Board of Directors

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Founder/Executive Director

Fred HordDr. Fred L. Hord
Professor, Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Northern Illinois University

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.



Dr. Rodney T. Cohen
Visiting Associate Professor
Northern Illinois University

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.

Vice President

LaKeitha PooleDr. LaKeitha A. Poole
Louisiana State University
Assistant Director, Sport Psychology & Counseling Services
Athletic Department

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.


Marjorie Fuller
West Virginia University
Director, Center for Black Culture and Research


Dr. Teresa Smith
College of Charleston
Office of Multicultural Student Programs & Services


Todd McFadden
Founder and President, Higher Ed Diversity Consulting Group

Board Members

Dr. Shakeer A. Abdullah
University of Minnesota
Assistant Vice President, Office of Equity and Diversity

Dr. Frank DobsonDr. Frank Dobson
Vanderbilt University
Assistant Dean and Director, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

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.

Dr. Schvalla Rivera
Western Nebraska Community College
Dean of Students

Deirdre RouseDeirdre Rouse
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Row Hall East
Carrollton, GA 30118

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

Charles Brown
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
Altgeld Hall-310
DeKalb, IL 60115

Dr. Fred Hord, Founder/Executive Director
Professor, Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

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