National Institute on Aging

A Change in Leadership at the White House HBCU Initiative

Ivory-ToldsonIvory Toldson, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has resigned from his position. He was named director of the initiative last year after serving for two years as deputy director.

Dr. Toldson will now serve as the director of The Quality Education for Minorities, a nonprofit organization based in Washington. He will also return to his faculty position in the School of Education at Howard University.

Dr. Toldson is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he majored in psychology. He earned a master’s degree in counselor education at Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia.

kimhunterreedDr. Toldson will be replaced by Kim Hunter Reed, who has served since earlier this year as deputy undersecretary of education with responsibility for higher education initiatives.

Dr. Reed is the former chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and the former executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was executive assistant to the president and interim vice president of student affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Dr. Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalist and master of public administration degree at Louisiana State University. She holds a doctorate in public policy from Southern University.


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  2. Dennis Thomas says:

    Congratulations on your new role!!

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