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Clark Atlanta University Launches Executive Leadership Institute for the Next Generation of HBCU Presidents

ATLANTA April 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, Clark Atlanta University and higher education stakeholders announced the launch of the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at CAU. The groundbreaking initiative will serve as an incubator to recruit and develop future presidents of more than 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The first program of its kind, ELI, will help preserve and strengthen the HBCU as a hub for education, opportunity, and betterment in the black community. The effort is supported by The Rich Foundation, Inc., Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Toyota, Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), and a distinguished group of business leaders, educators, and philanthropists. Interested participants can submit their application online from April 15, 2021 .


ELI's robust curriculum will immerse qualified candidates in the various components of effective HBCU leadership. This includes operations, budgeting, alumni relations, fundraising and development, as well as board governance and human resource management. Scheduled to begin in spring 2021, ELI's best program will support the entire HBCU ecosystem. Through a virtual platform, inaugural participants will also receive ongoing training and mentoring from former HBCU leaders. The program seeks to identify qualified candidates to fill vacant HBCU presidencies and other executive leadership positions.

"HBCUs have a clear value proposition and continue to be the champion of black excellence in all sectors of business and society. Through ELI, we are committed to identifying dynamic leaders who can promote the growth and sustainability of our business institutions. higher education, "said Dr. George T. French Jr. president of Clark Atlanta University . "We invite industry leaders, from Silicon Valley and Wall Street to nonprofits, government, higher education and the creative class, to apply and be a part of history."

Dr. Louis Sullivan president emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine former US Secretary of Health and Human Services visionary program that emerged from the Council of Past Presidents to cement future fellows in specific HBCU competencies. "

Before the civil rights movement, the HBCUs offered African Americans one of their only avenues to obtain a college degree. These institutions helped blacks pursue professional careers earn graduate degrees and advance their education.

According to UNCF, HBCUs disproportionately enroll low-income, first-generation, and poorly educated college students, thanks to lower enrollment rates and lower education. diverse and inclusive environment. HBCUs continue to equip black students to compete globally, become entrepreneurs, and close the wealth gap in the United States by accumulating above-average family income. In fact, while HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation's colleges and universities, they produce nearly 20 percent of all black graduates, 50 percent of America's black public school teachers and attorneys and 80 percent of the country's black judges.

UNCF also reports that HBCUs are responsible for producing more than one-third of all black PhDs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). HBCUs are among the top 10 producers of college students eventually earning a Ph.D. in science and engineering and also represent a large portion of medical school applicants.

"As someone who has experienced the unique challenges of leading an HBCU, I think ELI is a real game changer," said Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins former president of Bennett College and Project Director of the HBCU ELI in CAU. "By filling the portfolio with qualified candidates, we can accelerate development and improve student outcomes, while preserving the rich heritage that makes HBCUs so special."

About the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI at CAU)
ELI equips high-potential leaders with tools and strategies that support the education and business goals of more than 100 historically African-American colleges and universities (HBCU). Through ELI, the HBCU's ability to survive and thrive is enhanced. In addition to awarding thousands of degrees each year, the HBCU also have illustrious alumni such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Oprah Winfrey and Vice President Kamala Harris among others . For program updates and to apply for the inaugural cohort, visit Join the conversation on social media @hbcueli; #hbcueli.

Approximately Clark Atlanta University
Established in 1988 by the historical consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869) . Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and a high-value commitment. CAU cultivates elevated lives that transform the world. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson ; American civil rights activist, poet and composer Levante Every voice and sing "The black national anthem"; Ralph David Abernathy Sr. American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris Award-winning American film and television producer; Kenny Leon Tony Award-winning Broadway director; Jacque Reid Emmy award-winning journalist and television personality; Brandon Thompson NASCAR vice president of diversity and inclusion; Valeisha Butterfield Jones Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Recording Academy. For more information on Clark Atlanta University visit

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