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(Washington, D.C.) – January 15, 2013 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is delighted to announce that John W. Garland, a distinguished scholar, veteran, academic leader and talented and enthusiastic educator will join the organization as its inaugural President-In-Residence. Coming off of a year-long celebration of its 25th Anniversary, TMCF’s appointment of President Garland is just one example of the type of innovation TMCF wants to become known for in higher education.

“When deciding to recruit a President-In-Residence to the organization it was clear we needed to look no further than one of our own retired member-school presidents in order to find the talent we were seeking. John Garland has been known as one of the most effective public Historically Black College and University presidents,” says Thurgood Marshall College Fund President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Garland served as President of Central State University from September 1997 through September 2012. Under his leadership the University experienced significant advances in financial and administration areas. Mr. Garland graduated from Central State University in 1971, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science in three years. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1974, and in that same year he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio.

Garland has demonstrated significant and inspired academic leadership over the years. Among the many responsibilities of the President-In-Residence, Garland will work closely with the TMCF executive team and its Board of Directors on providing strategic leadership to the TMCF member-school campuses as well as advice and guidance on matters of academic policy. His commitment to student success and experience as a former college administrator of nearly 25 years confirms his position as the quintessential candidates to help advance TMCF’s mission.

“I am honored to be joining the organization as the President-In-Residence,” said Garland. “I am anxious to get back in a higher education arena and look forward to collaborating with the TMCF staff on creating new opportunities for the public HBCUs.”

Prior to moving into higher education, Garland had a varied and successful career as a civil rights and trial lawyer. He began his career in higher education in 1988 as General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia. In 1991 he was named Associate General Counsel/Special Assistant Attorney General for the University of Virginia. In 1993 he was appointed to the position of Executive Assistant to the President of UVa and eventually became Associate Vice Provost for Intellectual Property. Garland is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received while serving as an infantry squad leader in Vietnam. He is a devoted husband, father and resides in the historic Le Droit Park district of Washington, D.C.


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. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: