- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

President Trump announced Tuesday the appointment of Johnny Taylor Jr., former president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as chairman of the president’s board of advisors for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

“I know he will advance the cause of HBCUs, a major priority of our administration,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “We have made great strides in strengthening HBCUs, a cherished and vital institution in our country.”

He called the appointment “very important, and very important to me and the administration.”

Mr. Taylor, CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, said HBCUs are seeking to capitalize on the economic growth under the Trump administration.

“Every year, over 300,000 students turn to these institutions for their education and to prepare them for their careers,” Mr. Taylor said. “This president’s advisory board can be a nexus between higher educational institutions and employers.”

The president said his budget requests more than $500 million for HBCUs to “improve their competitiveness.” He also noted that the recent budget deal in Congress allows for forgiveness of certain loans owed under the HBCU hurricane supplement loan program.

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