13th Annual MUPI Conference

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MIAMI, FL –  (March 14, 2012) - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF’s) 13th Annual Member Universities Professional Institute (MUPI) will focus on how to ensure the financial security of HBCUs, Sunday through Wednesday, March 18-21, 2012 at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Financial Empowerment: Ensuring the Financial Security of Your HBCU” will call to action presidents, chancellors, senior level finance administrators and financial aid directors from TMCF’s 47 member-school network of public HBCUs.  The conference agenda is aimed at providing critical information on the latest best practices and business methodologies to help strengthen the financial future of public HBCUs.

Each year, MUPI aims to provide professional development and training for key decision makers of America’s public HBCUs through workshops, plenary sessions, and affiliation forums.  This year, the conference is only open to TMCF member-school leaders and their senior level finance administrators.

According to TMCF’s President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “In order to create financial stability and wealth, financial administrators must identify critical concerns that will have financial repercussions in providing a quality education to students. Some of those involve changing demographics, technology requirements and costs – all critical elements to surviving and succeeding in the 21st century.”  

Topics at this year’s MUPI conference include funding and development, retention and graduation, endowment development, capital financing and Pell Grant funding. The conference will also hold a Leadership Summit for all member-school presidents, chancellors, and law school deans. The Leadership Summit will address the major challenges facing HBCUs and how TMCF can provide better assistance in finding solutions to these challenges.

Some of the funding and development topics will include “Using Financial Data to Drive Growth,” “Innovative Growth Strategies,” and “Increasing the Performance of your Financial Aid Office,” to name a few.

Chairman and CEO, FraserNet, Inc., George Fraser will serve as one of the conference’s keynote speakers. Other speakers and presenters include Chief Risk Officer, ING Financial Services, Prakash Shimpi; Senior Vice President for University Advancement & External Affairs, University of Miami, Sergio Gonzalez; Vice President, Senior Portfolio Analyst ING, Investment Management, Susan Vinson; President, Foundation for the Mid-South, Dr. Ivye Allen; and President & CEO Association of Black Foundation Executives, Susan Taylor Batten.  

About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities—access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

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