Benedict College to Host South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Economic Impact and Competitiveness Conference

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Co-hosted by the White House Initiative on HBCUs and UNCF.

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WHAT: South Carolina HBCU presidents, in collaboration with the White House Initiative on HBCUs and UNCF, will examine the local, regional and global economic impact of South Carolina’s HBCUs—today and in the future. As evidenced by a recently released landmark study commissioned by UNCF, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, HBCUs are economic engines in their communities and beyond, generating substantial economic returns year after year. In South Carolina in particular, HBCUs generate a total economic impact of $463 Million, 4,985 jobs and lifetime earnings of $5.2 billion.


UNCF Leadership: Dr. Brian Bridges, vice president, research and member engagement
White House Initiative on HBCUs: Jonathan M. Holifield, executive director; and Crystal N. Moore, White House fellow
South Carolina HBCU Presidents:

  • Benedict College, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
  • Allen University, Dr. Ernest McNealey
  • Claflin University, Dr. Henry Tisdale
  • Clinton College, Rev. Dr. Lester A. McCorn (Acting President)
  • Denmark Technical College, Dr. Christopher J. Hall (Interim)
  • Morris College, Dr. Leroy Staggers (Interim)
  • South Carolina State University, Mr. James E. Clark
  • Voorhees College, Dr. W. Franklin Evans
  • Federal, State and Local Policy/Legislative Partners

WHEN: Monday, March 19, 2018 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Benedict College, David H. Swinton Campus Center Ballroom; 1616 Oak St., Columbia, SC 29204
Media availability immediately following the discussion.

Please contact Richard Shropshire at richard.shropshire(at)uncf(dot)org for more details or visit

Follow the discussion on Twitter @uncf #HBCUStrong.

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37-member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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