2021 Members

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

Dwight Sanchez
Vice President, Enrollment Management, West Virginia State University

Spencer McClenty
Director of Digital Media, Jackson State University

Joscelyne Brazile
Development Officer, NC Central university

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

Kim Cliett Long 
C.E.O., Organizational Concepts/Military Learners Now

Melanie Jones
VP for College Advancement, York Technical College

Me’chelle McKenney
CEO, Third Degree Solutions + HBCUgrow

Na’Asiaha Simon
CEO Na’Asiaha Simon & Associates & Director of Public Relations and Marketing and Advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council

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

Recent past members

Venita Clisby King
AVP of Enrollment Management & Director of Admissions, Alabama A&M University

Steve Willis
Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Bennett College

Terrence Southern
Robotics & Automation Engineer at GE Global Research, CEO at Illuminate STEM

Moses Goldmon
Executive Vice President & Chaplain, Lane College

David W. Hoard
President, DHT and Associates

Jason Warner
Director of Strategic Marketing – Metropolitan College, Johnson C. Smith University

Audrey Franklin
Executive Director Alumnae Relations, Bennett College

Michael Sorrell
President, Paul Quinn College

State Alexander
Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Public Relations, Livingstone College

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.