Morehouse Research Institute

Advisory Board

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson

Ivory ToldsonDr. Ivory A. Toldson is the newly appointed Deputy Director, for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to this role Dr. Toldson  served as an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of "The Journal of Negro Education." He was also contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column.

Dr. Toldson has more than 60 publications and research presentations in 36 US states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Paris, and Barcelona. He has been featured on C-SPAN2 Books, NPR News, POTUS on XM Satellite Radio, and numerous local radio stations.  His research has been featured on The Root, The National Journal,,, The Grio, and Ebony Magazine.

After completing coursework for a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Temple University, Dr. Toldson became a correctional and forensic psychology resident at the United States Penitentiary. There, he completed his dissertation on Black Men in the Criminal Justice System. Upon completion, Dr. Toldson joined the faculty of Southern University and became the fourth recipient of the prestigious DuBois Fellowship from the US Department of Justice. He also served as the clinical director of the Manhood Training Village. He has received formal training in applied statistics from the University of Michigan, and held visiting research and teacher appointments at Emory, Drexel, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Toldson spent 3.5 years at Southern University and A&M College (SU), in Baton Rouge, LA, and 8.5 years at Howard University in Washington, DC. At SU, Dr. Toldson was named young researcher of the year. Dr. Toldson continued a high level of research productivity at Howard University, evidence by publishing 3 books, 20 articles in peer-refereed journals, 9 book chapters, and 8 monographs and policy reports. Dr. Toldson served on Howard University’s Faculty Handbook Committee and was the co-organizer of the educational symposiums for the Howard Morehouse Classic. Dr. Toldson takes personal pride in his ability to promote HBCU scholarship and being an example of talent cultivated at HBCUs.

Dubbed a leader "who could conceivably navigate the path to the White House" by the Washington Post, one of "30 leaders in the fight for Black men," by Newsweek Magazine, and the "Problem Solver" by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Dr. Toldson, according to U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, is "a prolific young scholar and myth buster." According to Capstone Magazine, "Toldson has spent a lot of time traveling across the country talking with teachers about misleading media statistics that invariably either link Black males to crime or question their ability to learn."  Dr. Toldson was named in the 2013 The Root 100, an annual ranking of the most influential African-American leaders.