Gazette News Report
WILBERFORCE — Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman was recently honored by the 131st General Assembly of The State of Ohio for the turnaround she led as president Wilberforce University.
The citation stated “… We are pleased to extend special recognition to Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman on being honored by the SABLE Health and Human Development Journal. Selection for this prestigious distinction is an achievement of which you can be proud, for you have been recognized for your exceptional skill, commitment, and professionalism. The President of Wilberforce University, you have been tireless in your efforts to improve the institution’s standing after it was placed on show-cause status by the Higher Learning Commission, and thanks to your exceptional efforts, the oldest historically black college and university in the nation retained its accreditation.
Clearly, you have brought vision and wisdom to your important work, and you have displayed a genuine commitment to attaining your goals in a skillful and professional manner. Throughout your career in education, you have supported countless students in their scholastic endeavors and have helped nurture within them a desire for academic excellence. Willingly giving of your time, energy, and abilities far beyond what was required or expected, you have earned the respect and gratitude of your colleagues, your community, and, most importantly, your students, and you are certainly deserving of high praise. Thus, with great pleasure, we commend you on your outstanding success and salute you as one of Ohio’s finest citizens.”
Warren Freeman was hired to help Wilberforce restructure and recover from being placed on the aforementioned show-cause status from the HLC. Had Wilberforce failed to be removed from show-cause status, students could have been ineligible for financial aid, which would have crippled enrollment for the cash-strapped school.
Wilberforce was also cited for being accepted into the HLC’s Assessment Academy and for displaying “an unwavering dedication to exceeding the highest standards of educational quality … responsive to the needs and interests of their students, preparing them to assume meaningful roles in our complex society.”
“I am delighted for the honor bestowed upon Wilberforce University and me by the Ohio State General Assembly,” Warren Freeman said. “This honor validates the fact that we must continue to work hard to ensure that all students have access to quality higher education opportunities. Wilberforce University is continuing to provide holistic and values-based educational experiences so that our graduates will be become productive citizens and great leaders in changing the human condition globally.”
Gazette News Report compiled by Scott Halasz.