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Changes at Bennett – Two new grants

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Bennett College has named a new president and two new trustees, and has received two grants.

The new president of the 127-year-old women’s college is Althia F. Collins, CEO of Academic and Educational Resources, a consulting firm she founded in Alexandria, Va., that advises schools like Bennett.

Bennett’s two new trustees are Tom Joyner Jr., son of the radio talk-show host, and Mary Reed, chief operating officer of Tartts Day Care Center in Boston.

Tom Joyner Jr. is CEO of the Tom Joyner Foundation, which has raised more than $3 million to support historically black colleges and universities. The foundation last summer gave $217,000 to Bennett, which has raised more than $21 million in its $50 million capital campaign that began in 1997.

The school also has received $100,000 from the AT&T Foundation and $10,000 from the Joyce Foundation in Chicago.

The AT&T grant supports the school’s effort to integrate technology into all aspects of teaching, learning and research. The school currently is putting a new information-technology plan into effect and recently hired Joseph Daniels as its chief information officer.

The Joyce grant will help the school team up with schools, churches, businesses and community groups to boost the achievement of children of low-income single mothers.

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