John Silvanus Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will deliver a keynote speech at the Second Annual Alabama State University HBCU Conference Monday in Montgomery. Wilson will speak about how a new and recovered entrepreneurism can help today’s HBCU leadership make their institutions far more competitive.
As executive director, Wilson’s team works with the White House, 32 federal agencies, and the private corporate and philanthropic sectors to ensure that HBCUs are a significant force in helping the nation reach President Obama’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020.
The HBCU entrepreneurship conference provides attendees the opportunity to learn about black higher education, business development, entrepreneurship, grants, contracting and fellowships. It brings together officials from industry, government and education.