Gazette News Report
WILBERFORCE —Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr., has been named president at Wilberforce University, the school announced Monday.
Felton, who becomes the university’s 21st president, takes over for Algeania Warren Freeman, who announced her retirement earlier this month.
Before joining Wilberforce University, Felton was the senior vice president, COO and vice president of institutional advancement at Livingstone College, where he provided executive-level leadership in strategic planning, fund-raising, management, administration and assessment while overseeing all day-to-day operations for the college. During his time at Livingstone, Felton also increased annual alumni contributions from seven to 19 percent in three years, in addition to serving on the school’s executive committee for its accreditation process.
“Dr. Felton’s experience in day-to-day operations, and his proven leadership abilities in multiple areas including, fund-raising made him a top candidate for this position,” said Mark Wilson, chairman of the board of directors. “Our search committee comprised of leaders across our faculty and alumni, were thrilled to get a chance to meet with Dr. Felton for the second time in this process. He was highly regarded by our students, staff, and faculty during our last search, and we look forward to him joining us on campus in the coming weeks.”
Prior to Livingstone College, Felton was the director of development at Murray State University. A co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation, Felton is committed to ensuring the nations HBCUs identify and cultivate the next pipeline of highly skilled, transformational, and principled leaders to lead. Felton received his Juris Doctor from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Edward Waters College. Felton also served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Wilberforce community,” he said. “It is an honor that the oldest private HBCU in the country has chosen me to lead them into a new era. Over the last two years, I have seen the dedication of all who love and cherish this great university. From the students, faculty and staff, to the ever supportive alumni, what this community has accomplished over the last two years is commendable. I know that with the determination and spirit I’ve seen, we will continue to lead this University into a rewarding future.”
He is set to be formally introduced during a Wednesday morning press conference at the school.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.