BSC Board Members

Barber-Scotia College, Inc.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Ms. Karen Soares - Chairperson

Mr. Eugene Price, Vice Chairperson

Ms. Roberta Pinckney, Secretary

Ms. Cathy Dixon

Dr. Melvin I. Douglass - Ex Officio

Mr. James Farewell

Hon. Milton Fitch, Jr. - Honorary

Dr. Charles Love 

Ms. Josephine Smith

Mr. Al Winston


Barber-Scotia College Foundation, Inc.


Board of Directors

According to Dr Melvin Isadore Douglass, the Barber-Scotia College Foundation should be fully operational shortly. He has already selected the person to chair the foundation. Dr. Douglass stated: “I selected Mr. Gerald D. Prothro because of his vast understanding of finance and historically black colleges and universities.” 

Dr. Douglass also chose six others to serve on the foundation’s board. The selectees include: Mr. Mark Price, Mr. Aaron Dean, Mr. Von Hughes, Mr. Anthony Kendall, Mr. Loren Douglass and Ms. Chekesha Kidd.

Mr. Gerald D. Prothro

Mr. Prothro is currently Managing Director of IKT Investments, Ltd. He served as Chief Information Officer and was the architect of the IBM Worldwide Internet Protocol network prior to retirement from IBM. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Howard and M.B.A. from Harvard. Mr. Prothro served on the Board of Trustees at Howard and donated over 1 million dollars to the university. 

Mr. Aaron Dean

Mr. Dean is a Council Member and Advisor for City University of New York Startups. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cydean, LLC. Mr. Dean earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard. He is former Brooklyn Community Services Chairman. During his last year in office, he raised 1.4 million dollars for the organization.

Mr. Loren Douglass

Mr. Douglass is Managing Director at BNY Mellon. He earned B.S.E.E. and M.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. His M.B.A. degree is from the Wharton School of Business-University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Douglass serves on the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Mr. Anthony Kendall

Mr. Kendall is Chief Executive Officer of Mitchell and Titus, LLP. He earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Binghamton University (SUNY). Mr. Kendall also graduated from Harvard Business School’s Own/President Management Program. He serves as president of the Trustee Board for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Ms. Chekesha Kidd

Ms. Kidd is Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager of Delta Dental of Minnesota. She earned B.S. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Ms. Kidd also received M.B.A. and M.H.S.A. degrees from University of Michigan. She serves on the boards of Greater Hartford’s YMCA and Connecticut Health Foundation.


Mr. Von Hughes

Mr. Hughes is Managing Director at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company. He earned B.A. from Yale, M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Hughes serves on the Board of Directors at Northside Center for Child Development.

Mr. Mark Price

Mr. Price is Executive Director of UBS Global Asset Management. He earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard. Mr. Price is the past president of the Harvard Black Alumni Society.

Barber- Scotia College President’s Advisory Board


Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III

Rev. Dr. Butts is President of the State University of New York at Old Westbury and Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church. He earned B.A. from Morehouse College, M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and D.Min. from Drew University.

Dr. Peter Millet

Dr. Millet is Executive Vice President of Meharry Medical College and former President of Stillman College. He earned B.A. Oakland University, M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University

Rev. Dr. Paul Smith

Rev. Dr. Smith is former Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn and former Vice President of Morehouse College. He earned B.A. Talladega College, M.Div. from Hartford Theological Seminary and D.Min. from Eden Theological Seminary.

Dr. Alvin Schexnider

Dr. Schexnider is Senior Consultant for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and former Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. He earned B.A. from Grambling State University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Mrs. Danna Webb

Mrs. Webb is an attorney and former chair of Board of Trustees at Knoxville College. Former Acting Associate Dean at Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work and former Director of UNCF/CUSSW and Director Higher Education Opportunity Program for Marymont Manhattan College. She earned a B.A. Knoxville College and M.S. Columbia University and J.D. New York Law School. 

Mr. Lance H. Wilson

Mr. Wilson is Managing Director for Berkeley Point Capital L.L.C. and former Member of the Trustee Board at Metropolitan College of New York. He earned B.A. from Hunter College and J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.