ASU's Ross Joins FCC Commissioner Starks' HBCU President's Roundtable

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ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. (photo-credit: David Campbell/ASU).

- This hour-long event will be live streamed at -
- By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.
Join Alabama State University's President Quinton T. Ross Jr. on Monday (May 4) at Noon (CST) as he is one of a select group of national university presidents who are part of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks' Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Presidents’ virtual Roundtable, titled "The State of Connectivity in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic."
President Ross will join Commissioner Starks’ nationally broadcast 'virtual' panel to discuss the connectivity needs of students, faculty, and staff at HBCUs during this time of social-distancing and quarantine.

All members of the panel, led by Commissioner Starks, understand the need and urgency for our schools, students and faculty to remain connected. Today, distance learning is more important than ever as schools have turned to it in earnest to protect the health of students and all university employees. In order to facilitate distance learning, HBCUs across the country have found creative solutions to address broadband connectivity for their students and employees who live in all areas of the United States.
Starks, ASU's Ross and all of the panelists know and understand that HBCUs play a critical role in our nation, and these institutions must have the support of all branches of government to keep both America's HBCUs and the 'ship of state' viable, relevant and successful.
“I applaud Commissioner Starks for convening this important and relevant discussion centering on how the nation’s HBCUs are expanding online learning and finding creative solutions to address internet connectivity issues for faculty, staff and students in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic,” Ross said.


This event will feature special remarks from U.S. Representative Alma Adams (NC-12), U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and convene presidents and leadership from various HBCUs from across the nation.

The panel discussion will be moderated by David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition and former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. The hour-long event will be live streamed at

The event's confirmed panelists include:
    Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., President of Alabama State University
    Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President of Norfolk State University
 Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, President of Kentucky State University
 Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University
 Dr. George T. French Jr., President of Clark Atlanta University
 Dr. Larry Robinson, President of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
 Mr. Tom Jackson, Vice Chancellor, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
 Dr. Adebisi Oladipupo, Vice President for Information Technology of Morgan State University
Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC's web page at The FCC’s webcast is free to the public.

For additional information about the roundtable, please contact Alisa Valentin in the office of Commissioner Geoffrey Starks (202) 418-2500 or
ASU media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.