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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 13, 1994

The President today announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

Thomas A. Farrington, of Massachusetts, is President and Chief Executive Officer of IOCS Inc., an international computer products and services company. Mr. Farrington serves on the Board of Trustees for North Carolina A&T University, as well as the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense Education Fund and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Farrington graduated from North Carolina A&T University with a degree in electrical engineering.

Kassie Freeman, of Tennessee, is currently an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, a position she has held since 1992. Previously, Dr. Freeman was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University from 1991 to 1992; the Director of Planning and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees at Spelman College from 1989 to 1991; and a part-time professor at the Nashville Technical Institute from 1979 to 1981. Dr. Freeman obtained a diploma in Comparative Politics from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University in 1989.

William "Sonny" Walker, of Georgia, is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, a position he assumed in April of 1994. He is the former Vice President of the National Alliance of Business, and was responsible for the Alliance's programs in eight Southeastern states. He was formerly appointed by Governor Winthrop Rockefeller to be Director of the Arkansas Economic Opportunity Office, and was a Regional Director of the U.S. Community Services Administration. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bennett College, Chair of the Mayor's Committee on Employment and a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Mr. Walker obtained a B.A. from the AM&N/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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 their viability.