The White House announced Monday that former Cincinnati Bengals Running Back Johnathan Holifield will serve as the director of the White House’s initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Holifield spoke to a room of over 200 students, college presidents and administration officials during the opening ceremony of the annual White House summit on HBCUs.
“There is no patent to sustain new job creation, shared prosperity, and enduring national competitiveness without the current and increased contributions of historically black colleges and universities,” Holifield said.
Donald Trump praised Holifield’s business experience stating, “lead the movement to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide a high-quality education.”
Omarosa Newman, who is the assistant to Trump and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison said Holifield was chosen because he has experience, temperament, is incredibly engaging, and knows his stuff.”
On Monday, Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, said he was pleased with the Trump administration’s choice.
“We look forward to learning how he will champion meaningful actions to advance HBCUs and ensure that more African-American students have the opportunity to go to and through college,” Lomax said in a statement.
Well, Trump made a good move with this one. Maybe, Holifield will make some great changes and moves for HBCUs.