LSU Student Elected to National Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Black Graduate Student Association Inc., or NBGSA, is pleased to announce the election of Jerry Whitmore Jr. as the vice president for Membership Affairs during the organization’s 25th national conference in Dearborn, Mich.
A native of Milan, Tenn., Whitmore is currently a third-year doctoral student in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education in the School of Education, where he is studying under the direction of Roland Mitchell. His research interests include university policy and state laws – more specifically African-American’s serving as the highest-ranking university executive officer, impact on governance and relationships with state officials/university governing boards.
As the organization prepares for an intense 26th year conference, Whitmore’s position is vital. New officers serve in the position as “elect” until the current administration ends in June 2013.
Whitmore previously served as the assistant director of Greek Life at LSU from 2009-12. While at Greek Life, he advised six fraternities/sororities; the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC; and seven executive board members, along with the NPHC Greek Judicial Board. He was responsible for developing and assisting positive and meaningful programs, including Greek Week, recruitment, new member education, leadership development, event planning and the creation of new programs designed to enhance and develop the entire Greek community.
A recipient of the Economic Development Assistantship award from LSU, Whitmore is conducting research about issues of poverty in a local Baton Rouge high school, under the advisement of LSU social work professor Pamela A. Monroe.
The National Black Graduate Student Association conference welcomed graduate and professional students from diverse academic and regional backgrounds from across the world. Students presented original research through roundtable, panel and poster presentations. Some of the featured speakers for the conference included Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, and Molefi Kete Asante, the founder of Afrocentricity.
“We are dedicated to encouraging and empowering black graduate students in all disciplines towards high achievement, academic excellence and leadership,” remarked national President Anta Sane. “In this 25th year conference, the leadership team has focused on creating the most sustainable infrastructure possible for the association to be progressive for another 25 years.”
Founded in 1989, the student-run organization continues to address the needs of minority students through providing them with countless academic and professional development opportunities. It hosts five regional student development conferences and one national research conference each year. The NBGSA also awards three scholarships and publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Call & Response. Students received awards and hosted the elections for national posts during the conference.
“This year’s conference also created a long list of action items for our organization and membership,” said Sane. “Throughout its platform and energizing space to connect, strategize and dialogue with a powerful network of black graduate students, NBGSA plays an important role in the success of Black graduate students – and even more importantly, this role starts with our leadership.”
The NBGSA executive board will meet at Howard University in Washington, D.C., June 13-16 for its annual Leadership Summit and networking social. Subsequent quarterly meetings will be held in the South Central region in October 2013 and January 2014. The 26th annual meeting will be held in March 2014. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.nbgsa.org or call 1-800-471-4102.
The School of Education is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College of Human Sciences and Education, joining the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. For more information on the School of Education, go to www.lsu.edu/education.