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Founder/Executive Director

Fred Hord

Dr. Fred L. Hord
Knox College
Chair of Africana Studies

Dr. Fred L. Hord, Ph.D., professor and chair of Africana Studies, Knox College, is the executive director/founder of the national Association for Black Culture Centers. Previously, he taught at Hunter College, Franklin College, Wabash College, Indiana University, Howard University, North Carolina State University and Northern Illinois 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 quarterly 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 nine 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. The book on Abraham Lincoln will be published in two volumes, late this year, by the University of Illinois Press. Hord has published several articles and poems in journals, made more than 120 presentations on college/university campuses and served on the editorial Board of 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.


LaKeitha Poole

Dr. LaKeitha A. Poole
Louisiana State University
Director, Sport Psychology and Counseling Services
Athletic Department

LaKeitha A. Poole is the director of Sport Psychology & Counseling Services for the Louisiana State University Athletic Department. She previously served as coordinator for African American Student Affairs & Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and managed the LSU African American Cultural Center. She is a native of New Orleans, La. and holds a B.S. in psychology from Florida State University, an M.A. in clinical mental health from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in counselor education & supervision from Regent University. LaKeitha is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and the owner of Small Talk Counseling & Consulting Services, a Baton Rouge-based private practice. She currently serves as ABCC interim president.


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


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


Dr. Frank Dobson

Dr. 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. Francis Dorsey
Cleveland State University
Part-Time Instructor, Black Studies Program

Michaell Mason

Sean Palmer

Carl Simien

Kwame Zulu Shabazz

Deirdre Rouse

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

Deirdre Rouse serves as director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of West Georgia. A native of North Carolina, Deirdre earned a B.S. in psychology from Spelman College and an M.S. in community counseling with a concentration in gerontology from Georgia State University. She is currently an ABCC board member. 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