T. Willard Fair

President and CEO, Urban League of Miami

T. Willard Fair is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. A powerful voice in the effort to improve his community, he has worked for the Urban League since September 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 is academically and professionally prepared, having attended local elementary and elementary schools in his native home of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, from Johnson C. Smith University in 1961. He received a M.S.W. degree from Atlanta School of Social Work in 1963. 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 received many awards for his vast service. Among these awards are Family Christian Association of America President Excalibur Award, “Who’s Who Among Black Americans”, State of Florida’s Outstanding Citizen Award (2003), Whitney M. Young Jr. National Urban League “Living Legend” Award (2006), and the National Urban League Distinguished Service Award (2007). Fair serves in many leadership positions. These include, but are not limited to: Chairman, Miami-Bayside Foundation BOD; Chairman, Florida State Board of Education; Member of Miami Business Forum Board of Directors; Member of Center for Educational Performance and Accountability Advisory Committee; and Former President of Johnson C. Smith National Alumni Association. Fair is co-founder, with Governor Jeb Bush, of the first charter school organized in the state of Florida, Liberty City Charter School.