. Prior to her role as Chief Administrator at Jarvis Christian College, she served in a number positions in the educational arena including serving as Coordinator of Title III programs for Coahmom Junior College and Assistant to the President and Director of Minority Affairs at the University of Akron. Dr. Jenkins holds a M.A. from Delta State University and a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.

As IBM Vice President and the President and CEO of IBM Federal Systems Company, Arthur E. Johnson, brings a wealth of business and technical experience. Mr. Johnson's career with IBM has been one of various managerial and technical assignments including a position as major government contractor. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and has training form Harvard Business School and MIT.

Adib Akmal Shakir, current president of Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, joins the Board of Advisors, with a strong academic and administrative background. In addition to his work at Tougaloo College, he also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bethune Cookman College and Instructor of Psychology at Florida A&M University. Mr. Shakir is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds a M.A. in Education from Norfolk State University and a Ph.D from Florida State University.

As the first female head of a Louisiana public college or university, Dolores Spikes currently serves as the President of the Southern University System. As a graduate of Southern University at Baton Rouge, Dr. Spikes joined the faculty of Southern University as an assistant professor of mathematics and eventually served as Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans. In addition to her long time affiliation with the Southern University System, Dr. Spikes holds many awards, honors and memberships including Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Ford Foundation Fellow, National Science Foundation Fellow and Outstanding Alumnus of the Century (Southern University). Ms. Spikes holds and has held memberships on a number of boards including American Council on Education, NAFEO and the HBCU Capitol Financing Board.

Arthur E. Thomas is President of Central State University in Wilberforce , Ohio. Previously, Dr. Thomas served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central State and as Director for the Boinga Center at Wright State University. He is the recipient of a 1984 NEA Carter G. Woodson Award and an Operation Push 1982 Outstanding Educator Award. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa and National Alliance of Black School Educators, Dr. Thomas has served on a number of boards including NAFEO's Board of Directors and the U.S. Department of Interior's Advisory Committee on HBCUs. Dr. Thomas is also the author of Like It Is and co-author of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Irreplaceable National Treasure.

As Vice President-Program for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Valora Washington provides administrative leadership in the area of education. In addition to previously holding a number of faculty and administrative posts, Ms. Washington has published and co-authored four books and over 40 journal articles. She serves as secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children; on the Governor's Michigan 2000 Commission, as co-chair of the Steering Committee for Michigan's Children, and as a board member of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education. Dr. Washington received her B.A. from Michigan State University and an honorary doctor of Humane Letters from Bennett College. Dr. Washington obtained her Ph.D from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Currently serving as President and CEO of William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bernard C. Watson has served as an educator as a teacher, counselor, principal and Academic Vice President of Temple University. In addition to previous presidential appointments under the Johnson and Carter administrations, Dr. Watson serves or has served as trustee or board member of many organizations including the National Urban Coalition and the National Urban League. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Watson has been the recipient of numerous honors. Dr. Watson received his B.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

As an active member of North Carolina's educational community, Barbara D. Wills-Duncan currently serves on the North Carolina University System's Board of Governors. Ms. Wills-Duncan has been active in the legislative and community development arenas of the state. As a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Ms. Wills-Duncan serves as a senior partner of B.D. Wills and Associates, a management/training and education consultant group as well as an administrator in state and local governments. Ms. Wills-Duncan also holds a M.A. from University of Chicago in Social Services Administration.

The President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities advises the President and the Secretary of Education on the development of a federal program designed to achieve an increase in the participation of historically black colleges and universities in federally sponsored programs; and advises on increasing the private sector role in strengthening historically black colleges and universities. Particular emphasis is given to facilitating technical, planning, and development advice to historically black colleges and universities, with the goal of ensuring long-term viability of such institutions.