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Dr. Clarence G. Newsome Elected to Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors

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Dr. Clarence G. Newsome Elected to Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors

Education leader joins the Alliance to ensure every child a graduate

Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, president of Shaw University, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Alliance for Excellent Education.

Before assuming leadership of Shaw University in 2003, Dr. Newsome was the dean of Howard University Divinity School for 11 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors that include the Distinguished Service in Education Award from the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke Divinity School. He is the General Editor of the Director of African American Religious Bodies, Volume 2, and the author of several scholarly articles.

“Dr. Newsome’s contributions will be vital and valuable as the Alliance continues and accelerates its work to achieve real change in America’s high schools,” said Dan Leeds, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “He is deeply committed to the Alliance’s mission–to ensure that every child graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.”

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for college or the modern workplace. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York Community Trust, and the Daniels Fund as well as by concerned individuals.

For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit

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