President Joe Biden has appointed Taraji P. Henson, Chris Paul and others to the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. 

Seven presidents from historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs), the president of United Airlines and the first Black woman to be the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator are also among Biden’s selections.

Henson is a graduate of Howard University, the alma mater of Vice President Kamala Harris. Paul is a 2x Olympic gold medalist and a 12-time NBA All-Star with the Phoenix Suns.

On Thursday, Henson took to her Instagram to announce her appointment and said that she looks forward to working with President Biden and Vice President Harris in their efforts for HBCUs.

“I am excited to announce that President Biden has appointed me to serve on his HBCU Board of Advisors,” Henson said. “Since taking office, the President and Vice President Harris have invested $5.8 Billion in HBCUs, and I look forward to working with them to continue efforts to support these important institutions.”

Paul has long been passionate about bringing awareness and increasing funding for HBCUs. He announced the news on his Instagram sharing similar sentiments as Henson.

“Incredibly humbled to be appointed to President Biden’s HBCU Board of Advisors. Looking forward to working with this amazing group to continue to elevate these historical institutions,” Paul wrote.

Henson and Paul join Dr. Tony Allen, the president of Delaware State University, and Dr. Glenda Glover, the president of Tennessee State University and five other HBCUs; Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, Alabama State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Dillard University.

Brett Hart, president of United Airlines, and Lisa Jackson, the first Black administrator of the EPA, will serve on the Board. Biden intends to appoint Paige Blake, a 20-year-old junior at Bowie State University.