Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

WASHINGTON UPDATE; Black College Panel Undergoes Change

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

WASHINGTON UPDATE; Black College Panel Undergoes Change

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The co-chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has resigned, setting the stage for changes on this federal panel that advises the administration on Black college policy.

Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, Tuskegee University president, announced his plans in a recent letter to President Bush outlining his decision not to seek another term. In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Black Issues, Payton said a change in leadership "might be appropriate and timely" after the panel completed its first annual report.

To replace Payton, the president has named Dr. Louis Sullivan, former secretary of Health and Human Services in the first Bush administration. Sullivan is former president of the Morehouse School of Medicine and has been an active participant in discussions about federal aid to historically Black graduate schools.

The switch comes amid reports of how the advisory board, under Payton's leadership, had called for a major increase in federal support for Black colleges. Payton has no comment about these issues, a Tuskegee official said. …

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