Dear Howard University Community,
Earlier today, the Howard University Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend President Wayne Frederick’s contract for a second term, through June 30, 2024. My fellow board members and I feel our number one responsibility is to ensure the University is well positioned for long term success and our vote today will provide for the exceptional and consistent leadership the University deserves.
Under President Frederick’s leadership, Howard University has made great strides in advancing the academic progress of students, enhancing the faculty experience, and stabilizing our financial position. We are executing against a new strategic planning process, FY2016 saw our strongest financial performance in five years and the performance of Howard University Hospital has vastly improved and the hospital is now profitable and stable. We have also significantly increased the level of financial aid we are able to provide to our students. Throughout his tenure, President Frederick has successfully led innovative efforts to modernize Howard while ensuring we continue to uphold our historic mission. And I know we all felt proud to see our U.S. News and World report ranking improve to #124, establishing Howard as a Tier 1 National University by the publication. Make no mistake, there is much more to be done and the entire Board looks forward to continuing to work together in service to the Howard community in the years ahead.
This is truly an exciting time for Howard University. Celebrating our sesquicentennial puts into perspective the tremendous growth we have achieved as a University and what is possible going forward. Howard has a proud 150-year history of producing global leaders, advocating for social justice, and positively contributing to the betterment of all people. This legacy is to be celebrated and continued and I am confident we have the right President in place to continue our track record of success. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer and I know I can’t wait for my next visit to campus this fall.
Excellence in Truth and Service
Chairman of Howard University Board of Trustees