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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Howard Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees

Debbie Allen

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2011) – Emmy and Golden Globe-winning artist Debbie Allen, business leader and entrepreneur Thomas W. Jones, and pioneering record executive Larkin Arnold, Jr., have been named to the Howard University Board of Trustees.

Debbie Allen is an internationally recognized director, choreographer and author. As a U.S. Culture Connect Ambassador, Allen represents the United States in visits to Brazil, China, Italy, and India expanding opportunities in arts education for young people all over the world. She has received three Emmy awards for choreography, and two Emmys and one Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in the hit series, Fame. In 2008, Debbie Allen made her acclaimed Broadway directorial debut with an all-African American production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Allen recently mounted a new musical adaptation of Oliver Twist called Twist in Atlanta. She brought Twist to Los Angeles in the summer of 2011. Allen previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1998-2004. She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1993 and a Distinguished Alumni award in 1983.

Thomas W. Jones is founder and principal of TWJ Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm located in Stamford, Conn. He is former chairman and chief executive of Global Investment Management at Citigroup, and former chairman and chief executive of Citigroup Asset Management, which held managed $500 billion assets. Prior to joining Citigroup, Jones held senior positions at TIAA-CREF, including vice chairman, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Jones also held senior positions with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. Jones’ past board positions include vice chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Freddie Mac, Fox Entertainment Group, Travelers Group, Pepsi Bottling Group, among others. Jones holds bachelor of arts and masters of science degrees from Cornell University and a masters of business administration degree from Boston University. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Howard University in 2003.

Thomas W. Jones

Larkin Arnold, Jr

Larkin Arnold, Jr., a Howard University School of Law graduate, is a pioneer in the music industry. He was one of the first African Americans to be hired as an attorney by a major record label when he joined Capital Records as staff attorney in 1970. Later, he was promoted to vice president of Capitol Records. Arnold signed Natalie Cole to Capitol Records, as well as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. Arnold was hired by CBS/SONY Music as senior vice president in1980. There, he spearheaded the marketing and promotion of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. In 1988, Arnold began Arnold & Associates, one of the few wholly integrated legal and management teams in the record industry. Arnold is a co-founder and the long-time chairman of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. He is also the recipient of the NAACP Executive of the Year Award, the Outstanding Graduate Award of Howard University School of Law, and the Distinguished Alumni of Howard University Award. Arnold earned his bachelor of science degree from American University in 1966 and a law degree from Howard University in 1969.

Allen, Jones and Arnold were installed as trustees by a vote of the Board of Trustees on Sept. 24, 2011.

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