MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Some of the nation's leading experts on higher education were in Montgomery on Wednesday afternoon visiting the campus of Alabama State University.
There, they were discussing the futures of Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Seven experts were on the panel at ASU's HBCU Symposium. One of those experts was Johnathan Holifield, the director of President Trump's White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
"The contribution of Alabama State and her sister institutions to Alabama sustained prosperity and ultimately national prosperity is a discussion worth having," Holifield said.
The other panelists included the president of Tuskegee University and the president of Alabama A&M.
"Some people may question the value of HBCU's but I think that after the symposium like today people who are not familiar with the role of HBCU's are going to be very much impressed," Lily McNair, president of Tuskegee University, said.
"We are access and opportunity institutions and we have proved over the years we can work with young people and transform their lives and we want to be sure that we emphasize and talk about importance and significance of HBCU's," Andrew Hugine, president of Alabama A&M, said.
ASU President Quinton Ross was also there.
"I'm an example of what an HBCU can produce and so we're opening it up to the community and to everyone to be involved and to understand the unique place that we have in the overall fiber of this country and that's what's important," Ross said.
The symposium was held as a part of the celebration of the inauguration of ASU's 15th president, Dr. Quinton Ross.
Ross will be inaugurated on August 30.