Wilberforce University names new president

Wilberforce University said Monday it has hired Herman Felton as its new president (Dayton Business Journal Photo).

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (WDTN) – Wilberforce University announced Monday its newest president, Herman Felton.

Felton replaces Algeania Warren Freeman who announced her plans to retire earlier this month.

“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, chair of the school’s board of trustees in a statement. “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.”

Previously, Felton was senior vice president, COO and vice president of institutional advancement at Livingstone College and well as holding employment at Murray State University. The school said in a statement he has specialized in strategic planning, fundraising and administration, all while overseeing day-to-day operations for the college.

“Over the last two years, I have seen the dedication of all who love and cherish this great university,” Felton said in the statement. “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.”

The Wilberforce-based school recently retained its accreditation after extensive restructuring and has since been returning as an economic driver, with an enrollment push that boosted it from 350 to more than 650 students, and new construction projects, including a new $3.3 million dorm facility in the works.

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