T. Willard Fair
PRESIDENT AND CEO, URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER MIAMI
Fair is academically and professionally prepared, having attended local elementary and high schools in his native home of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, in the top 10% of his class, from Johnson C. Smith University in 1961. He received a M.S.W. degree from Atlanta School of Social Work in 1963.
Fair has served as an adjunct professor at the Atlanta University School of Social Work, Bethune Cookman College, Florida International University, and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for Urban Leadership.
Fair’s published works include articles in the Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, and Tropic Magazine. He has been a host of both radio and television programs. As an analyst on some of the pressing issues of the day, he has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, Tom Brokaw Show, Ebony Magazine, and National Geographic. Fair was selected "Icon of the Month" by Florida Trend Magazine, the magazine of Florida business, September 2006.
Fair has met with four different Presidents of the United States, relative to Issues of Concern to Black Americans.
He was appointed by former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, to the United State’s Advisory Committee on Cultural Affairs, where his responsibilities included visiting American embassies in Egypt, Oman and the United Kingdom to promote cultural diplomacy. He served on the United States People to People Ambassadors Program and traveled to Cuba to discuss issues related to child welfare and education.
In 2010, he was appointed by President Barak Obama to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships-Miami Regional Selection Panel, reappointed in 2011.