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Kenneth W. Austin, Appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer
New York, NY – May 15, 2009 – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) today announced two
board appointments and one management appointment. Andre Hughes, Global Managing Director of
Accenture Cisco Business Group, and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO of
(an IAC Company), have been elected to the organization’s board of directors, effective immediately.
TMCF also announced the appointment of Kenneth W. Austin as Executive Vice President & Chief
Operating Officer.
Hughes is a 20-year veteran of Accenture. As managing director of Accenture’s newly formed business
group, he is responsible for sales, solution development, marketing, and delivery excellence.
Taylor has spent the last several years with IAC/InterActiveCorp - first as its Senior Vice President of
Human Resources, and now as chief of, a newly-launched IAC search engine for the
Black community. He is the Past Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),
and is a member of the Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. bar associations.
“Both Andre Hughes and Johnny Taylor are talented business leaders who bring extensive experience
helping organizations develop their human capital and train globally responsible leaders. We are
extremely pleased to have them join the board,” said Jim Clifton, Chairman of the TMCF board of
directors, and Chairman and CEO of Gallup.
TMCF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New York City with offices in Washington, D.C. and
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s mission is to enhance the competitiveness of students attending the 47 public
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools in 22 states. It offers innovative
programs focused on leadership development, best practices institutes, teacher training and secondary
education reform, education research, internships and HBCU talent sourcing. It is one of the nation’s most
respected non-profit organizations, having been awarded a 4- star rating from Charity Navigator two
years in a row for sound financial management.
Austin Appointed EVP and Chief Operating Officer
As Executive Vice President, Austin is responsible for enhancing the internal organization processes,
financial and technology management and infrastructure that enables TMCF to continue providing
leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. Austin
joined TMCF in March 2008 as Special Assistant to the President and CEO for Strategic Planning and
An attorney, Austin has more than 10 years experience in strategic planning and infrastructure building
with nonprofit and start-up organizations, focusing on accounting and technology systems integration. He
has also provided legal counsel to private industry clients, and the Federal government.
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“Ken’s superior strategic planning abilities have been invaluable in enhancing the leadership training
initiatives and technology platforms the Fund provides to the students and professors at our member
schools. He is insightful and knowledgeable about the unique challenges philanthropic organizations are
facing in this challenging economy,” said Dwayne Ashley, TMCF’s President and CEO.
Prior to joining the Fund, Austin built the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Inc. into a top-tier
national philanthropic organization, serving as its President for six of his 7-year tenure. Previously, he
was a founding board member of govWorks, Inc., where he served as Chief Legal Officer among other
roles; General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of the National Urban League; and corporate associate
at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and London. He also spent two years at the Department of the
Treasury as an Honors Attorney.
During his tenure at the National Urban League, Austin created the Young Professionals Organization,
which today is a national initiative with local chapters at more than 80 Urban League affiliates. He
currently serves on the board of directors of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity; and was a Fellow
with the Emerging Leaders Program, a joint initiative between the University of Cape Town’s Business
School and Duke University’s School of Public Policy.
Austin earned his Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Government from Harvard University, and his Juris
Doctorate degree from Yale Law School.
About Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was
established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 Law
Schools located in 22 states with a population of well over 250,000 students. Over the last 21 years, TMCF has
awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships
enabling more than 7,500 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of  
its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public
HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing
leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c)
3, tax-exempt organization.