VSU chairman selected to Biden’s advisory board for HBCUs | Education

Virginia State University President Makola Abdullah was one of 18 people selected by President Joe Biden to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The council’s goal is to advance the HBCU initiative, a plan established by the Jimmy Carter administration to increase educational opportunities at historically black colleges and universities. The council includes educators, business leaders, student and NBA player Chris Paul, who worked to promote HBCUs.

The council will submit an annual federal plan to assist HBCUs, advise the Secretary of Education, and make recommendations on how to increase the role of the private sector in strengthening HBCUs.

Serving on the board will allow Abdullah to work on issues of educational equity, excellence and economic opportunity for HBCUs, he said.

“I’m proud to serve on this board, which allows me to continue to champion the transformational work of HBCUs,” Abdullah added.

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Abdullah became president of VSU in 2016, after serving as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. A Chicago native, Abdullah received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University and a master’s and doctorate in civil engineering from Northwestern. University.

Javaune Adams-Gaston, president of Norfolk State University, was also selected to the board.

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