Ep. 13- State of HBCUs: New Jack Presidents

Episode Summary– What did you think of your HBCU college president and do you know what’s going on at your school now? HBCUbiquity’s host Thomas Joyner Jr. talks to two “new jack” HBCU presidents who have adopted “out of the box” approaches in leading these HBCUs. Joyner talks to Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr.  president of Wiley College, and Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, president of Virginia Union.


  • Wiley College is a rural HBCU located in Marshall, Texas. It is 1 of 8 or 9 schools in the nation that has a program to educate inmates.
  •  Heman M. Sweatt Center for Social Good and Leadership
  • What African-Americans should focus on – Leadership, understanding of social Good, and Entreprenuership
  • “Unapologetically serious about creating change agents”
  • Cultural differences between northern and southern HBCUs
  • Dr. Felton’s background story and journey 
  • First word of advice recieved in regards to becoming a HBCU president: ” You need to learn how to raise money” 
  • “There is absolutely nothing you can’t do and because of that I will not accept mediocrity not one day while you are around me.” – President Jimmy Jenkins
  • “Education is my social justice…Social justice is our ability to use our lives to express loudly our freedom.” -Dr. Lucas
  • How first generation students can be disciples of higher education
  • Combating ‘Ageism’ as a college president and how it relates to students
  • Virginia Union University is the only HBCU located in a state capital. VUU is RVA campaign marks Virgina Union’s connection with the local Richmond community.
  • How to draw greatness from underpreforming students: “You must provide a structured environment where students understand what it takes to be great” 

*edit: Dr. Lucas mentioned his “big brother”, Dr. Dwaun Warmack as the president of Harris-Stowe State University. Dr. Warmack is now the president of Claflin University. 

HBCUs mentioned in this episodeWiley College, Virginia Union University, Edward Waters College, Livingstone College, Wilberforce University


Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr. is the 17th President and Chief Executive Officer of Wiley College. Prior to, Dr. Felton has served as the president of Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private HBCU from July 2016 to 2018. He is co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), a Marines Corp Veteran, and a graduate of HBCU, Edward Waters College.

Dr. Hakim J. Lucas is the 13th President of Virginia Union University (VUU). Prior to, Dr. Lucas has served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, an HBCU located in Daytona Beach, Florida, for 5 years. He also served in leadership at State University of New York at Old Westbury and Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Lucas’ alma mater is Morehouse College




Dr. Felton Twitter: @hermanfelton

Instagram: @hfelton8711

Facebook: Herman J. Felton Jr.

Wiley College Twitter: @WileyCollege

Dr. Lucas Instagram: @VUUPresident

Instagram: @vaunion1865

Twitter: @VUUPresident

VUU Twitter: @VAUnion1865

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