Every fall I travel to Nashville for a meeting of the Black College Fund of the United Methodist Church. There are 11 United Methodist affiliated HBCUs. The denomination has done a great job supporting these institutions, each year raising about $10 million for support, by far the best of any denomination that sponsors HBCUs.
The presidents meet to connect with church leaders as well as each other. This year we welcomed in 5 new presidents. While this on the surface sounds alarming, the UMC presidents have had long tenures. Plus two of the new presidents, Dr. George French (Clark Atlanta) and Dr. Dwaun Warmack (Claflin) were sitting presidents so they bring experience with them.
We also celebrated Dr. Henry Tisdale, who completed 25 years as president of Claflin. He is going to write a book about his experience, one that many should read because it really is a story of institutional transformation. I know that word gets used way too loosely these days, but Claflin was transformer. So be on the lookout for that.