On the Yard podcast.


The power of networking and developing authentic relationships could be a key to success for HBCU leaders and advocates, according to Rust College President Ivy Taylor. In this episode of On the Yard, we explore the importance of collaboration and relationship building as a method to move HBCUs forward. President Taylor shares how she is leveraging relationships and collaborative partnerships to propel her historic institution.

Rust College President Ivy Taylor is making history in Holly Springs, MS. As the college’s first woman president, she is no stranger to firsts. She previously served as the first Black mayor of San Antonio, TX.

Taylor spent six years as a lecturer in public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also worked at a nonprofit affordable housing agency and served multiple terms as a city councilmember prior to her term as mayor. While serving as mayor, Taylor joined the Board of Trustees at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX. This sparked an interest in higher education, specifically HBCUs. In addition to her board membership at Huston-Tillotson, she is also on the board of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her doctoral studies in education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on leadership for HBCUs.

To learn more about the power of collaboration and how it can bolster the experience for HBCU students, listen to the podcast here.

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