Education, Higher Education
HBCUbiquity, produced by the Tom Joyner Foundation, is a weekly podcast that offers in-depth, honest and straightforward conversations with administrators, faculty, students, celebrities and experts about the future of HBCUs, fundraising, accreditation, student recruitment and enrollment as well as the accomplishments of faculty who are doing interesting research, student scholars about their current accomplishments and alumni who are making a difference in their communities, and topical trends and issues related to the African-American community.
Thomas Joyner, Jr. is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Tom Joyner Foundation, a 501c3, non-profit organization that raises money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
He is also co-founder of REACH Media Inc., the Dallas-based multi-media firm that is parent company of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and BlackAmericaWeb.com, which Joyner also helped conceive. He has served as president of Tom Joyner Online Education Company, a portal for students to attain undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and training from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help over 29,000 students stay in school at HBCUs. The Foundation has also partnered with various charities over the years, including the United Negro College Fund, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money for these schools.
Joyner has shepherded the fundraising efforts by working closely with the HBCUs and facilitating relationships with thousands of individual donors and dozens of corporations who are supporting the effort. Over the years, major corporate support has come from Denny’s, Toyota Financial Services, Allstate, Budweiser, Southwest Airlines, Ford Motor Company, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Additionally, under Joyner’s leadership, he has launched the Teacher Quality Initiative (TQI), a program designed to increase the pool of African-American public school teachers with expertise in science, technology, engineering and math. The foundation also secured a three-year grant from the U.S. Job Corps to create the “College Pathways” program, which is setting out to increase readiness for college among Job Corps students and create access to a college education.
Joyner currently serves on the board of the University of North Texas-Dallas Foundation. He also has served on the Advisory Board of the Alcorn State University School of Business and the Board of Trustees of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. He has won a Distinguished Service Award from Philander Smith University in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Tougaloo College Soaring Eagle Award. Additionally, he has traveled the country as a fundraising consultant for various public and private HBCUs as well as North Texas political campaigns.
Joyner, who lives in Southlake, Texas with his wife LaToy, daughter, Griffen and son, Thomas III, has a degree in International Business from Howard University.