175 Makers of History: Michael L. Lomax

Michael L. Lomax 84G
CEO, United Negro College Fund

Michael L. Lomax

Too young to participate in the sit-ins and civil right movements of the mid-twentieth century, Michael L. Lomax believes that there are still ways to enhance the fullest participation of minorities in all facets of American life.

For fifteen years, he worked both as an English professor at Atlanta area colleges, including Emory, and as the chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. As commissioner, he helped bring the 1988 Democratic National Convention and the 1996 Olympic Games to Atlanta and campaigned for government support of the arts. He later became president of the historically black Dillard University in New Orleans where he worked to make the school one of the best American liberal arts institutions.

Since 2004, he has served as president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, a provider of scholarships and educational support to the underprivileged.