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President Trump Appoints Chairman of the Board of Advisors for HBCUs

By Julien Virgin

February 28, 2018 - 10:26 am

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump introduced Johnny Taylor, Jr as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Taylor is the former President of the Thurgood Marshall College fund, a non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending HBCUs.

The announcement was made at a White House event, where the President and Taylor were accompanied by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, among others.

"This administration seeks to provide educational opportunities for all students, especially those underserved and marginalized," said DeVos adding, "HBCUs play a very important role in American education." 

A year ago, President Trump signed an Executive Order announcing the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.

That order subsequently required 31 government agencies to regularly interact and develop annual plans to “strengthen the capacity” of HBCUs.

The executive action will also help improve HBCUs’ participation in Federal programs which cultivate better opportunities in higher education.

According to the White House, the newly appointed Taylor will work in conjunction with Johnathan Holified, the executive director of President Trump's Initiative on HBCUs last year.