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SAAB Founder & CEO Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe to Give Keynote at CWU

SAAB Founder and CEO, Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe will be giving his keynote speech in the SURC Theatre at 7pm on Thursday, April 28th.

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe is an educator with more than 30 years of high quality postsecondary education experience. He is the founder and current CEO-President of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) Organization----a national organization with over 350 chapters in 

36 states that endeavors to instill a “spirit of care” in, and enhance the experiences of African American and Latino males in our country. Before transitioning to his role with SAAB, Dr. Bledsoe served as Vice President for Student Life and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Toledo.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Mississippi State

University, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Bledsoe’s academic and professional prowess is underscored by his recognition as Outstanding Doctoral Student in the State of Georgia, along with his honor as Outstanding Doctoral Alumnus by the University of Georgia.

Dr. Bledsoe is a contributing author to the book African American Men in College, and his scholarly publications and contributions were further solidified through his appearances on several talk shows where he has discussed issues pertaining to African American and Latino males. Further, his expertise was requested by an international research team that addressed issues affecting men of color in London and male challenges in Germany. In 1999, he was invited to serve as guest lecturer at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute in Oxford, England to discuss his work with the latter. Dr. Bledsoe is highly recognized by several professional associations for his research, publications, presentations, and scholarly work. Because of his many contributions to Student Affairs in higher education, his membership with the American College Personnel

Association (ACPA) led to his being distinguished as a Diamond Honoree. The University System of

Georgia recently awarded him with the “Impact Award” for his contributions to the State of Georgia. His work was recently featured in the Harvard University Educational Review Journal and he profiled by Black Scholar and Professor, Dr. Boyce Watkins, as a bright and innovative leader committed to saving young males of color. His international work has earned him notoriety with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, which recently selected him as one of the most outstanding social innovators in the world. In 2014, he was invited by Bermuda College [of the island of Bermuda] to serve on their editorial journal board for the “Voices in Education”. Recently, he was nominated to the “CNN Heroes” Class of 2015 for his contributions to humankind and his impact as a world innovator.

Former President Bill Clinton invited him to participate in the “Clinton Global Initiative” (CGI-America) in Chicago (June 2011) to help shape discussions on how the U.S. could strengthen its workforce. President Clinton deemed Dr. Bledsoe’s voice critical to the conversation given his efforts to address the existing achievement gaps for minority students. Recently, he was invited by the White House to attend a National Summit on the Success of Black Males hosted by Secretary of Education (Arne Duncan) as a direct response to President Obama’s executive order for an initiative to address the success of African American Students. Recently, he was featured in the national newsletter of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and deemed a “National Treasure” by the Managing Director (Shawn Dove). Lumina Foundation for Education’s President

(Jamie Merisotis) recently celebrated him as an enduring and inspiring leader that’s helping America develop the future talent our country needs. The City of Detroit (Michigan) recently honored him with the “Spirit of Detroit Award” for the work in the city.

Dr. Bledsoe was born and raised in Grenada, Mississippi. He currently resides in Toledo, Ohio. He is a distinguished member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc and the past president of the Rotary Club of Reynolds Corners. The thousands who have heard him speak have deemed him one of the most gifted and dynamic motivational speakers in the country. He is very spiritual; thought-provoking as a charismatic leader and lecturer, but most importantly, he is the father to two sons:

29-year old Tyrone, Jr and 22-year old Exon (pronounced E-On)!

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