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Leonard Haynes Appointed Executive Director of White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced the appointment of Leonard L. Haynes III as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“We’re honored that Leonard will continue to serve the American people in a new capacity at the Department of Education,” Spellings said. “His vast experience in higher education, coupled with the leadership he has demonstrated as director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), will be tremendous assets to his work on behalf of historically black colleges and universities.”

Haynes has been director of FIPSE since June 2003. His career includes a number of positions in public service as well as administration and faculty at several higher education institutions.

As executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Haynes will work with the presidentially appointed HBCU Board of Advisors and assist the secretary as the liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs. He will also work with some 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts.

The president’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities advises President Bush and Secretary Spellings on strengthening these institutions. Other work of the board includes: issuing an annual report the president on HBCU participation in federal programs, advising the secretary on increasing the federal role in strengthening HBCUs, and reporting to the president on how to increase private sector support for HBCUs.

Some of Haynes’ previous positions include: assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Education Department from 1989 to 1991, director of academic programs for the bureau of education and cultural affairs for the U.S. Information Agency (now State Department), acting president of Grambling State University, executive vice president of Southern University, and a faculty member of Howard University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Southern University.

Haynes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University, a Master of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon, and a PhD in higher education administration from The Ohio State University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including ten honorary degrees.


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