President Dr. Abdullah Appointed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Board

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States, announced the election of four new Board members Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D., president of Virginia State University; Michael Carrel, president, CEO, and director of AtriCure; Michael E. Kassan, founder, chairman and CEO of MediaLink; and Rhonda Mims, senior vice president, Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer of Mission Square Retirement. This new cohort of leadership will bring their expertise and compassion to BBBSA in order to increase equity, impact, and growth across the organization, making a lasting impact on the lives of young people.

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President of Virginia State University. Dr. Abdullah has positioned VSU successfully into a chapter of continued growth focusing on initiatives that include Student Opportunity and Access, Academic Excellence and The Holistic Experience for Students. Additionally, Dr. Abdullah is an active member on numerous boards and committees which includes Chair of the Council of 1890s Presidents for Association of Public Land-Grant Universities; Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College, and Vice Chair of the Council of Presidents for Virginia Institutions of Higher Education.

Congratulations and Thank you, Dr. Abdullah, for continuing to make a difference in young lives.