THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release November 1,
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES EARL WILSON, JR., TO THE PRESIDENT?S BOARD OF
ADVISORS ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The President today announced his intent to appoint Earl Wilson, Jr.,
as a member of the President?s Board of Advisors on Historically Black
Colleges and Universities.
Earl Wilson, Jr., of St. Louis, Missouri, is the President and
Executive Director of the Saint Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation.
The Foundation sponsors an annual football game featuring black colleges,
as well as other sports and educational activities. The Foundation has
contributed over $1.5 million for scholarships and other educational
programs to the local community. In December 1998, Mr. Wilson retired from
IBM, where he had worked for more than twenty-six years. He was also the
Vice President for Sales and Director of Marketing for the 1994 U.S.
Olympic Festival. Mr. Wilson has received numerous professional and civic
awards for service to his community. Among them are The Malcolm X
Distinguished Service Award, the Urban League Guild Achievement Award, the
Public School Achievement Award, and the Better Life Achievement Award.
Mr. Wilson received a B.S. from Lincoln University. He has received
Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Harris Stowe State College, Lincoln
University, and the University of Pine Bluff.
The President?s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and
Universities advises the President and the Secretary of Education on the
development of a federal program designed to achieve an increase in the
participation of historically black colleges and universities in federally
sponsored programs; and advises on increasing the private sector role in
strengthening historically black colleges and universities. Particular
emphasis is given to facilitating technical, planning, and development
advice to historically black colleges and universities, with the goal of
ensuring their viability.