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The Week's HBCU Headlines

Marc Morial

Though Historically Black College and University students have headed home for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are still happenings to report from the Yard.

HBCU Presidents, CEO of the National Urban League Marc Morial, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with Chinese government officials for the second time since August to discuss increasing Black student participation in cultural exchanges. CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge advocated for HBCU students, telling the Vice Premier of China and other officials that more African American students need to enhance their understanding their role in the global economy.  The Chinese government pledged to host 400 students from CBC member districts as exchange students over the next four years.

Morgan State’s football team is in need of a new coach. On Monday, the school announced that Donald Hill-Eley would not return as the team’s head coach after 12 years in the position.  Last year, Hill-Eley reportedly received an email of the university’s plan to find his replacement though the school agreed to finish out his contract this year.  “I appreciate the opportunity that Morgan has provided my family and the opportunity to help educate and raise men,” Hill-Eley told the Baltimore Sun. “I’m just fortunate enough that I was able to return the program better than what they gave me. It’s time for a new chapter.”

Tuskegee University competed in its first-ever playoff football game last weekend. The Golden Tigers failed to make it to round two of the Division II playoffs, losing to North Alabama 30-27. Placekicker Trevor Wylie scored the first points in the schools playoff history, according to their website.

Florida A&M University trustees say they plan to have hired a new president by Feb. 11, 2014. CNN says that the search won’t happen any sooner because the school will not know its accreditation has been reinstated until Dec. 10. In Dec. 2012, the school’s accreditation was put on probation following the death of a drum major in a hazing incident. Larry Robinson is the interim president; about 37 people are said to have applied for the new position.

Howard University’s Moorland Spingarn Research Center s hosting the U.S. premiere of an exhibit on nelson Mandela titled “Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman.” The exhibit will run until April 27, 2014. Via Howard

Fisk University’s famed Jubilee Singers, its Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and University Choir will preform at a Christmas concert on Dec. 3 Via Fisk