Hampton University President William Harvey and his wife Norma donated $553,000 to the institution earlier this week, increasing their total philanthropy to the institution to more than $4 million over 40 years of leadership at the school.
In our latest edition of the HBCU Voices of STEM Excellence podcast series, Southern University alumnus Russell Ledet shares his journey from first-generation college student (possibly with a photographic memory) to multiple doctoral degrees in STEM disciplines.
Philanthropy is typically classified as the giving money without any expectation of involvement by the giver. Investment in a university, on the other hand, usually involves a gift presented with the expectation of a return on that investment, which doesn’t always have to be financial.
Last week, the Christian Science Monitor profiled the town of Stonecrest, GA., a recently incorporated city with a predominantly black residential composition and a world of potential for its economic future. The city is an offshoot of ‘Black Flight’ from the rising costs and urban sprawl of cities like Atlanta.
We talk about the Historical Basketball League and its implications for HBCU sports, and the curious case of Ishmale Powell.
Ishmale Powell is a 15-year-old high school graduate whose story has gone viral—not just because of his scholastic achievement and age — but because he has to crowdsource for his post-secondary education despite having a 4.5 grade point average, 1130 SAT score, and 22 ACT score.
Something is wrong with that.
Just over 1,800 donors gave Elizabeth City State University more than $200,000 in gifts for scholarship and institutional support during the school’s second annual ‘Day of Giving’ micro-campaign challenge. This year’s total beat last year’s total amount raised by $82,000, and outpaced officials’ goal for this year by more than $30,000.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority recently announced the economic impact of the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s annual men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at more than $50 million, up from 2017’s $47 million output.
When executive leadership turns over at an institution of higher education, context matters. In some instances, executives who’ve served long tenures retire with preparations made and accreditation, financial solvency, and steady enrollment all neatly packaged to deliver to the next CEO. When that next executive emerges, the product of a dutiful national search involving boards, alumni, and key stakeholders, institutions continue to enjoy the responsible and predictable growth that serves the educational and employment needs of students, faculty, staff, and the economic needs of the region.
Ishmale Powell is headed to the University of North Carolina – Charlotte this fall, bringing with him a 4.5 GPA and a bunch of news headlines as one of Greensboro, NC’s most talented academic products.