Indianapolis—Lumina Foundation for Education, in conjunction with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference, will sponsor the first reunion of the Kellogg-National Association For Equal Opportunity In Higher Education (NAFEO) Leadership Fellows Program. Jamie Merisotis, president and chief executive officer of Lumina Foundation for Education, and former president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, will be honored for his contributions and services to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, comprised of NAFEO, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, was the umbrella organization for the Kellogg-MSI Leadership Fellows Program. The program was designed to prepare the next generation of presidents at HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. The Kellogg-NAFEO Leadership Program ended officially in 2006. The NAFEO program had a goal of ten fellows becoming presidents within a decade. Thirty-three fellows completed the program, and five have already been appointed to the presidency in just three years. The fellows will meet annually to assess the program and its leadership strategies, discuss issues of common concern, and maintain the supportive network they have developed.

Awards will also be presented to other mentors of the NAFEO fellows at the reunion, including some of the nation’s most distinguished current and former HBCU presidents. The reunion will be held at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 9th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. on August 30, 2009 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

About Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college — especially low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Our goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.

For more information, contact Dianna L. Boyce, Communication Associate, Lumina Foundation for Education, at 317.951.5116.

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