A version of this article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline "Commission for change." More from this issue

President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint fifteen individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, including Professor Barbara T. Bowman.

The commission is charged with strengthening the nation by improving educational outcomes to ensure that all African Americans receive an education that prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives.

“These fine public servants bring both a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles,” President Obama said. “Our nation will be well-served by these men and women, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.

Bowman is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at Erikson Institute, which she co-founded in 1966.

PRESS RELEASE: President Obama Announces his Intent to Appoint Fifteen Individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans