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Tuskegee University President and Usher’s New Look CEO Join Southern Education Foundation Board of Trustees

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March 16, 2022 (Atlanta, GA)–The Southern Education Foundation today announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Trustees: Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, President of Tuskegee University, and Careshia Moore, President and CEO of Usher’s New Look (UNL).

Dr. Morris became Tuskegee University’s ninth president on August 1, 2021. She began her career at Tuskegee in 1984 as a faculty member of the College of Business and Information Science. She has also served as executive associate/chief of staff to the university president and secretary to the university’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Morris is a graduate of Jackson State University and Delta State University, and received her Ph.D. in education and business management from Kansas State University. She is a resident of Montgomery, Alabama.

“The Southern Education Foundation and Tuskegee University play pivotal and historic roles in advancing education equity,” said Morris. “It is no accident that Booker T. Washington was instrumental in the leadership of both institutions. I feel especially honored to join this Board of Trustees and to have the opportunity to use my experience in education to help advance SEF’s mission.”

Careshia Moore is the President and CEO of Usher’s New Look, a 21-year-old youth empowerment foundation committed to transforming the lives of underserved youth. As President and CEO of UNL, Moore provides strategic leadership to the organization that has helped transform the lives of more than 50,000 young people around the world. Moore has also served on the board of Communities in Schools of Henry County, the United Way Advisory Board, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the MENTOR Georgia Advisory Board. She has been named one of Southern Journal Magazine’s Top 14 under 40,and was named an Innovative Woman in History by the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA. Moore earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.

“As an educator and the CEO of UNL, the values and legacy of the Southern Education Foundation deeply resonate with me, as we both share the goal of empowering our nation’s youth to succeed,” said Moore. “I look forward to working with the Southern Education Foundation to help them achieve their vision and further the causes they stand for.”

In welcoming the two new Board members, SEF President and CEO Raymond Pierce said, “education provides the hope for our nation to overcome the historical injustices that have divided us and held us back for far too long. Unfortunately, at this time there are many who are pushing back against efforts to improve our education system and provide fair and equitable education for all. That is why it is crucial that we have effective and experienced leadership in equity organizations such as ours, who can lead us forward past these divisions toward a more equitable future. Charlotte Morris and Careshia Moore are two such leaders.”

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Originally founded in 1867 to educate Black children and children from low-income families in the South, the Southern Education Foundation also has a long history of developing leaders in education and was a pivotal source of research and data to support legislation and litigation aimed at fighting inequity in education during the civil rights era. The organization today conducts leadership development, research, and advocacy to improve educational opportunities for students of color and students from low-income families and achieve educational equity in the southern U.S. It is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Find out more at