2022 Members

Marc A. Newman
VP for Advancement, Grambling State University, and now Albion College

Sidney H. Evans, Jr.
Morgan State University, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO

Anthony Brooks
Dean Student Affairs, Carolina College of Health Sciences (previously with Shaw University) 

Melanie Jones
Vice President of Advancement, Research, and Economic Development, Grambling State University

Dr. Wandra Arrington
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Alcorn State University

Kimberly Harrington 
Director of Public Relations, Livingstone College

Mylaka Simpson
Director of Graduate Admissions, Virginia Union University

Richard Jones, VP development, vitalink

Manager HBCUgrow: Corliss Pauling, Director of Marketing and Digital Media

Advisor: Jeanne Frazer
President, vitalink + Founding Partner of HBCUgrow

Support Team

Kathy Horn, Project Manager/Consultant

Troy Thomas, Videographer/Photographer

Robin Sessoms, Administration

What does the HBCUgrow Advisory Board do?

The main goal of the Advisory Board is to help provide input and direction for our conferences and (potentially) other training events. While our HBCUgrow conferences have been successful, we know including people from the higher-ed side will help us provide a better experience.

Here are our expectations for Board members:

  • Meet virtually for 30-45 minute conference planning calls and a post-conference “warm down” (estimated 8 calls/year)
  • Attend the annual LEAD conference
  • Advice on sessions, content, and direction of the conference
  • Recommend and/or make introductions to potential speakers
  • Secure or connect our team with potential event sponsors
  • Recommend and/or make introductions for a host location (if needed)
  • Support the conference by promoting it to your colleagues/networks and help build attendance
  • Send a substitute to attend the call on your behalf if you are unavailable
  • One year term commitment

If you are interested in being on the HBCUgrow Advisory Board, please fill out the form below. We are very excited about making our conferences bigger and better than ever!

The HBCUgrow Team

We’ve seen the challenges, lived them & developed campaigns that helped the largest & fastest growing HBCUs in the country.
HBCUgrow was born out of a partnership of three companies that have worked well together for years.
HBCUgrow now offers services where there is a good fit to help grow enrollment & alumni giving.