As a stalwart advocate and supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), I have been thinking a lot lately about what ails this sector of the academy and what can be done to enhance its relevance, responsiveness and competitiveness. Although both critics and supporters tend to write and speak about HBCUs as a monolithic […]
Given the array of presidential leadership changes taking place in the HBCU sector, I have given a great deal of thought to what can be done to increase the probability of success for new presidents. While there are no magic bullets, I believe that there are at least five things that can and should be […]
Let me begin with this unapologetic acknowledgement. I am a black baby boomer who still believes in the transformational value of high quality education for all people, but especially those who look like me. Like many of my generation, I have experienced firsthand the sting of racial segregation, oppression and discrimination. I know what it’s […]
Charlie Nelms shares his advice on selecting a college based on his experience as a parent, former admissions officer, dean, vice president and chancellor.
Forty-five years ago my college classmates and I became the largest class to ever graduate from Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Like countless numbers of UAPB graduates before us, we have had successful careers in education, social services, government, business and Industry and the military, […]
Unsolicited Advice for Parents and Students from a Three-time University President As a university president, the annual ritual that I loved most was the opportunity to welcome new freshmen to campus. No matter how busy I was, I always made time to meet new students and their parents and to assist them with moving into […]