WASHINGTON, DC – January 4, 2017 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. names Emily M. Dickens, J.D. as TMCF’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Relationship Officer. In this role, Dickens will contribute to TMCF’s overall mission and provide leadership and strategic direction in four major areas: Board of Director Relations, Policy and Advocacy, Member-school Administration Relations, and Legal.
Most recently, Dickens served as the Vice President for Public Policy and the Executive Director of the Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). During her time at AGB, Dickens provided strategic direction for AGB’s public policy initiatives and new federal advocacy agenda. Previously, she worked in North Carolina as the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations at the University of North Carolina system and as the Director of Government and Community Affairs at TMCF member-school Fayetteville State University (FSU). While at FSU, she secured over $7M in federal funding, realigning sponsorships to meet the strategic needs of the campus.
“Emily’s collective experience working for AGB, the University of North Carolina system, and Fayetteville State University, has prepared her exceptionally for the important function she’s about to oversee at TMCF on behalf of the Black College Community,” said TMCF President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “We are so fortunate to have someone with this unique set of strategic skills join our team.”
Dickens is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated and serves on the board of its Educational Advancement Foundation. She is also a member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University and the North Carolina Bar. Dickens earned her B.A. and M.A. in History from North Carolina Central University and her J.D. from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, both TMCF member-schools.
“As a product of a historically black university and someone who has advocated for access to higher education for most of my career, it is an honor to join the TMCF team,” said Emily Dickens. “I look forward to contributing to the success and sustainability of all of our nation’s publicly-supported HBCUs.”
About Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), established in 1987 is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. TMCF represents all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and its member-schools include the 47 publicly-supported HBCUs. With TMCF member-schools educating 80% of all students attending HBCUs, TMCF helps students with a clear intention to succeed acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.
TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: www.tmcf.org.