Dwaun J. Warmack has been named president of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The historically Black university enrolls over 2,100 students, 91 percent of whom are Black. Dr. Warmack’s presidency will begin on August 1, 2019.
For the past five years, Dr. Warmack has served as president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. During his tenure, he helped the university receive over $24 million in external funding, cultivated more than 16 partnerships with external organizations, became the fastest growing university in the state of Missouri, increased enrollment by 34 percent, and expanded academic offerings to include more than 50 programs.
Prior to his appointment at Harris-Stowe State, Dr. Warmack served as the senior vice president of administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and as the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He previously held positions with Western Carolina University and Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
“I am honored to lead one of the nation’s premier historically Black colleges and universities that has a tradition of producing visionary leaders and a proven track record devoted to student success,” Dr. Warmack said. “My aspiration is to honor President Tisdale’s amazing legacy, by continuing the Claflin standard as a beacon of excellence in higher education for future generations to come. I am humbled by the opportunity afforded me to carry the torch and to continue the growth and development of Claflin University as a dynamic and powerful center of scholarship, research and education.”
Dr. Warmack holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in sociology both from Delta State University. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.