Clark Atlanta University Names Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Honorary Fellow of HBCU Executive Leadership Institute

Keisha Lance Bottoms was named an HBCU ELI Honorary Fellow at CAU this week. (Clark Atlanta University)

The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (HBCU ELI) at Clark Atlanta University, today announced its first honorary fellow, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Funded in large part by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), HBCU ELI aims to serve as an incubator for recruiting and developing the next generation of leaders for over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The first-of-its-kind program boasts a roster that includes 58% women, making it the nation’s most diverse cohort of future HBCU leaders. CZI’s $1M donation is the largest gift to HBCU ELI to date.

A graduate of Florida A&M University, Mayor Bottoms is the only Mayor in Atlanta’s history to have served in all three branches of government, serving as a judge and City Councilmember before being sworn in as Mayor.

“For more than 150 years, HBCUs have not only played an important role in American higher education, but also in building stronger communities and world-class leaders in every sector of society,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press release. “As a proud graduate of Florida A&M University, I am excited to accept this honorary fellowship and support HBCU ELI’s efforts to ensure this legacy continues.”

With a progressive agenda focused on equity and affordable housing, Mayor Bottoms serves as Chair of the Community Development and Housing Committee, and the Census Task Force for the United States Conference of Mayors. Bottoms became a national figure in 2020, after she endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, and gained attention for her bold action in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd.

“Mayor Bottoms is experienced, intelligent, and has a strong commitment to the next generation of women leaders,” Dr. George T. French, Jr., president of Clark Atlanta University said. “As an alumna of Florida A&M University, she continues to remind us that HBCUs can indeed create leaders who help solve society’s most pressing challenges, even in the face of crisis.”

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Voice

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