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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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