Wilberforce University now has less than a month to fight a Show Cause Order that could strip the school of its accreditation. There have been big administrative changes made in order to help the university keep its doors open.
To address the Show Cause Order from the Higher Learning Commission, Wilberforce hired a new President Dr. Algeania Freeman, and recently appointed 11 new board of trustee members. New board chair Mark Wilson, says they've been working overtime to address the commission's concerns.
There's a chance that Wilberforce University could lose its accreditation, but the university is about to get some help from one of its biggest supporters in order to keep its doors open.
The African American Episcopal Church put together the fundraising campaign to help Wilberforce battle a show cause order from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The order states that the university could lose its accreditation due to fiscal and academic difficulties.
Wilberforce University has named a new president. The country’s oldest private historically black college and university announced that Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman will become the school's 20th president - taking over for Dr. Wilma Mishoe who was serving in an interim capacity.
Wilberforce University has announced changes on its Board of Trustees. The leadership change is part of the school's "Force of Change" strategy to help it survive academic and fiscal problems. The Wilberforce Alumni Association and university officials say the strategy will include naming a new president and reorganizing the board of directors.
Wilberforce University was set to name a new president this week, but the selected candidate turned down the offer, and now a new search is underway.
Dwayne Smith, vice-president of academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo, was offered the job to become the school's 20th president at an alumni conference in Memphis. But the head of the Wilberforce Faculty Association, Richard Deering, indicated that Smith balked at the offer after learning he was not the university's first choice.