Although Tyrone Couey graduated with a degree in history from Utah State in 1971, it was for business accomplishments that he was honored recently, by Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine. Mr. Couey was named by the magazine as one of the “50 Powerful US/International Business Executives” at a gala event in Washington, D.C., on March 27, not far from where he lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
He is best known to Aggies for playing football in the late ‘60s and being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1971. His recent work at two organizations, though, was what brought him the latest honor—first, as president of the National Organization of College Parents (NOCP), and second, as a founding member of the group National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Association.
The National Organization of College Parents, under Mr. Couey’s leadership, establishes Parents’ Clubs near the nation’s 100 historically black colleges and universities to provide support in a variety of ways—improving retention and graduation rates, carrying out political advocacy, and connecting both students and universities to twenty-first century opportunities.
Mr. Couey also is one of 11 founding members of the National HBCU Alumni Association, that encourages alumni to support those institutions and help position them for opportunities in the national and global marketplace.
The gala event featured dignitaries such as Susan Rice, U.N. Ambassador, and honored companies from industries such as energy, IT, cybersecurity, and telecommunications. The keynote speaker was David Hinson, national director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.