ATLANTA, Oct 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (HBCU ELI) at Clark Atlanta University accepts applications for his second grade from community fellows with a October 25March 2021 deadline.

The program is largely funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and seeks to identify qualified candidates for free HBCU presidencies and other senior management positions.

Beginning of the second cohort in January 2022, ELI’s best-in-class program continues to serve as an incubator for the recruitment and development of the next generation of leaders for over 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interested participants can apply online today.

HBCU ELI started its first cohort in April 2021 the 58% list included women, making them the most diverse cohort of future HBCU leaders in the country. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance bottoms was also named the program’s first honorary member.

ELI’s robust curriculum provides qualified candidates with the various competencies to effectively run an HBCU. This includes operations, budgeting, academics, fundraising and development, as well as board leadership and racial and social justice. Several fellows in the initial cohort gave the following thoughts on their ELI experiences:

  • “You will quickly find yourself in a professionally supportive space to explore and develop your leadership attributes such as crisis management, institutional advancement and board governance, while at the same time gaining a good understanding of how to successfully navigate these diverse aspects of leadership as an HBCU President.” – colleague Dr. Ann Lampkin-Williams, University of Michigan, Dearborn.
  • “The ELI program challenged me to become a better leader and helped me better understand the governance and relationship issues of the board.” – colleague Dr. Rochelle Ford, Elon University.
  • “I have gained valuable information that has been found useful. I know it will be of value as I continue my leadership journey in higher education.” – Fellow Dr. Gwynth Nelson, State University of South Carolina.

Participating mentors, speakers and former HBCU presidents added:

  • “America needs the human and financial capital that HBCUs have produced for nearly two centuries. Our HBCUs need talented, visionary institutional leaders with integrity, competence and imagination to maintain this amazing track record.” – DR. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus of Morehouse College and HBCU ELI seminar speaker.
  • “The ELI expands and expedites that pipeline by delivering a powerful executive education experience – rich in theory and practice – provided by an impressive cast of seasoned mentors. I really enjoyed developing these new leaders to participate and to engage in a stimulating exchange with them. ” – President Reynold Verret, Xavier University.

“We look forward to preparing the second cohort of fellows for the next generation of leaders for HBCUs,” said Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, Executive Director of the HBCU Executive Leadership Program.

Before the civil rights movement, HBCUs offered black Americans one of their only avenues to college degrees. These institutions helped blacks pursue careers, graduate from college, and advance their education. ELI helps maintain and empower HBCUs as hubs for education, opportunity and advancement in the communities they serve.

In addition to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the efforts are supported by the ECMC Foundation, Microsoft, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Toyota, The Rich Foundation, Inc., United Methodist Church, and others.

About the HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI at the CAU)
ELI equips high potential leaders with tools and strategies that support the educational and business goals of more than 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). ELI improves HBCUs’ ability to survive and thrive. Not only do HBCUs award thousands of degrees each year, but they also award illustrious alumni such as Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and Vice President Kamala Harris. For program updates and to apply for the founding cohort, visit Join the conversation on social media @hbcueli; #hbcueli.

About Clark Atlanta University
Founded in 1988 through the historical amalgamation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African American tradition and looking to the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences and high quality engagement. The CAU cultivates an upscale life that changes the world. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter Lift Every Voice and sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and film producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award winning Broadway director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning television personality and journalist; Brandon Thompson, vice president, diversity and inclusion, NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit

SOURCE Clark Atlanta University

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