The SAAB Founder

SAAB was established on October 17, 1990. Celebrating 21 years this year!

Special Founder's Day Message from Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe/October 17, 2011

"On October 17, 1990 at the rapturous age of 29, I began what continues to be an amazing journey since establishing the first chapter of SAAB at Georgia Southwestern State University to address the academic and societal needs of the African American males on that campus.

As we mark our 21st anniversary, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of students, advisors and SAAB alums along with our many friends and partners.  Thank you all for your hard work, commitment, dedication and Prayers! You have all aided in helping to grow SAAB from that small foundation laid forth 21 years ago to become one of the country’s best practices and model initiative in addressing the many challenges and ills impacting males of color in our nation today. 

We still have a long way to go as we continue the much needed work to transform and graduate males of color while at the same time helping our country to rebuild an economy that can compete on a global stage. I am confident that SAAB will experience exponential growth and make a substantial impact in educational and economic equality to be witnessed within my lifetime."


Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe resides in Toledo, Ohio. He was born and raised in Grenada, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s of Education degree from Mississippi State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia; and was chosen as the Outstanding Doctoral Student in the State of Georgia and was most recently recognized as the Outstanding Doctoral Alumnus by the University of Georgia. 

Recently, he served as Vice President for Student Life and Special Assistant to the President at The University of Toledo but has now transitioned temporarily to the role of Executive Director of the SAAB National Headquarters. He is the founder of the Student African American Brotherhood Organization (SAAB), which is a national organization established to enhance the experiences of and instill a “spirit of care” in African American males in high schools, colleges and universities around the country. He is a contributing author of recently released book “African American Men in College”, Jossey-Bass Publisher.

He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is very active in the arena of higher education. He is highly recognized by several professional associations for his research, publications, presentations and scholarly work.  In 1999, he was invited to Oxford, England to serve as a guest lecturer to discuss his work with African American males at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute, which is sponsored by the British Council. Recently, he was invited to join an international research team to address issues around men of color in Europe, Trinidad, Barbados and the Bahamas. Also, he has appeared on talk shows such as “Perfect Union” hosted by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to discuss his work involving African American and Latino Males. 

He is deemed as one of the most gifted and dynamic motivational speakers by the thousands who have heard him speak. Recently, he was chosen as one of the most outstanding social innovators in the world by the Ashoka International Organization. He is a very spiritual and thought-provoking lecturer. And most importantly to him, he is the father of one adult son, Tyrone Bledsoe, Jr.

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