Clark Atlanta University’s latest board of trustees includes businessman William F. Picard and entrepreneur John Hope Bryant.
Picard is president of the Global Automotive Alliance, co-managing partner at MGM Grand Detroit, and CEO of Bearwood Management Company.
Bryant is the founder, president and CEO of Operation Hope Inc., Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company.
In a statement, University President George T. French said, the only way for CAU to prepare its students to be competitive and to excel in the world is to ensure that the school’s leadership has a vested interest in student development and can provide opportunities to students through their doors. open it.
Most recently, Clark’s School of Business Administration named Bryant its inaugural Entrepreneurial Scholar in Residence.
Bryant said, “This past year has faced the world with an unprecedented set of challenges, and I look forward to helping the University enter a new chapter with the benefits of the lessons learned—and Clark Atlanta.” With a commitment to making the university stronger than ever,” Bryant said. In a statement to the press.
Bryant also played a key role in Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s 2016 decision to rename the Treasury Annex Building to the Friedman Bank Building. Named the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, chartered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 to help millions of newly freed slaves become financially literate and secure.
Earlier this year Picard donated $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund for students at CAU, St. Augustine University and Philander Smith College.
“Since 1865, this institution has developed a rich history of serving black Americans. I feel grateful and honored that I had the opportunity to contribute and maximize the impact of the University to the community as well as the students,” said Pickard atlanta voice,
Picard was named honorary consul in Detroit by the government of the Bahamas in 2020. Their duties in the role include promoting trade, tourism, education and industry in an informal role.
His business expertise is something that Picard is excited to share in his new role on the Board of Trustees.
“I expect the next generation of CAU students to come through some of the hurdles and some of the hurdles they will inevitably face. Business is cyclical and while technology has changed the way we work, the values that form the foundation of business Stay the same: excellence, integrity and commitment,” Pickard said.