CEO of Stanley Black & Decker to Chair 23rd Anniversary Thurgood Marshall College Fund Awards Dinner
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc. (TMCF), named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 23 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the strongest voice for the 47 Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities and 6 Law schools across the nation, has announced that John F. Lundgren, president and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, will chair its 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner on Monday, November 1, 2010, in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Stanley Black & Decker is the company created upon The Stanley Works’ 2010 acquisition of Black & Decker Corporation. Prior to joining The Stanley Works as chairman and CEO in 2004, Mr. Lundgren was an executive officer of Georgia Pacific, where he was responsible for its International Consumer Products Business.
The event is a continuing tradition that began more than 20 years ago in the name of civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. As the TMCF’s signature fundraising event, the annual Awards Dinner has, over the years, significantly advanced the organization’s mission while championing academic excellence and supporting students at public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
This year’s Awards Dinner will recognize the achievements of some of the nation’s foremost visionaries who promote diversity, leadership and community service. The 2010 Honorees include: Neil Golden, senior vice president, chief marketing officer, McDonald’s USA, LLC; Rhonda Mims, president, ING Foundation & senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs; Kenneth Wilcox, senior vice president of sales, LALA USA; and Dr. George C. Wright, president, Prairie View A&M University.
“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is pleased to welcome John Lundgren as chair of our 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner. John is an outstanding corporate leader whose unwavering commitment to championing education and diversity mirrors our own,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as Chair of the 2010 Awards Dinner and to support the TMCF in achieving its fundraising goals as we work to advance its noble mission,” said Mr. Lundgren.
The 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner concludes TMCF’s annual Anniversary Weekend, which also brings together more than 600 students from across the country for a Leadership Institute and Recruitment Conference. With over 100 corporations and government agencies participating, these students are provided an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from noted industry executives. Past TMCF Dinner chairs include John Esposito, president & CEO of Bacardi USA, and Carl C. Dalstrom, president and CEO, USA Funds.