2024 Members

Marc A. Newman
Vice President for Advancement, Albion College (Past: Grambling State University)

Sidney H. Evans, Jr.
Senior Vice President/Chief Finance Officer,  National Urban League

Melanie Jones
Chief Strategy Officer, The Jones Collective 

Dr. Wandra Arrington
Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, Alcorn State University

Dr. Sherita McLamore
Senior Pharmaceutical Quality Assessor at FDA and Consummate FDA Chemist

Kimberly Harrington 
Director of Communications & Public Relations, Livingstone College

Malaika Simmons
Chief Operating Officer, National Alliance against Disparities in Patient Health (NADPH)

Carl S. Brown
Executive, Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Self-Help Credit Union

Richard Jones, VP Community, vitalink

Support Team

Kathy Horn, Project Manager/Consultant

Charles McCombs, VP HBCU Relations

Honnalea Caro and Robin Sessoms, Executive Assistants

Jeanne Frazer, Advisor

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.