Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D.
President & CEO 
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Since 2004, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has been president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness; preparing students for college success from pre-school through high school. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised $2.3 billion and helped more than 92,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Annually, UNCF’s work enables 60,000 students to go to college with UNCF scholarships and attend its 37 member historically black colleges and universities.
Lomax has worked to provide educational opportunities for African Americans and other Americans of color. Before coming to UNCF, Lomax was president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at UNCF- member institutions Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. He also served as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in Atlanta, the first African American elected to that post.
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