Since 2004, Dr. Michael L. Lomax has been president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and educational support to African Americans. Under his leadership, UNCF has raised more than $2.5 billion, helping more than 92,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. Annually, UNCF’s work enables 60,000 students to go to college with UNCF scholarships and attend its 37-member historically black colleges and universities. Before coming to UNCF, Lomax was president of UNCF-member institution Dillard University and a literature professor at Spelman College and at Morehouse College, which is his alma mater. He serves on the boards of Teach For America, the KIPP Foundation, the Studio Museum of Harlem and the recently-opened Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African American History and Culture. He founded the National Black Arts Festival.
Portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders