Cathy Hughes, the founder and chair of Radio One, has been named to the board of directors of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She is cited as the nation’s only African American woman to chair a publically traded company.
TMCF Chairman Jim Clifton made the announcement. “As we continue to help future leaders get the most from their education, Cathy will bring forth a mastery of skills and leadership that will further grow our strategic direction,” he said.
Radio One is the preeminent African American radio group, and it also has a hand in the operation of TV One and Syndication One.
Radio One began with Hughes’ acquisition of WOL-AM Washington DC in 1980 and grew from there.
Hughes stated, “Knowledge, particularly through higher education, is a gateway to success. I am honored to be joining the Board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, named after a man who used his education and talents to fight for the rights of others and became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Since its inception, TMCF has awarded more than $200 million dollars in scholarships and has been instrumental in cultivating the leaders of tomorrow by connecting high performing students with employment opportunities. I look forward to lending my support to such a worthy organization.”