Howard University President Gets a Major Vote of Confidence

In 2015, Wayne A.I. Frederick became the 17th president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Frederick had served as interim president of Howard University since October 2013. Previously, he was provost and chief academic officer of the university.

Now the board of trustees of Howard University has extended his contract for five additional years after his first term is over in 2019.

“President Frederick has been a transformational leader for Howard University and the entire board of trustees is excited to continue to work together in service to our community in the years ahead,” board chair Stacey Mobley said. “Because of his visionary leadership, Howard has made great strides in advancing the academic progress of students, enhancing faculty experience, and stabilizing the university’s financial position.”

Mark Mason, vice chair of the board of trustees added, “President Frederick has made tremendous progress in forwarding Howard’s goals and the mission of the university. We are confident that this positive and exciting momentum will continue. It was incredibly important to the board that we take a long-term approach and avoid the instability of leadership that seems to be an unfortunate trend today in higher education. Howard deserves a strategic leader and we have that in President Frederick.”

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Frederick enrolled at Howard University when he was 16 years old. In six years he earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees. He completed his surgical residency at Howard and then was a surgical oncology fellow at the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also holds an MBA from the School of Business at Howard University.


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  1. Fantastic news to hear that Howard is progressing and continuing to be a world class institution under Dr. Frederick’s leadership. Class of 1979

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