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Black College Fund Council of Presidents

The fund supports the 11 historically black colleges and universities related to the church — the largest number of black colleges and universities backed by any church body in the United States. The presidents of these institutions make up the Black College Fund Council of Presidents. Scroll below to find their names and contact information for their offices.

Bennett College
Suzanne Elise Walsh, JD, MSSA

Bethune-Cookman University
Dr. Lawrence M. Drake II (Interim President)

Claflin University
Dr. Dwuan J. Warmack

Clark Atlanta University
Dr. George T. French, Jr. 

Dillard University
Dr. Rochelle L. Ford

Huston-Tillotson University
Dr. Melva K. Williams

Meharry Medical College
James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.

Paine College
Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones 

Philander Smith College
Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr., Ph.D.

Rust College
Dr. Ivy Ruth Taylor

Wiley College
Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr.

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