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Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Named one of the "Power 100" by Ebony Magazine in its 2011 list of the 100 most influential African Americans, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. is the President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country's 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With approximately 80% of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, Mr. Taylor leads an organization responsible for providing this country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

Immediately prior to assuming the presidency of TMCF, Mr. Taylor worked as a senior executive for IAC/InterActiveCorp - first as its Senior Vice President of Human Resources and then as the President & CEO of one of IAC's operating subsidiaries, RushmoreDrive.com. Before joining IAC, Mr. Taylor's career spanned nearly 15 years as Litigation Partner and President of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm; Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Compass Group USA; General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Viacom subsidiary, Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and Associate General Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources for Viacom subsidiary, Blockbuster Entertainment Group.

Mr. Taylor, an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, went on to earn a Master of Arts With Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence With Honors from the Drake Law School, where he served as Research Editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification

Mr. Taylor, who currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, also volunteers his time to several not-for-profit boards, including serving as: Former Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), one of the world's largest professional associations with 250,000 membersworld's largest professional associations with 250,000 members in over 100 countries; and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union, one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher learning, dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.