Howard University Names New President

Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick is the HBCU's 17th president.

Posted: 07/22/2014 06:10 PM EDT

The Howard University Board of Trustees has named Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick as its 17th president. The new leader of the 147-year-old institution has served as the interim president since October 2013. 

“After conducting an exhaustive national search, we identified a finalist pool, comprised of both internal and external candidates. From this stellar group, Dr. Frederick stood out as supremely qualified, remarkably motivated, and uniquely suited to lead Howard University,” said the Trustee's chairman Vernon E. Jordan Jr.

The search for Howard University's new president was conducted by the Presidential Search Committee, which is comprised of students, alumni, faculty and included the attorney general of California, Kamala Harris, and the mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed. 

Dr. Frederick has a long history with the university. The native of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, came to Howard at the age of 16 and earned his B.S./M.D. degree at the age of 22. He then earned his MBA from Howard's School of Business. Frederick was also the university's previous Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

“I am deeply honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to lead this great University,” Frederick said. “Howard University has been an unparalleled catalyst since its founding, opening doors and expanding opportunity for untold individuals while driving research, innovation, service, and excellence," he continued.

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