September 26-27, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Atlanta


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Our Mission

The HBCU Sustainability Summit connects HBCU Leaders with C-Suite Executives, Foundation leaders and other national organizations in order to develop financial resources and clear strategies that lead to the long term fiscal sustainability of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

September 26 -27, 2019

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Sustaining Our HBCUs

Our History | Our Future | Our Responsibility

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Dr. Robinson Luncheon X2

2018 Summit Highlights

Presidents, corporate and foundation leaders, along with experts across leading industries participated in this historic think tank. This Summit brought HBCU Presidents together, in an unprecedented collaboration, to secure the future of our institutions for our students.

Conference Agenda

7:00am – 2:00pm
Summit Registration

Location: Centennial Foyer

8:30am – 9:45am
President and Trustee Breakfast

Location: Centennial I

Special Remarks: Katrice Albert, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources, NCAA
Guest Speaker: Emory Edwards, Outreach Director, EdChoice

The goal of this dialogue is to engage leaders on educational issues affecting students of color and have an authentic dialogue around education and K-12 ed reform. Our goal with this initiative/dialogue is to leverage informative discussions with HBCU Presidents to increase awareness, understanding, and broaden support for educational options in their local communities.

Presented by:

10:00am – 11:15am
Pre-Summit Training: Leaving a Legacy – How To’s for the Individual and Institution

Location: Hanover AB

Legacies are created over decades, not days. There is a sizable portion of the roughly 5.3 million high net worth individuals in the United States who do not have a plan for sustaining or transferring their wealth. This session provides a high-level view of the power of educating your alumni and donors about the long term impact of estate and tax planning that benefit them and their families. This is also a primer on making bequests and impactful gifts during their lifetime that lead to lasting legacies. Institutions must also plan for their legacy. We will review the strategies your university/college can utilize to cement its legacy through planned giving, endowment management and Opportunity Zones.

Timothy J. Gibson, CPWA®, Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Nedra O. Agnew, CFP®, CRPC®, Vice President, Wealth Advisor, The Agnew Group, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Lee Parker, Vice President, Philanthropic Client Manager, Private Bank, Bank of America

Presented by:

11:30am – 2:00pm
Opening Session: The Keepers of the Legacy – A Tribute to the Divine 9
Location: Centennial I

HBCU’s are the foundation of the Divine 9 – the historically black fraternities and sororities. The Divine 9 are inherently vested in the sustainability of HBCU’s as alumni and members of their individual Greek-letter organizations. This dialogue will shed light on the present strengths and vulnerabilities of their alma maters and provide an opportunity for the Divine 9 leaders to discuss their options for building alliances and supporting HBCU’s through their network of members.

Opening Remarks
Summit Co-Chairs

Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. & National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, City of Atlanta

Dr. Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)

Panelists: Divine 9 Representatives
Dr. Everett Ward, President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Carolyn G. Randolph, South Atlantic Regional Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. David Marion, Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Kendra Hatcher King, National Brand Director, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Griena Knight Davis, International Grand Anti-Grammateus, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Hon. Daryl A. Anderson, Sr., International Executive Director, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 

~ Award Presentation to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ~

Presented by:

2:15pm – 3:45pm
Collaborative Resource Development – Foundation Strategies

Location: Centennial II

This session will bring leaders of major corporate foundations together to discuss opportunities available to HBCUs. Panelists will explore relationship building strategies and “tips and tools” for developing successful funding proposals.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage the panelists during this highly interactive session and will come away better prepared to engage corporate foundation leaders and to build strategic partnerships for their institutions.

Felicia Wasson, Director, Community & Stakeholder Relations, The Coca-Cola Company

Carol Waddy, Director, Corporate and Foundation Community Affairs, Chick-fil-A Foundation
Dewey Norwood,
Relationship Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Wells Fargo
LaSandra Boykin, Lead Project Manager – Community Engagement, Delta Air Lines

4:00pm – 5:15pm
Collaborative Resource Development – Leveraging Federal Action to Create Local Competitive Advantages

Location: Centennial II

This session will explore groundbreaking approaches to creating local competitive advantages for HBCUs by leveraging federal actions to create local public-private partnerships for institutional development.

Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Dr. Michael Lomax, President & CEO, United Negro College Fund
Dr. Harry L. Williams, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Dr. Leonard Haynes, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Billy Hawkins, President, Talladega College
Denise Cleveland-Leggett, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Region IV

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Networking Reception – A Meet & Greet Event

Location: 270 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303

Guest Remarks: 

Henry Childs, II, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dr. Michael E. Wooten, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

Presented by:

7:00am – 10:00am
Summit Registration

Location: Centennial Foyer​​

7:30am – 8:45am
Sustainable Investment in and for our Nation’s HBCUs Breakfast

Location: Centennial I

Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges

Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Professor of the Practice, Impact Investment and Director of the Invest to Sustain Initiative, Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Henry M. Lancaster, II, Principal and Manager, Lancaster Craig & Associates
Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Intentional Endowments Network Crone Institute of Sustainability

Presented by:

9:00am – 10:00am
Collaborative Resource Development – Corporate Philanthropy

Location: Centennial II

Overview: HBCUs are raising the bar and taking corporate philanthropy to the next level. It requires commitment by both leadership and the employees at all levels of the institution. Participants in this session will gain valuable insights from Fortune 500 leaders and fund development strategists on what corporations and foundations look for when establishing long-term, multi-faceted partnerships that yield additional resources, internships, post-graduate employment, technical expertise, and other in-kind resources.

Keith T. Parker, President, Goodwill of North Georgia

Curley M. Dossman, Jr., President, Georgia Pacific Foundation
Regina Heyward, Senior Vice President, Head of Supplier Diversity, Supply Chain Management, Wells Fargo & Company
Leah B. Moody, Member, Board of Trustees, University of South Carolina, 
Dr. William F. Pickard, Chairman, Global Automotive Alliance

10:15am – 12:00pm
Collaborative Resource Development – Public/Private Partnerships

Location: Centennial II

Overview: Currently, HBCUs are engaged in innovative partnerships with private-sector and philanthropic organizations that provide essential services and products to various stakeholders. These partnerships create educational, research and service opportunities for students and faculty but also result in financial rewards for the universities and their partners. Panelists in this session will discuss existing partnerships and explore future possibilities in this arena.

Special Remarks: Gourmet Food Services, Inc.

Dr. Larry Robinson
, President, Florida A&M University

Damon House, Senior Business Program Manager in Public Sector, Microsoft Global Services
Thomas Lawery, Renewable Energy Manger, Duke Energy
Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, President & CEO, National Business League
Tarsha Calloway, Vice President of Advancement, The Woodruff Arts Center
Ebony David, Executive Director, Human Resources, Quest Diagnostics

Presented by:

12:15pm – 2:00pm
Closing Luncheon: Our Story – HBCU Narratives

Location: Centennial I

Overview: This panel will discuss the journey of HBCUs and what has been done to sustain them to this point and what creative measures are being utilized to serve their future and relevance.

Shon Gables, News Anchor, CBS46

Jamal Watson, Editor-At-Large, Diverse Magazine
Dr. Makola Abdullah, President, Virginia State University
Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President, Dillard University
Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University

Presented by:

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Summit Summary and Next Steps

Location: Centennial I

Summit Co-Chairs
Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. & National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

National Summit for the Sustainability of HBCUs

Our History. Our Furture. Our Responsibility