Talladega College President Hawkins 1 of 8 HBCU presidents set to speak at White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins returned to Washington, D.C., to discuss the state of Talladega College and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with White House officials today.

The announcement came via an official Talladega College press release — and was later confirmed by Press Secretary Sean Spicer during today’s White House press briefing.

“This afternoon, the vice president will be meeting with an extraordinary group of Historically Black College University presidents,” Spicer said. “We can expect a meeting with them and President Trump as well.”

The meeting, which will also include another visit to the White House for Dr. Hawkins, comes as a result of President Donald Trump’s growing interest in the HBCU community.

Dr. Hawkins is expected to speak on how HBCUs can work with and assist the current administration in moving education forward.
It has been reported that the White House has been working on an executive order that supports HBCUs.

In lieu of several changes that have occurred with Federal Financial Aid and loan policies, Hawkins, as well as other HBCU presidents, is also looking forward to addressing concerns regarding federal funding and the relevance of HBCUs across the United States.
All of the 77 HBCU college presidents have confirmed accepting invitations to attend an “HBCU fly-in” being co-hosted by Rep. Mark Walker (R-North Carolina) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina).

Of the 77 presidents, Hawkins was one of eight selected to address those in attendance at the White House today.

Hawkins garnered favored with the president in early January when he accepted an invitation for the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes Band to play at President Trump’s inauguration. Following the Friday performance, Hawkins was invited to the White House on that Sunday to meet directly with the president.

For additional information, please contact Greg Wilson, Talladega College director of public relations and communications at 256-761-6273.

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