Dr. Fred L. Hord, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University and former Chair of Africana Studies, Knox College, is the Executive Director/Founder of the national Association for Black Culture Centers. He also was a professor at Knox College, as well as Director of Knox College's Africana Studies Program. Previously, he taught at Hunter College, Franklin College, Wabash College, Indiana University, Howard University, and North Carolina State University. Hord founded the Association for Black Culture Centers in 1988, served two terms as its President, and has been the Executive Director since 2000; he is the editor of “Nommo,” the bi-annual newsletter of the ABCC. Hord edited and contributed to Black Culture Centers: Politics of Identity and Survival, the only book available that focuses only on black Culture Centers, and will be editing its sequel. He has written and/or edited eight books, has one in the galleys, and has submitted proposals to three major publishers for books on the New Negro, Psychological Issues of Black Students on White Campuses, and African American Views on the Reluctant Emancipator. Hord has published several articles and poems in journals, made more than 100 presentations on college/university campuses, and served on the editorial Board of such national academic journals such as the Journal of Black Studies and the Western Journal of Black Studies. He was also a long-time member of the Board of the National Council for Black Studies. He has been an activist in the Black and Multicultural community since the early Seventies.
Rodney T. Cohen has nearly two decades of experience in educational strategy and leadership involving areas of cultural competency, ethnocentric programming, curriculum development, community outreach, shared interest group fund raising and alumni relations. He has led two major educational associations and served on several local and national boards. Cohen holds a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.
LaKeitha A. Poole is the Assistant Director of Sport Psychology & Counseling Services for the Louisiana State University Athletic Department. She previously served as Coordinator for African American Student Affairs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Louisiana State University and managed the LSU African American Cultural Center (AACC). She is a native of New Orleans, LA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from Louisiana State University. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC). LaKeitha is a licensed professional counselor and owner of Small Talk Counseling & Consulting Services as well as a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University. Her research interests include mental health issues among college students, vulnerability and resilience in domestic minority populations, and African American family systems.
West Virginia University
Director, Center for Black Culture and Research
Dr. Teresa Smith
College of Charleston
Office of Multicultural Student Programs & Services
Dr. Shakeer A. Abdullah
University of Minnesota
Assistant Vice President, Office of Equity and Diversity
Frank E. Dobson, Jr., Ph.D., is Associate Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as Director of the Bishop Johnson Black Cultural Center and Faculty Head of House of Gillette House at Vanderbilt University. Dobson also teaches English at Fisk University. His publications include two novels, Rendered Invisible (2010, Plain View Press) and The Race is Not Given (1999, SterlingHouse). Most recently, Dobson has published articles on black film, particularly on legendary black actors such as James Edwards, Woody Strode and others. Dobson also serves on a number of boards and committees, and is committed to helping our youth excel.
Deirdre Rouse serves as the Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of West Georgia (UWG). A native of North Carolina, Deirdre earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling with a concentration in gerontology from Georgia State University. She is currently a board member of the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC). At UWG, Deirdre serves on the Presidential Committee on Campus Inclusion and works with various campus and community partners. Additionally, she serves on the University System of Georgia annual Diversity Summit planning committee. Being active in the community, Deirdre serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of West Georgia, Alice’s House Children’s Group Home, Carrollton Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts, Carrollton-Carroll County League of Women Voters, and on the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church of Carrollton.
Larry Williamson, Jr.
The Ohio State University
Director, Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center
Ex-Officio Board Members
Indiana State University
African American Cultural Center
Dr. Lonnie R. Williams
Arkansas State University
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
ABCC National Headquarters
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Dr. Rodney T. Cohen, President
Visiting Associate Professor
Terry Duffy, ABCC Executive Assistant
Donnie Forti, Web Expert
Crystal Agbu, Graduate Assistant
Jordan Brown, Work Study Student
James Jackson, Graduate Assistant
Sussethe Renteria, Graduate Assistant