Delaware State University’s Board of Trustees this morning voted unanimously to elect Chairwoman Dr. Wilma Mishoe as interim president of the college. Vice Chairwoman Dr. Devona Williams will take over as interim board chair.
Both made history when they became the first women chair members in the college’s 126-years history back in August.
The changes will be effective January 25, 2018. Current President Dr. Harry Williams is transitioning out of his position to become the president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
“Our priority is to keep the University moving forward with an intentional focus on student success,” Mishoe said. “Under Dr. Harry Williams’ leadership, Delaware State University grew boldly and became one of the premier institutions of our kind in the nation. That momentum must continue; standing still while we search for our next great leader is not an option. We have to keep innovating and improving.”
Mishoe has stepped up to lead a college before. As a member of the board of Wilberforce University, she took over as acting president in 2014 while the school conducted a national search for a president.