Earlier, Haywood L. Strickland, president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year. The board of trustees of the historically Black college has named Herman J. Felton Jr. to succeed President Strickland.
When Dr. Felton takes office this summer, he will be the seventeenth president of Wiley College. The college, located west of Shreveport, Louisiana, enrolls nearly 1,300 students, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education data. African Americans make up 80 percent of the student body.
Since 2016, Dr. Felton has been president of Wilberforce University in Ohio. Earlier, Dr. Felton served as senior vice president, chief operating officer, and vice president for institutional advancement at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He is the former director of development at Murray State University in Kentucky.
Dr. Felton is a graduate of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a law degree at the University of Florida.