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WU Campus Update from President Freeman

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Update (October 20, 2014)

 

Accreditation

The Chairs of the Accreditation Criteria Committee met on Friday with the President to continue working on the Show Cause Response.  The chairs made their reports for the work performed by their committees.  The Road Map to Success and the Timeline for the Show Cause Report were reviewed and updated.  On November 1, 2014, the Ammons Group will meet all day with the President, Special Assistant to the President, the Interim Provost, and the Chairs of the Accreditation Criteria Committee to continue working on the Show Cause Response Report for the Higher Learning Commission.  Thank you for all you are doing to help prepare the Show Cause Response Report.

 

New Hires

As you are aware, the Higher Learning Commission tasked the Board of Trustees with hiring a qualified President.  The new President is tasked with hiring a qualified staff.  Thus, it is a pleasure to announce the appointment of the following persons as employees of Wilberforce University.  Please send them an email or stop by their offices to welcome them to the Wilberforce family.

1.      On November 1, 2014, Dr. Quentin Johnson will become the Interim Provost.  He currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Guilford Community College in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Formerly, he served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Livingstone College. 

2.     Mr. William Woodson has been hired to serve as the Interim Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance.  Formerly, he served as the Vice President of Business and Finance and the Associate Vice President of Business and Finance at Martin University.

3.     Ms. Kim King will be serving as the Assistant to the President/Consultant for Legal Affairs and Human Resources.  Ms. King is an attorney who specializes in Human Resource management.

4.     Ms. Terri Jeffery will serve as the Interim Director of Financial Aid.  She previously served as the Director of Financial Aid at Livingstone College and the Director of Admissions for Phifer College.  She also worked for Sallie Mae.

5.     Dr. Eric Winston will serve as the Interim Vice President of Advancement.  He provided many years of distinguished service formerly as the Vice President of Advancement for Wilberforce University.

6.     Mr. Jeff Sellers will serve as the Interim Deputy V.P. for Advancement. He brings sixteen years of fundraising experience starting at Wilberforce University under the direction of Dr. Eric Winston.

7.     Ms. Theresa Butler has been hired to serve as the Executive Assistant to the President; however, she has a wealth of experience previously serving as the Director of Admissions.  So, she may be transferred once the new Provost arrives and assesses his needs in the area of enrollment management.

8.     Mr. Anthony Butler has been hired to serve as the Director of Building and Grounds for the University. He is a Board certified architect, and has extensive work experience in renovating and maintaining a campus, such Boys & Girls clubs across America and many military installations.

FUNDRAISING

Everyone is working very hard to raise money so that we will be able to satisfy the identified HLC deficiencies in the Show Cause Report.  We are trying to raise money for the following items:

a.      $6.2 million is needed immediately to begin renovations and roof repairs on eight(8) buildings, fix sidewalks and steps, etc.;

b.      $5 million to establish an endowed student scholarship fund so that we can enhance our recruitment and student retention efforts;

c.      $4 million to pay off outstanding Title IV liabilities for financial aid to the U.S. Department of Education;

d.     $4 million to establish an endowed fund to support ongoing university operations.

As we proceed with our fundraising efforts, we are respectfully requesting that all university constituents make a donation to help save our beloved Wilberforce University.  When we go out to make our fundraising solicitation visits, it will be very impressive if we are able to say that “There is 100% giving support at Wilberforce University to help save Wilberforce University.”  So, if you can only give $5.00, please stop by the Office of Advancement and make a donation.  Or, if you would like to make a pledge through payroll deduction, please stop by the Office of Advancement and sign up today.  All students are asked to make a donation through your clubs and organizations even if you give only $1.00.  Thank you for supporting our beloved institution.

 

TECHNOLOGY

New technology learning resource labs are being installed with 80 new computers.  We are trying to make technology accessible for our students.  New servers are being installed to increase user speed.  Equipment is being installed so that we will be able to begin our distance education program in January 2015. Our website is being updated. We are also upgrading our wireless access, which will allow all students, faculty, & staff to gain access through mobile devices (smartphones & tablets). Persons are working around the clock to improve our technological support services for the campus.

 

NEW CAMPAIGNS

When answering the telephone and greeting others, please say “It’s a Great Day at Wilberforce University!”  Also, let’s start a kindness campaign.  When we see visitors on our campus, please greet them and ask if you can help them. We recently had a dignitary on our campus who was lost, and she said that no one stopped to help her find her way to the place where she was going.  In the coming weeks and months, we will have many visitors on the campus who hopefully will consider giving us money or other resources to help improve our beloved Wilberforce University.  So, let’s go out of our way to be extra nice and kind to everyone one.  Everyone must be a WILBERFORCE AMBASSADOR!

 

Also, we have a new crew for buildings and grounds.  I have been receiving unsolicited reports that they are doing an excellent job.  Let’s join in helping them by keeping our buildings and grounds clean.  We need for everyone to take personal responsibility for keeping your personal spaces clean.  My beloved students, Madame (Mama) President needs for all of her GREAT LEADERS to keep your rooms and residence halls clean. 

 

GRAND REOPENING OF OUR STUDENT UNION

There is great excitement over the grand reopening of our student union on November 4, 2014.  More information will be shared about this event.  As we move back into the newly renovated space, please do your part to keep it clean.

 

KUDOS TO OUR WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

Our Great Student Leaders did an excellence job in planning and executing our past Convocation ceremony. I look forward to many more successes from our Great Student Leaders!

 

THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO MAKE WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY GREAT BY DOING YOUR PART TO EXCEED EXCELLENCE.  PLEASE KNOW THAT WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS IN HELPING US TO PREPARE FOR THE SHOW CAUSE REPORT AND VISIT.  MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS ALL THE GOOD WORK OF YOUR HANDS.

 

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,

Algeania W. Freeman, Ph.D.

President

Wilberforce Announces 20th President

Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman

Wilberforce University Ushers In New Leadership For A New Era
Long-Standing HBCU Administrator and Educator, Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman becomes the University's 20th President

 

From left to right: Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman newly appointed as the 20th President of Wilberforce University, Mark Wilson Wilberforce University Board of Trustee Chairman, and former acting President of Wilberforce University Dr. Wilma Mishoe.

Dr. Talbert Grooms issues "Force for Change" Letter

Force for Change
Click Here to view letter from Dr. Talbert Grooms, WUAA President
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Committee of 500 Letter

Committee of 500 Letter
Click here to view Committee of 500 letter signed by Dr. Wilma Mishoe, WU Interim President, Dr. Talbert Grrooms, WUAA President, and Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivers, WU Board of Trustee Member.
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Wilberforce University Board of Trustees Under New Leadership

WILBERFORCE, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wilberforce University, the country's oldest historically black private university, today announced new leadership for its Board of Trustees. Mark Wilson, CEO of eVerifile, will now lead the Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Board, while John Miller, CEO and president of Denny's Corporation, becomes vice chairman of the Board. The nomination and appointment of Wilson and Miller followed a rigorous review of standards, considerations and competencies in categories including, but not limited to, finance and budgeting, legal matters, fundraising and philanthropy.
"We are thrilled with the announcement of new leadership for our Board of Trustees and have great confidence in these two highly qualified men as we push forward with our 'Force of Change' strategy," says Interim President Dr. Wilma Mishoe. "Both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Miller have proven leadership experience in their respective industries leading two very successful companies, and we know that their knowledge and senior leadership will sustain and advance Wilberforce University's mission, traditions, values and reputation."
Wilson currently leads eVerifile, a leader in workforce and contractor screening solutions, and is a successful entrepreneur who has previously guided startups focused on providing business solutions to enterprise clients. Wilson and his companies have received numerous national awards including the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.
"As a Wilberforce alumnus, I look forward to supporting my alma mater and ushering this great University into a new, progressive and prosperous era," states Wilson. "I am enthusiastic for the opportunity to serve as a public advocate and ambassador for this University that prepared me for success as a entrepreneur and a life dedicated to the service of others.
Miller is currently responsible for leading the strategic direction of Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ; DENN), the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains. He is an accomplished restaurant industry veteran, with more than 30 years of restaurant operations and management experience.
"The success of Wilberforce University is extremely important, not just as the nation's oldest HBCU, but as a storied University known for academic achievement and producing a cadre of distinguished alumni," says Miller. "On behalf of our board and leadership, we look forward to supporting the mission of this distinguished University".

Wilberforce University Alumni Affairs Office has been re-established

 

Dear Wilberforce University Family,

The University has re-opened the Alumni Affairs Office which will be headed by Ms. Carole T. Bernardino (937) 708-5707, cbernardino@wilberforce.edu,  and staff member Ms. Marchelle D. Jarrett (937) 708-5745, mjarrett@wilberforce.edu.

Wilberforce President's Response to HLC Report

 

June 26, 2014

Dear Wilberforce University Family,

The recent chain of events on campus and in the news during the last two and one-half days has been quite disappointing and devastating to us all!

It was approximately 3:00 Monday afternoon when I received word that the HLC Board of Trustees had issued their decision to place Wilberforce on "Show Cause" status. I was literally leaving the campus, headed to the Columbus Airport, travelling to Nashville, TN for the purpose of reporting on the current status of the University, at the AME Church Annual Bishops' Council and General Board Meeting. It was very difficult to have to give that report. However, I want you to know that we are not in this alone. The entire leadership of the Connectional AME Church, as well as members of the Wilberforce Board of Trustees are committed to doing everything they can to help us. There has been an outpouring of support and offers of assistance from numerous other colleges and universities, community members, alums, students and friends. While we recognize this situation as a crisis, we also accept its challenge. We can even see a tremendous opportunity to re-invent our beloved Wilberforce University. With your commitment and assistance, we will all do our part to accomplish what must be done.

The University family is called upon, once again, to continue its undivided support and hard work for the serious task ahead. It is a time to positively promote the ideals the founding fathers envisioned and to ensure that generations to come have the opportunity to continue ‘the Legacy….”

I want you to know that Wilberforce University takes its mission to drive diversified education, business, entrepreneurship and innovation across the nation, very seriously. In this past year we have seen great advancement within the University, and are continuing to make the necessary changes to continue this momentum. The Board of the Higher Learning Commission recently issued a Show-Cause order to Wilberforce University to present its case as to why its accreditation should not be withdrawn, based on various concerns revealed during a recent Focused Visit to the institution and which are specifically enumerated in the Commission's action letter, which is available for review in the institution's profile on the Commission's website. The institution will be required to prepare a Show-Cause report by December 15, 2014, demonstrating that it meets the Commission's Accreditation Criteria and Core Components, Assumed Practices and Federal Compliance requirements, and to host a Show-Cause visit which
will be conducted by peer reviewers no later than February 9, 2015 to validate the contents of that report. The Board of the Higher Learning Commission will take final action on the Show-Cause order in June 2015. It is important to emphasize that during the Show-Cause period, Wilberforce remains an accredited institution. We are committed to addressing the areas of concern, and ensuring that Wilberforce is compliant with all Higher Learning Commission accreditation standards.

Yours truly,

Wilma Mishoe, Ed.D
Acting President

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