Delaware State University’s board of trustees voted unanimously to elect Chairwoman Wilma Mishoe as interim president of the university, and Vice Chairwoman Devona Williams as interim board chair while the university searches for its next president.
The changes will be effective Jan. 25, 2018, as current President Harry Williams transitions from his post to become the president and chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
This is the second time Mishoe has stepped away from a university board to serve as acting president. After 11 years on the board of Wilberforce University, she was selected as acting president there in 2014 to provide stability while a national presidential search was conducted. She brought into the president’s office 35 years as a higher education administrator, mostly at Delaware Technical Community College, from which she retired in 2010, but also at then-Wilmington College from 1975-1980.
Mishoe is the daughter of the late Luna Mishoe, DSU’s longest-serving chief executive, who led then-Delaware State College from 1960-1987 and is credited with laying the foundation for the institution’s growth.
Devona Williams, who takes over as interim board chairwoman, has been a member of the board of trustees since her early 2012 appointment by former Gov. Jack Markell. She is the founder of the Goeins-Williams Associates, a 27-year management-consulting group, and has been an integral part of the growth of DSU’s College of Business and international programs. Williams is also a senior consultant with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in Higher Education
The board also name John Ridgeway as second vice chair. A trustee since June 2016, Ridgeway is the corporate manager of Toyota’s Eastern Territory Service Center, based in Owings Mills, Maryland. He is also a class of 1975 DSU alumnus.
A Presidential Search Committee is anticipated to be named in the coming weeks and will include university stakeholders. They will begin their work in January 2018.