Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has announced that he will step from his post on June 30, 2019. Dr. Tisdale will have led the historically Black university for a quarter century.
In making the announcement, President Tisdale said, ““I am honored to serve Claflin in this leadership role. I am thankful for the Claflin community that embraced my hopes, dreams and vision for the University. I never felt alone in the process to move the University forward. This has been a rewarding journey and a mission to make a difference.”
After Dr. Tisdale became president of Claflin in 1994, the educational institution doubled its enrollments by 2008. More than half of all Claflin alumni donate to the university’s annual fund, the highest rate of any HBCU in the nation.
Dr. Tisdale is a magna cum laude graduate of Claflin University. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate in mathematics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.