Leader of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Dr. Ivory Toldson is stepping down.
According to Diverse, the HBCU champion has now become “head of The Quality Education for Minorities,” a nonprofit organization in the nation’s capital dedicated to improving education for minorities across the country.
“Toldson, who was appointed deputy director of The White House Initiative on HBCUs in 2013, took the helm of the Initiative after Dr. George Cooper died last year,” reported Diverse. “During his tenure at the Initiative, Toldson is credited with helping to devise strategies to sustain and expand federal support to HBCUs.”
Toldson, an author, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education, will also return to Howard University in the nation’s capital as a professor. He “takes personal pride in his ability to promote HBCU scholarship and being an example of talent cultivated at HBCUs,” according to his LinkedIn account.
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, who earned her doctorate degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, will replace Toldson at the helm.
Many people, including Reed on her Twitter account, took to Twitter to thank Toldson for his incredible work over the years, you can read the tweets below.
— Dr. Michael Lomax (@DrMichaelLomax) June 21, 2016
— White House HBCUs (@WHI_HBCUs) June 30, 2016
— Joeletta Patrick (@JoelettaPatrick) June 30, 2016
— David Johns (@MrDavidJohns) June 30, 2016
— Ivory Achebe Toldson (@toldson) July 1, 2016