With great fanfare, President Donald Trump vowed to out-do former President Barack Obama in supporting the nation’s historically black colleges when he signed an executive order in February to place oversight of the schools directly in the White House.
Six months later, the school’s leaders are still waiting for results.
Black college and university leaders are raising serious questions about how Trump, who won 8 percent of the African American vote last year, is dealing with their communities’ concerns.
The president has yet to appoint an executive director for his HBCU initiative, though an announcement is expected next month.
Several HBCU presidents, chancellors, and advocates had hoped that Trump’s new-found attention to their concerns would translate to more federal funding for their campuses. But Trump’s executive order included no additional money for black colleges. (News & Observer)