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ABOUT LJFFCOE

The Annoucement

At the 2015 Family Reunion at Cedar Point...our families learned that: JPMorgan Chase will be dedicating a technology team to develop a software to track the academic progress of Foundation students, the College of Education at The University of Akron will be renamed the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, and, most significantly, in conjunction with the Foundation and its partners, The University of Akron will be providing Foundation students (who meet a certain set of requirements and graduate from Akron Public Schools) with a tuition and fees scholarship to The University of Akron.

The University of Akron

WE ARE ZIPS

LeBron, The Foundation, and The University of Akron have committed to a long term partnership that will, at the least, see nine classes of Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network students attend The University of Akron on a special I PROMISE Scholarship. Thousands of students, who, when they joined our Wheels for Education family in their third grade year showed researched back characteristics for high school dropout, have the opportunity to earn a free world class education in their hometown. We are calling our kids to be dreamers, and we are calling them to reach their unlimited potential.

The University of Akron

PROMISE Mentors

LJFF has announced a pilot for its new Urban Mentorship Program in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education (LJFFCOE). Through this program that will first be implemented exclusively for LJFFs 6th and 7th grade Akron I PROMISE Network students at Litchfield Middle School, LeBrons kids will receive hands-on mentorship and encouragement from a wide-range of The University of Akron’s LJFFCOE students.

Under the direction of UAs Dr. Brad Maguth, students from his Urban Youth Mentorship class will be paired with AIPN students in an effort to provide another layer of learning. More than just math tutoring and help with homework, this program will offer the Foundations AIPN students regular interaction with college students in preparation for their own college careers.

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The I PROMISE Institute

I PROMISE Institute

I PROMISE Institute

I PROMISE Institute

WE ARE FAMILY WE ARE ZIPS


I PROMISE Institute to provide resources, research-based interventions, and support to LJFF students on I PROMISE scholarships as they pursue their four-year college degrees LJFF also creates the I PROMISE Institute Bureau that has enlisted leading academics from across the country to help oversee the curriculum and guide the I PROMISE Institutes interventions

The LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) announced it has established the I PROMISE Institute (IPI) on The University of Akron (UA) campus as a resource for its students who earn the guaranteed four-year tuition and general service fees scholarship to The University. The I PROMISE Institute will be located in a currently undeveloped space on the south end of level 3 in InfoCision Stadium and will have a team of educators dedicated to researching best practices, implementing academic interventions, and providing around-the-clock support for its students as they navigate college. Read the official I PROMISE Institute annoucement here.



Humbled & proud to announce the establishment of the LeBron James Family Foundation I PROMISE Institute at The University of Akron. Scholarships weren’t enough. We’re investing our time, talent, and resources every day with our team, partners, and UA to give my kids every opportunity possible for them to be successful. I won’t be satisfied with them just getting to college or tech school. We need them to graduate. This is our home. This is my home. Go back. Invest. Rebuild. Change. That’s our duty. #WeAreFamily #StriveForGreatness #IPROMISE

Posted by LeBron James on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I PROMISE Institute Bureau

Paul Herold

Paul Herold

The University of Akron
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PAUL HEROLD

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON


After more than 36 years of professional service at The University of Akron, Paul Herold recently retired from UA as Special Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Since 2010 Herold was involved in researching, drafting, and implementing Board- and institutional-level policies and policy updates. From 1996 through 2009, he oversaw the Universitys communication, public relations, and marketing efforts and served on the Universitys leadership team. He also represented UA to a variety of professional and community constituencies during his tenure. Herold earned both his masters degree in Higher Education and bachelors degree in Communication from The University of Akron.

He will begin conducting research, site visits, and other critical groundwork for the IPI immediately.

Brandi Hephner Labanc

Brandi Hephner Labanc

University of Mississippi
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BRANDI HEPHNER LABANC

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI


Dr. Hephner LaBanc is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Mississippi where she provides leadership and direction for all aspects of the Division of Student Affairs while also serving as a faculty member in the Higher Education program in the department of Leadership and Counselor Education. Dr. Hephner LaBanc earned her bachelors degree in Accounting at the University of Akron, her masters degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel at Kent State University, and her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University in Adult and Higher Education.

Prior to Ole Miss, Dr. Hephner LaBanc served Northern Illinois University as their Associate Vice President in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as well as the Assistant Vice President for Planning and Operations. A respected scholar and consultant in the field of campus crisis management, her work and research also focuses on preparation of student affairs professionals and transition issues for graduate students.

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D

Radford University
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BRIAN O. HEMPHILL, PH.D

RADFORD UNIVERSITY


As the President of Radford University in Virginia, Dr. Brian Hemphill is a champion for positive change and a true advocate of shared governance. President Hemphill represents Radford on the national scale with active involvement in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), including the Committee on Policies and Purpose, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). President Hemphill earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University of Science and Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Saint Augustines University.

President Hemphill is also a published author with his writings covering topics related to gun violence and threat preparedness on college campuses; emerging financial concerns affecting the collegiate sphere; STEM and economic-related issues pertaining to education; and a myriad of additional scholarly perspectives pertinent to the higher education environment.