WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Investment in historically black colleges and universities. That’s the promise that leaders of HBCUs from across the country got at the White House Monday.
President Trump invited HBCU presidents into the Oval Office during their visit.
“Having an opportunity to go the White House and hear people talk about how they want to help us advance our educational agendas – that just makes this trip tremendously successful in my opinion," said Florida A&M University interim president Larry Robinson.
Robinson is no stranger to Washington. He worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the President Obama.
“There were good things that were done in that administration," he explained. "I think we have an opportunity here now to advance the HBCU community.”
“HBCU’s are a priority to this Administration, a priority to this country," said President Rick Gallot of Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Gallot says the president is working on an executive order that will address the importance of HBCUs.
“It’s important because it will set the tone for what we can all expect from this White House," he said.
After the quick meet and greet with President Trump, the presidents had a longer opportunity to speak about issues with Vice President Pence.
“Things like year-round Pell Grants…and investment in our infrastructure," said Gallot.
“Moneys to support research initiatives," said Robinson. "Those kinds of things are going to help the university because it will help us do more for our students that we serve.”
The presidents also met with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and will meet with members of Congress on Tuesday.