U.S. Secretary of Education appoints B-CU President Reed to national advisory board

March 25, 2010

bethune-cookman1.jpgU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, president of Bethune-Cookman University, to serve on the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Capital Financing Advisory Board.  Dr. Reed was notified of her appointment in a letter from Secretary Duncan dated March 17.
Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, the HBCU Capital Financing Program provides the nation’s historically black colleges and universities with access to financing to repair, renovate or construct campus buildings and infrastructure.    The HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Education on the best method of implementing the program and informs Congress of progress made towards the program’s goals. 
The panel meets with the Secretary of Education at least twice each year to discuss the capital needs of HBCU’s , ways to meet those needs through the HBCU Capital Financing Program, and additional steps to improve the program’s operations.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve on this prestigious panel alongside many of my fellow HBCU presidents,” noted President Reed.  “HBCU’s play a critical role in our nation’s system of higher education.  We must work together to ensure that all our sister institutions are able to upgrade their infrastructure to serve 21st century students. ”
Reed’s term begins immediately and will end on September 30, 2013.

Lincoln University to host HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition - Feb. 27

February 25, 2010


(Jefferson City, MO) -  Campus kings from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) from around the country will gather at Lincoln University this week for the 6th Annual Mr. HBCU Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition. 
Young men from ten schools will compete for the title of Mr. HBCU on Saturday, February 27 starting at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.  The competition is free and open to the public. 
Kings from Bowie State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Harris- Stowe University, Lincoln University (PA), North Carolina A&T State University, Talladega College, Tennessee State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Winston-Salem State University have registered for the competition. 
A three-day conference will be held prior to Saturday’s competition.  Kings will arrive Wednesday, February 24 and will attend leadership and personal growth sessions. 
The session speakers include Mr. Fonzworth Bentley, best known as the personal assistant to rapper and actor Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Dale Williams, the founder of Leadership for Queens, a leadership conference for HBCU Queens.  Bentley’s session is open to the public on Thursday, February 25, at 11 a.m. in Scruggs University Center Ballroom.    
The Mr. HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition was founded in 2005 by Benecia Spencer Williams, Vice President for University Advancement at Lincoln University.  The conference is held annually during Black History Month to celebrate the African American male in our HBCUs and across the globe.  The 6th Annual Mr. HBCU Leadership Conference and Competition continues the tradition of celebrating the importance and power of African American males joining together for positive causes.