• HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION

    Our mission is to prepare principles, highly skilled, transformational leaders in higher education with an interest in assuming positions of leadership at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

    The Power to Lead, Inspire & Lift.

  • HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION

    Our mission is to prepare principles, highly skilled, transformational leaders in higher education with an interest in assuming positions of leadership at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

    The Power to Lead, Inspire & Lift.

  • HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION

    Our mission is to prepare principles, highly skilled, transformational leaders in higher education with an interest in assuming positions of leadership at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

    The Power to Lead, Inspire & Lift.

Strengthening the HBCU Leadership Pipeline

The Next Generation of Higher Education Leaders

The modern HBCU is a complex and multi-dimensional teaching, learning and workplace environment. Effective leadership at HBCUs requires the skill of well-trained practitioners and academicians capable of expertly managing a range of persistent challenges, notably, declining enrollments, budget cuts, eroding public trust, fiscal limitations and aging infrastructures and physical plants. Simultaneously, HBCU leaders are increasingly called to reframe the narrative surrounding the relevance and effectiveness of historically black colleges and universities.

OUR HISTORY

The Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) was established in March 2015 to provide bold, engaging and innovative learning and mentoring opportunities for current and aspiring leaders. At H.E.L.F., we intend to play a vital role in this mission by encouraging leaders to “lift as they climb” in order to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive as national models of achievement.

We encourage leaders to “lift as they climb” in order to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive as national models of achievement.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 3-6, 2021

The Leadership Institute will offer an intimate, interactive, professional, and personal development experience that provides each Fellow with a unique and valuable opportunity to assess personal vocation and leadership skill, reaffirm a continuing commitment to HBCUs and identify and enhance the essential qualities for a successful tenure as a principled and effective leader and senior administrator. Apply to attend. Spaces are limited.

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LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE REGISTRATION

$975

Admission to the Leadership Institute provides the Fellow access to and engagement with sitting and former HBCU presidents, senior HBCU administrators, HBCU thought-leaders, corporate leaders, and executive recruiters. The Leadership Institute is designed to encourage networking and the development of professional relationships, collaborations, and communities of practitioners.

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Lead. Inspire. Lift.

Lead. Our Fellows are challenged to demonstrate an acute awareness and willingness to incorporate empathy. Inspire. The Foundation delineates the fundamental ethos of leadership while highlighting the characteristics and traits of the quintessential leader and the ability to Inspire is a central theme with those who lead well. Lift. “Each One Teach One” is an old African Proverb and we have adopted it here at H.E.L.F., central to our core values is the demand of each of our Fellows to “Lift as they Climb”.  The pipeline line is not sustainable without a strengthening and continuous commitment to cultivating the next wave of leaders.

OUR SPONSORS

We are grateful for the support of

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MEET THE H.E.L.F. LEADERSHIP TEAM

Paving the Way to a Brighter Future

At H.E.L.F., we are guided by a set of core values which undergird the work of the Foundation and affirms our commitment to aspiring leaders and historically black colleges and universities.

MELVA WILLIAMS, PH.D.

Vice Chancellor

Southern University Shreveport

ELFRED ANTHONY PINKARD, ED.D.

President

Wilberforce University

HERMAN J. FELTON, JR., J.D., PH.D.

President

Wiley College

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Forethoughts from our Founders

We created a sacred space for our Practitioners, Researchers, Leaders and more to address all things that are on the heart of H.E.L.F. Catch an episode of topics ranging from legacy to hazing, student success to mental wellness.

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