WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-chair of the bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, released the following statement on President Biden’s appointment of Dr. Tony Allen to serve as Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In this role, Dr. Allen will advance the goals of the HBCU Initiative, established by the Carter Administration, to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to its students and continue serving as engines of opportunity. Senator Coons helped pass the HBCU Partners Act in Congress, which laid the foundation for the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs.

“Dr. Allen is a remarkable leader and champion for HBCUs. As president of Delaware State University, he has helped transform the university into a premier center for learning and cutting-edge research that graduates top talent to lead our communities and boardrooms,” Sen. Coons said. “Dr. Allen has the vision and dedication to continue to advance the vital role that our nation’s HBCUs play in serving future generations of American students. I look forward to supporting him in this work.”