Michael Lomax
FameRank: 4

"Michael Lucius Lomax" is, since 2004, the president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund of the United States. Lomax is the son of Lucius W. Lomax, Jr. (1910-73), a Los Angeles attorney, and Almena Lomax/Hallie Almena Davis Lomax (1915-2011), a journalist.

Biography of Dr. Michael L. Lomax

Lomax taught literature at Morehouse College and Spelman College, Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. For seven years he served as president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was able to increase enrollment by nearly 70%; complete $54 million in acquisitions and renovations, including the first new academic building since 1993, the Dillard University International Center for Economic Freedom; double the university’s assets; and nearly triple the fundraising from alumni, individuals, corporations and foundations.

Lomax also served for 12 years as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, Georgia, part of the greater Atlanta, Georgia, region. In 1989, he was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for mayor of Atlanta.

More Michael Lomax on Wikipedia.

We cannot abandon these institutions, and we cannot abandon the city of New Orleans.

We just can't afford to lose these schools. . . . They need special attention, and they need it urgently. They are a major part of the national strategy to close the education gap and have long been engines to the black middle class -- producing doctors, teachers, lawyers.

I went through seven hurricane seasons. We went through the drills.

This was a one-time major expenditure for a public building that we hope will have a life well into the next century. I hope this will be a landmark, a place where people congregate.

Atlanta has become a magnet for the beneficiaries of the civil rights movement, and those are the folks who attend New Birth.