President’s Board of Advisors (PBA) on HBCUs

The Board issues an Annual Federal Plan for Assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the President on participation by HBCUs in federally-sponsored programs; provides advice to the Secretary of Education and makes recommendations in reports to the President on how to increase the private sector role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions. Members are appointed by the President and include representatives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, other institutions of higher education, business and financial institutions, private foundations, and secondary education.

Board Documents


Executive Order 13811-Continuation of Presidential Advisory Boards

Executive Order 13532


Board Resources

Annual Reports to the President

Results of Participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Federal Programs:

Studies on HBCUs

HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: This landmark study changes the narrative about HBCUs and details how much HBCUs support and make a difference in local, state and national job creation and economic development.  The UNCF report also includes HBCU-and state-specific data.

Department Releases Economic Impact Study: The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) defined the economic impact of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1976 to 2001: In September 2004, NCES released the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1976 to 2001, a report that presents a quarter-century of Historically Black Colleges and Universities trends.

Previous Meetings


President Trump Appointed Board Members

Johnny C. Taylor (Chairman), President and CEO, Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)

September 21, 2018- President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

President Obama Appointed Board Members
William R. Harvey (Chair), President, Hampton University

Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Dean of North Carolina Central School of Law (Appointed May 25, 2016)

Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University (Appointed May 5, 2016)

Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Demetria Henderson, alumna, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU)

Beverly Wade Hogan, President, Tougaloo College

Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO, ACT-1 Group (Appointed May 5, 2016)

Milton Irvin, Chair of the Advisory Board, Castle Oak Securities

Edward Lewis, Co-Founder, Essence Magazine

Lillian Lowery, President and CEO, FutureReady Columbus (Appointed May 25, 2016)

Ronald Mason, Jr., President, Southern University System

Renée Mauborgne, Co-Director, INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute and Affiliate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD

Helen T. McAlpine, President, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

Willie Pearson, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology

John Rice, Chief Executive Officer, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Dianne Boardley Suber, Former President, Saint Augustine’s University

Kenneth Tolson, Chief Executive Officer, Melvin B. Tolson Foundation

George B. Walker, Jr.,  Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers

David Wilson, President, Morgan State University

Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund (Appointed May 25, 2016)