BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Quentin L. Roach
Chairman of the Board
BCL Advisory Trust
Michael O. Smith
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Curley M. Dossman, Jr.
Georgia Pacific Foundation
Community Education Leadership Executive,
Diaz-Verson Capital Investments, Inc.
CAROLE A. DORTCH
FAD Consulting, LLC
Miss NBCA Hall of Fame
Miss University of Virginia
JAMES “MAC” HUNTER, ESQ.
Senior Counsel Associates, LLC
Clark Atlanta University
The Stewart Foundation
Executive Vice President,
American Cancer Society, Inc.
Health Equity Activist
Hidden Beach Records
President & CEO
Future Begins Now, Inc.
Atlanta Area Manager
LAURENCE “LARRY” O. GRAY
President & CEO
Senior Vice-President, Community & Inclusion
North American Education Vertical Sales Leader
AALIYAH SHAFIQ Ely
VP, Sparkling Flavors Category & Brands
Regional Major Account Executive
Xerox Business Solution
Director of Community Engagement
Delta Air Lines
Public Affairs, AT&T
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Synovus Financial Corporation
William F. Pickard, Ph.D.
GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
DR. ROBERT WRIGHT
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
THOMAS W. DORTCH, JR.
Chairman & CEO TWD, Inc
Judge Glenda Hatchett
The Hatchett Law Firm
ROYALL M. MACK, SR.
Ciara Enterprises, LLC
The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is a 501(C)3 organization founded in 1986 by members of the National Council of Alumni Associations. The Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and growing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) through alumni recognition, scholarships, training and technical assistance and programs to promote humanitarian involvement. Our aim is to advance the reality that HBCU’s are valuable treasures and critical resources that help transform seeds of potentiality into fruits of possibility.
The mission of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation (Hall of Fame) is to serve as catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The Foundation pledges to:
- Preserve and highlight the significant contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and its graduates.
- Partner with alumni, administrators, students, corporations, non-profit organizations and others to provide enhanced technical and financial resources to HBCUs on an ongoing basis.
- Develop, coordinate and execute events to raise funds for new and existing programs that support HBCU campuses, students and national alumni associations.
- Encourage students attending HBCU’s to take pride in their institution and in the communities surrounding them.
1985 – The Council of National Alumni Associations (CNAA) established The National College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., who was President of CNAA, developed the proposal for the Foundation.
1986 – The First Annual National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the events were Hall of Fame Dinner Induction Ceremony, HBCU Golf Invitational Tournament and HBCU Competition of Black College Queens.
The Hall of Fame launched its first programs and initiatives designed to educate the general public about the contributions of HBCUs and their alumni.
1990 – Hall of Fame convened the First Annual Tennis Challenge for HBCU’s.
1990 – Hall of Fame convened the First Annual Black College Alumni Leadership Summit in Hilton Head, SC.
2004 – Hall of Fame acquired the National Scholarship Service (NSS).
2005 – The Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame was introduced, as a fundraiser to support scholarships in hospitality and culinary arts.
2005 – The First Annual Black College Competition of Black College Choirs.
2007 – Hall of Fame introduced the Legacy Lecture Series.
2012 – Hall of Fame awarded its first Legacy of Leaders Alumni Awards.
2013 – Hall of Fame in partnership with the Andrew Young Foundation, launched the Andrew Young Emerging Leaders Initiative (AYEL).
2017 – Hall of Fame in partnership with the 100 Black Men of America, NAFEO, UNCF, TGMF, launched the National Summit of Sustainability for HBCU’s .
NBCA HALL OF FAME HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
- More than $1,160,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at HBCUs.
- More than 990 Black college queens have participated in the annual HBCU Competition of Black College Queens.
- 348 Black college graduates have been inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.
- Over 500,000 high school students were exposed to more than 500 colleges and universities as they decided their post secondary educational choices, through the Hall of Fame’s National Scholarship Service program.
- Students at more than 50 HBCUs , through the Legacy Lecture Series, have been exposed to the talents of individuals such as Judge Glenda Hatchett, Dr. Bernice King, Ambassador Andrew Young, Michael Eric Dyson, Susan Taylor, Hill Harper, C.T. Vivian, Demetria McKinney, Stevie Baggs, Jr., and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds.
- Numerous HBCUs take advantage of the Hall of Fame’s information reservoir regarding training, technical assistance and guidance in leadership development, fundraising, and chapter development.