This week we talk to Johnny D Jones, author of Leadership of historically black colleges and universities: a what not to do guide for HBCU leaders and Professor of Education at Mississippi Valley State University about HBCUs, their unique place in US higher education and the challenges and responsibilities of HBCU leadership.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are higher education institutes established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, primarily to serve the African-American community in the US. They play a vital role in the educational landscape of the US and have a unique and important legacy within US history.
HBCUs are facing critical challenges around funding, accreditation, enrolment, and graduation rates, which have only been exacerbated by COVID-19. As 2020 continues to upend our lives in so many ways, it’s clear that HBCUs remain just as important today and are essential for advancing the future of the US. In this episode, Johnny D Jones takes us through why changes in leadership is vital in order to ensure that HBCUs remain a driving force in US education. We discuss the ways HBCUs can adapt to the challenges they face today whilst remaining true to their mission and value by cultivating strong strategic leadership to innovate and drive these important institutions forward.
Johnny D. Jones is the Founder and CEO of the DELTA Project, Professor of education at Mississippi Valley State University and democratic education activist. He is the author of Leadership of historically black colleges and universities: a what not to do guide for HBCU leaders. He has a strong track record in educational leadership, holding a range of administrative positions at the University College and K 12 level, at predominantly white institutions, HBCUs and tribal colleges.
In this episode:
- The role HBCUs play US higher education
- The responsibilities and challenges of HBCU leadership
- Developing strategic leadership to take HBCUs forward
- Leadership of HBCUs during COVID-19
- HBCUs history black activism and their role in #blacklivesmatter