Thurgood MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND APPOINTS LU PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Thurgood MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND APPOINTS LU PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Langston, Okla. – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Board Chairman, Jim Clifton announced the addition of Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr., President, Langston University, as one of the newest additions to the TMCF Board of Directors.

“Thurgood Marshall College Fund has been a valued partner of Langston University for over two decades, providing significant resources to our students, faculty, and staff.” Dr. Smith said. “I am honored and proud to have an opportunity to serve as a board member for such a prestigious organization. I look forward to working with Dr. Williams, his leadership team and my colleagues across the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) nation to advance the mission of TMCF.”

Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr. serves as the 16th president of Langston University with more than twenty years of experience in higher education. Under his leadership, Langston University has seen record highs in fundraising, admissions applications, and freshman enrollment. Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, a Master of Education in educational administration and supervision from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, and a Doctorate in education and human resources studies, with a concentration in educational administration and student affairs, from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The TMCF Recognizes the importance of having leaders who have first-hand experience in the HBCU community to provide perspective to its diverse administration. Being so connected to his students and faculty, Dr. Smith will prove to be invaluable to the TMCF Board of Directors.

Dr. Smith will work with leaders from across the United States to find ways to make TMCF an even better partner in advocacy, scholarships and capacity building for the 47 member-schools.

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Langston University is a public historically black college enrolling a close-knit community of under 4,000 students. Founded in 1897, LU is located in rural Logan County and has two urban campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. LU was recently recognized as a top institution of higher learning for affordability, ranking number three among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S., according to AffordableSchools.net. Langston offers over 40 associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs across six academic colleges.

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