Ebony.com is reporting that U.S. President Barack Obama has named new leadership for the White House’s HBCU initiative. Former South Carolina State University president Dr. George E. Cooper has been named Executive Director of the Initiative and Howard University’s Dr. Ivory Toldson will serve as Deputy Director.
The author writes:
“Cooper and Toldson will work with the HBCU Board of Advisors—appointed by President Obama— serving as a bridge between the federal government and historically Black institutions of higher learning. They will also aid Secretary Arne Duncan by serving as an organ for HBCUs within the Department of Education, helping to develop policies and provide assistance schools, students and other key stakeholders.
President Obama has stated that by 2020, he wants America to again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. The HBCU initiative is intended to help increase both the number of Black graduates and help sustain the livelihood of these institutions.”
President Obama has been under fire for new student loan rules which many believe hurt African-American students, the bulk of whom graduate from HBCUs.