Columbia, SC -- April 29, 2012 -- Dr. David H. Swinton, President and CEO of Benedict College, was recently elected chair of the Member Presidents of the United Negro College Fund, the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization, at the annual meeting of the UNCF board in New York City.
As chair of the Member Presidents of UNCF, Dr. Swinton will serve as Vice Chair of the Board and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee Board. In addition, his responsibilities include presiding over all meetings of the institutional members; Advising and Participating in Long-range Strategy Development; Reviewing and Approving Fund-raising Goals, Budgets and Performance; Ensuring Ethical Business Environment/Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Mandates; Evaluation of the President and CEO Performance; and Participating in Succession Planning/Compensation of Key Executive Officers.
"Serving as chair of the Member Presidents of UNCF is indeed an honor for me," said Dr. David H. Swinton. "There is no foundation I care about more, and no philosophy I trust more strongly than the ideal expressed in UNCF's motto, A mind is a terrible thing to waste.' But my effort with UNCF is an investment as well, for me and for Benedict College. The students who are learning at UNCF colleges and attending school with UNCF scholarships are the future leaders of our economy and our country."
To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."