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SPC Administrator, Dr. Erick Akins has been elected president of the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Title III Administrators, Inc.
Dr. Erick Akins, Title III Director

SPC Administrator Elected President of National Association of HBCUs

A St. Philip's College administrator has been elected president of the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Title III Administrators, Inc.; a nonprofit association responsible for the stewardship and administration of a multimillion dollar annual federal appropriation to HBCUs.

The St. Philip’s College administrator is Dr. Erick Akins. Dr. Akins is both the Title III director at St. Philip's College and an active corporate leader within the 17-year-old association that maintains a unified voice on behalf of 96 institutions of higher education receiving federal Title III Part B funding. Title III programs are a source of federal financial assistance that establishes or strengthens the physical plants, financial management, academic resources and endowment-building capacity of 96 HBCUs.

Title III Administration, Dr. Erick AkinsDr. Akins earned his bachelor’s degree in music education (Southern University, 1981), his master of arts degree in urban studies (Trinity University, 1988), and his Ph.D. in human services (Capella University, 2015). Akins has successfully given back through four years of service as the Title III association's parliamentarian, working as an executive committee member with two previous association presidents and serving as chair of the association's bylaws committee. When the association held its Annual Title III Technical Assistance Workshop business meeting in Atlanta in June, Akins was voted by his association peers to succeed current association president Ms. Helga Greenfield of Spelman College as association president. Akins assumes his new leadership role of president on Oct. 1, a few weeks following the installation of the association's newly elected executive board members on Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C.

One of the association's signature business activities is its Annual Technical Assistance Workshop where association members and senior U.S. education officials convene to discuss each administration’s higher education initiatives, funding and upcoming projects geared towards Title III-sponsored programs. Akins conveyed the HBCU community college capacity-building experience when St. Philip's College hosted the association's 2015 technical assistance workshop themed The Changing Landscape of HBCUs: Implications for Title III. In June of 2016 in Arlington, Va., Akins shared exemplary St. Philip's College best practices during the association's 2016 technical assistance workshop themed Title III Programs: Building for Sustainability & Long-term Success. Akins' presentation themed Transitioning to Sustainability - Case Studies shared exemplary best practices on strategic steps that successful institutions can also consider to ensure both continuity of service and sustainability from Title III funded projects, particularly best strategies and methods that have been used to transform projects from Title III funded projects and programs to institutionally-funded projects and programs.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HBCU TITLE III ADMINISTRATORS, INC.: The National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc. is organized to be a nonprofit association that represents the general concerns of Title III Administrators for Title III, Part B and Part F Projects. The purpose of the Association is to provide professional development, information, technical assistance, and serve as an advocate to help advance and strengthen HBCU, Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act (SAFRA), and Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) programs of the Higher Education Act at HBCU institutions. Furthermore, the purpose of the association is to encourage and maintain a professional relationship with the U.S. Department of Education and to serve as a forum for discussion of regulations and policies relative to compliance and program implementation. Its mission is to encourage and facilitate an open dialogue among Title III-eligible schools as they work together to quantify the legislative intent of Title III Program legislation, thereby strengthening the resource development capacity of HBCUs in order to move them into the mainstream of American higher education. Find details on the association at http://www.hbcut3a.org/.

Title III Administration Photo 01CAPTION: The 64-year-old Turbon Student Center at St. Philip's College in San Antonio, constructed in 1953, renovated in both 1976 and 1996 and ceremonially opening Aug. 9 following a $10 million third renovation, is an example of a building with construction partially funded by grants that strengthen the physical plants, financial management, academic resources and endowment-building capacity of 96 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. Erick Akins of St. Philip's College has been elected president of the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Title III Administrators, Inc.; a nonprofit association responsible for the stewardship and administration of the annual federal appropriation to HBCU's for those purposes.
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