APPOINTMENT OF DR. JOHN SILVANUS WILSON JR. TO LEAD WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HBCUS
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August 10, 2009
Statement from Dwayne Ashley, CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund on the Appointment of Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. to lead White House Initiative on HBCUs
HBCU Alumni chosen to represent as liaison between administration and nation’s 105 historically black colleges and universities
NEW YORK – Dwayne Ashley, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) offered today congratulatory remarks on the appointment of Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. as executive director for the White House’s Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). His post will serve as the chief conduit between the President and the nation’s HBCUs.
“Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr. brings long history of commitment to HBCUS to his new role and vast understanding of the Higher Education landscape said Dwayne Ashley. “As we move forward in times of challenge and a changing educational landscape, I am confident that his innovative thinking will be an asset to the HBCU community.”
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 47-member public colleges and universities represent 80 percent of students that attend HBCUs and 45 percent of entering freshmen are the first in their families to attend college. Moreover, 90 percent of students require some form of financial assistance to reach their dreams of earning a college degree.
About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization.