President and CEO
- Race and diversity
Since 2004, Michael Lomax has been president and chief executive officer of United Negro College Fund, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students. Before joining UNCF, Lomax was president of UNCF-member institution Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at UNCF-member institutions Morehouse and Spelman colleges. He was the first African American elected as chairman of the Fulton County Commission in Atlanta. A leading advocate for the importance of cradle-through-college education for all Americans, Lomax is co-chair of the Education Equality Project, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind and a member of the governing boards of Teach For America, the KIPP Foundation and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. He is also a frequent contributor to the National Journal’s Education Experts blog and author of the MorehouseMan blog at Essence.com. Lomax also serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African American History and Culture and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He founded the National Black Arts Festival.