Wayne A. I. Frederick recently informed the board of trustees of Howard University that he plan to retire from the presidency by June 2024. He has committed to remain in place to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. Dr. Frederick, who had been serving as provost, was named interim president in 2013 and assumed the permanent position in 2014. He has spent 34 years at Howard as a student, faculty member, administrator, and president.
Laurence C. Morse, chair of the university’s board of trustees, stated that “the next president of Howard will follow Dr. Frederick’s lead in exemplifying our motto of truth and service by strengthening our legacy, embracing and expanding our community, and building on our strategic plan to prioritize the success of our students, faculty and staff. As we develop and finalize the selection process for our next University president, we will be sure to share more details with all members of our University community as they become available. In the meantime, I invite you to join me and my fellow trustees in celebrating Dr. Frederick for his extraordinary work and thanking him for his longstanding and continued dedication and service to Howard University.”
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, 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. Dr. Frederick also holds an MBA from the School of Business at Howard University.