Trump Appoints HBCU Veteran Johnny C. Taylor Jr. To Lead HBCU Advisory Board

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. will be chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Trump called Taylor a “great guy” and said, “I know he will advance the cause of HBCUs, a major priority of our administration.”

Taylor said, “It has been my life’s work to unleash talent — in all its forms, from wherever it originates.” He said the advisory board can be the nexus between institutions of higher education and employers, and “support innovations in work-based learning opportunities for HBCU students.”

Harry L. Williams, who recently replaced Taylor as president and chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said he thinks some people had unrealistic expectations of how things work in Washington, and said he has seen progress on issues important to the schools. He cited changes to a federal loan program for low-income students, and help for schools hit hard by recent natural disasters.

“You could not find a better person in the country that advocates so strongly and passionately for all HBCUs than Johnny Taylor,” Williams said. “The thing that was very powerful was that he made it clear that HBCUs are competitive, relevant and responsive to the needs of the country.”

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