Christian Brothers Network announces the “Mayor’s luncheon for education 2024” to be held Jan. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wiregrass Rehab Center.

In partnership with Mayor Mark Saliba, Christian Brothers Network, Inc., strives to meet the needs of others while helping them become the light of the world. For the last four years, CBN has raised over $70,000 in scholarship dollars for Wiregrass students. All funds raised have gone directly into our scholarship fund to impact the lives of our students’ educational futures, according to CBN President Darius McKay.

Dr. Quinton Ross, President of Alabama State University, is the honored guest speaker for this year’s event.

Dr. Quinton Ross


Assuming the presidency in October 2017, Ross embraced the formidable challenge of securing fiscal stability for ASU. His resolute leadership led to a remarkable transformation, marked by debt reduction, strategic budget cuts, resource reallocation, and the elimination of financial foundation is a testament to his astute financial acumen.

Under Ross’s guidance, ASU underwent a remarkable metamorphosis, witnessing a comprehensive enhancement of its infrastructure. Through strategic leveraging of partnerships and unwavering determination, he orchestrated a series of ambitious capital projects, including a sweeping campus-wide asphalt resurfacing endeavor, installation of cutting-edge security cameras, modernization of boilers, HVAC systems, and elevators, and the revitalization of residence halls, encompassing essential roof replacements, amounting to a staggering $17 million investment.

Ross’s visionary leadership was unequivocally validated in 2021 when ASU emerged triumphant through reaffirmation by the esteemed Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), setting a trajectory of excellence through 2030. At the core of his transformative tenure lies the ambitious strategic blueprint, aptly named FOCUS 2030: Advancing the Legacy and Bridging Communities through Commitment, Collaborations, and Creativity. This visionary roadmap has propelled ASU to unparalleled heights, expanding access and equitable opportunities for a diverse student body.

Under Ross’s inspirational guidance, ASU has achieved unprecedented milestones in academics, fundraising, partnerships, and student accomplishments, culminating in a remarkable ascent in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In 2022, ASU proudly secured its position within the Top 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a testament to Ross’s visionary leadership.

Ross’s commitment to fostering growth and nurturing strong relationships is epitomized through his innovative approach, encapsulated by John O. Killen’s ‘CommUniversity’ concept. By forging novel global, federal, state, and local partnerships, ASU has amplified its influence and impact. Ross’s adept communication with both local and national media has elevated ASU’s brand and established him as a recognized authority on the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Recognized on regional and national platforms, Ross’s exceptional leadership has garnered a cascade of accolades. Most notably, he was appointed to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Board of Advisors by President Joe Biden and to the HBCU Financing Advisory Board by U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel A. Cardona. Ross’s prominence as an educational leader was acknowledged through his election by peers as Chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education of the Council of Presidents, comprising Alabama’s 14 public universities and colleges, along with the Community College System. He serves as a member of the inaugural Strada HBCU Advisory Council and has been selected to serve on the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (2023).

Ross was designated Educator of the Year (2023) by the board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, underscoring his transformative impact. His influential contributions were acknowledged through induction into the Yellowhammer-15 Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for individuals shaping Alabama’s positive trajectory.

With a distinguished career spanning over 28 years in higher and K-12 public education, Ross’s profound influence echoes through his roles as an accomplished classroom educator, administrator, and his election as an Alabama State Senator Minority Leader, blazing trails as a statesman in Alabama’s legislative landscape.

Ross earned three degrees from Alabama State University—a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, a Master of Education in Secondary Education English, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law.

As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Ross assumes a pivotal role as the International Chair for the Omega HBCU Education Committee and a member of the 100 Black Men of America, further underscoring his commitment to fostering educational empowerment.

During the 2023 campaign, 18 Wiregrass students from Dothan City, Houston County, Henry County and Enterprise City Schools benefited from scholarship dollars from CBN.

“CBN is very thankful for the friendships and financial partnerships that we have created over the years. It is through their assistance that we have been able to positively affect the lives of our students,” said McKay. “We would love to continue our partnerships for the upcoming 2024 Mayor’s Luncheon for Education Campaign.”

Table sponsorships and individual tickets can be purchased by contacting Darius McKay at (205) 586-2755 or emailing Darius at

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