‘Social innovator’ to help Heidelberg kick off academic year

Aug 25, 2014

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, CEO-President of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) Organization, will be the keynote speaker as Heidelberg University officially begins the 2014-15 academic year during Opening Convocation ceremonies Aug. 26.

Referred to as a “social innovator,” Bledsoe will speak on the topic “A Stronger Nation through Higher Education.”

The SAAB organization, which he founded, is a national organization with more than 260 chapters in 40 states that instills a “spirit of care” for African American and Latino males from middle school through college. Previously, he was vice president for Student Life and special assistant to the president at the University of Toledo.

Bledsoe is a contributing author to the book, “African American Men in College.” He has appeared on talk shows and his expertise has been sought nationally, internationally and by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Recently, he was invited by the White House to participate in a national summit on the success of black males as a direct response to Obama’s executive order for an initiative to address the success of African American students.

Born and raised in Grenada, Miss., Bledsoe currently resides in Toledo. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in counseling and student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.