Morning Briefing – January 6, 2021

Happy New Year! Please enjoy the Digest’s newest feature, morning and evening briefings. These will be delivered at 11 am and 9 pm Monday-Friday. The briefings will contain HBCU-specific stories of interest, and several links for a broader industrial look at higher education at large.
These stories will be independent of the Digest’s regular interviews and commentaries, and will only be made available to subscribers of the Digest.
— Jarrett Carter Sr., Founding Editor


Why it matters that the third presidential debate will be held at  historically black university - ABC News
Texas Southern Announces Presidential Search Committee

The committee will work with AGB Search to find the next permanent president of the institution. Committee members include:

Marc Carter – member, TSU Board of Regents/Committee Chairman
Mary E. Sias – member, TSU Board of Regents
Stephanie Nellons-Paige – member, TSU Board of Regents
Pamela Medina – member, TSU Board of Regents
Dr. Judith Craven – board member, TSU Foundation
Dr. Needha Boutte-Queen – Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Joan R.M. Bullock – Dean, TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Keith Scott – President, TSU National Alumni Association
Khaniya Burley – President, TSU Student Government Association
Harry E. Johnson – TSU Alumnus, President and CEO, Martin Luther King Memorial
Milton Carroll – TSU Alumnus, Executive Chairman at CenterPoint Energy
John Hofmeister- Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy and Former President, Shell Oil
Dr. Laura Murillo – President and CEO, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


North Carolina Central Launches COVID-19 Testing Initiative for Lumbee Indigenous American Community

NCCU is partnering with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to implement the program, which was funded by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The project is aimed at reducing rates of COVID exposure in Native Americans, who are 3.5 times more likely than Caucasians to contract the disease and 5.8 times more likely to be hospitalized. (Courtesy:

Howard Unveils PSA Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccination

Officials at Howard University have produced a public service announcement (PSA) on encouraging the importance of getting the coronavirus vaccine. Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick was among the first to get a vaccine shot at Howard University Hospital, and he hopes his message will encourage others to do the same.

Jarvis Christian College - Wikipedia
Jarvis Christian Receives $2 Million Tech Infrastructure Investment from IBM

According to a press release from JCC, they recently received $2 million in technology tools and training from IBM as part of a collaboration that will help students and faculty develop technology skills including training in quantum computing. (Courtesy:

FAMU Alum Otis Kirksey, President-Elect, Health Care & Education ADA Board
FAMU Alumnus Elected to American Diabetes Association Board of Directors

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alum Otis W. Kirksey, PharmD, has been named president-elect of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Board of Directors. (Courtesy:

UDC New Student Center - Michael Marshall Design
Structured Finance Fund Establishes Endowed Scholarship at UDC

The Structured Finance Foundation, an affiliate of the Structured Finance Association (SFA), today announced it has established a fund to provide scholarships to eligible students attending the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate finance, accounting, or economics degree in the School of Business and Public Administration. The Structured Finance Foundation scholarship will be established with a gift of $80,000, with the first scholarship to be awarded for the Fall 2021 semester. The foundation will award two need and merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 each. (Courtesy:

Tuskegee University (1881- )
Tuskegee Receives $5 Million Gift

Tuskegee University has received a $5 million gift from the charitable foundation established by philanthropist Stephen Feinberg. Mr. Feinberg is the co‐founder and co‐chief executive officer of Cerberus Capital Management, a global private equity firm with investment assets across complementary credit, private equity, and real estate platforms. (Courtesy: