Each Tuesday the HBCU Campaign Fund organization will highlight a Chancellor or President, who currently serves at a Historically Black College and University.

This initiative recognizes the current individuals who serve historically black colleges and universities changing and educating lives daily and producing visionary leaders of the next generation.

This Tuesday (2/9/16) highlight feature Dr. Henry N. Tisdale (pictured below), President of Claflin University.

Pictured: Claflin University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale and former Ebony Editor and FAMU graduate Mitz Miller. (Photo courtesy Larry Hardy/The Times and Democrat)

Dr. Henry N. Tisdale was named the eighth president of Claflin University in 1994 which is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Dr. Tisdale is a native of Kingstree, South Carolina, and a magna cum laude graduate of Claflin University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1965. He was awarded a Master of Education degree in Mathematics from Temple University in 1967 then a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1975. He then received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978. He has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from South Carolina State University (2004) and Hofstra University (2009).

As described as a high energy and visionary president, Dr. Tisdale, in the tradition of Claflin’s presidents, has been a servant leader while also overseeing tremendous growth in all areas of the University’s campus and academic endeavors. During his nearly 20 years as president, Dr. Tisdale’s reputation for accomplishment, generating momentum, demonstrating commitment and his strategic approach to advancing Claflin have established him as a prominent influence in higher education.

In Dr. Tisdale’s background in higher education, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware (1987 to 1994), served as Assistant Academic Dean for Administration, Planning and Information Management at Delaware State University (1986 to 1987), he was selected by the American Council on Education Center for Leadership Development in Washington, D.C., to serve as an ACE Fellow in Academic Administration (1985). Dr. Tisdale served a full academic year in a mentor/internship relationship with Dr. E.A. Trabant, president of the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

During his 24-year tenure at Delaware State University, Dr. Tisdale served in several other capacities, including as Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning ( 1978 – 1985); Professor of Mathematics (1969 – 1985); and Instructor, Summer Engineering Institute (1978 – 1985). Prior to these positions in higher education, he taught mathematics in the Philadelphia School System (1965-1969).

Throughout his career, Dr. Tisdale has been a recipient of numerous awards and honors. In September 2008, the town of Kingstree, in recognition of the extraordinary achievements of its native son, erected a lasting tribute, six highway markers proclaiming Kingstree, South Carolina, the “Home of Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, The Eighth President of Claflin University.” Dr. Tisdale’s other recent honors include the 2008 Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III Chief Executive Leadership Award, the 2007 Milliken Medal of Quality Award, a 2007 BellSouth Honoree, the I. DeQuincey Newman Humanitarian Award, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in High Education Distinguished Alumni Award, Who’s Who Among Black Americans and the NAACP Educator of the Year Award.

Over the years, Dr. Tisdale has served on many committees, councils, boards and task forces at both the state and national levels. Additionally, he has published and presented widely in areas of probability theory and issues in high education.

Dr. Tisdale is a member of the Board of Directors of UNCF, American Council on Education Commission on Effective Leadership, UNCF Special Programs Board of Directors, the Association of Governing Boards of University and Colleges Council of Presidents, the HBCU-ETS Steering Committee and a member of Governor Nikki Haley’s Transition Team. He is a member of the Claflin University National Alumni Association, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Orangeburg Rotary Club and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Dr. Tisdale’s inaugural pledge to place Claflin University among the premier liberal arts institutions in American was achieved when, in August 2008, Forbes.com listed the University as the top Historically Black College or University in the country and ranked Claflin in the top four percent nationally in their first-ever rankings of “American’s Best Colleges.” U.S. News and World Report’s “Guidebook to America’s Best Colleges” has included Claflin in its “Top Tier” rankings among comprehensive baccalaureate-granting institutions in the South for 14 consecutive years. In its 2012 ranking, Claflin reached a new plateau: For the first time, it was ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts college and universities. Claflin was also ranked #1 in alumni giving among HBCUs. Claflin continues to expand its national exposure #10 ranking among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges and universities from the Washington Monthly.

Under Dr.Tisdale’s leadership, the University’s academic accomplishments include an enhanced and increased enrollment by 85 percent and national accreditation for business administration, teacher education, music, and chemistry.

Dr. Tisdale and his wife, Alice Carson Tisdale, have two children, Danica Camille Tisdale Fisher, and Brandon Keith.


#ChooseClaflinUniversity                                    #ChooseHBCU

For more information about Arkansas Baptist College, visit www.claflin.edu.

Source: http://www.claflin.edu/about-cu/administration/office-of-president/president’s-biography

Each Tuesday the HBCU Campaign Fund organization will highlight a Chancellor or President, who currently serves at a Historically Black College and University.

This initiative recognizes the current individuals who serve historically black colleges and universities changing and educating lives daily and producing visionary leaders of the next generation.

This Tuesday (2/2/16) highlight feature Dr. Fitz Hill (pictured below), President of Arkansas Baptist College.

Dr. Fitz Hill, the 13th president of Arkansas Baptist College, a historically black college and university located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Fitz Hill was named in 2006 as the President of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Hill serves the mission of Arkansas Baptist College with his personal life’s work: “to make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most.”

Dr. Hill, the youngest of three brothers, was born and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he graduated from Arkadelphia High School. Hill earned an athletic scholarship to Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), playing as a wide receiver on the football team. Hill left Northeastern Louisiana and returned to Arkadelphia to help take care of his mother, who died in 2009.

Hill later transferred to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. To pay for school, Hill managed a shoe repair store and joined the Army ROTC. Hill also founded a coin-op laundromat in 1986 and managed it until 1996. He continued to play football and was an NAIA All-American in 1985 and 1986; he graduated in 1987 with a double major B.A. in communications and physical education.

After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University, Hill returned to Arkadelphia High School in 1987 as an assistant football coach. In 1988, Hill enrolled at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and was a graduate assistant on the Northwestern State Demons football team. Hill then transferred to the University of Arkansas in 1989 and became a graduate assistant for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. In the spring of 1990, Hill returned to Northwestern State University and served as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for that term. While completing his master’s degree at Northwestern State, Hill continued to be a volunteer assistant coach for Arkansas in 1990 and 1991. Hill graduated from Northwestern State with a Master of Arts degree in student personnel services in 1991.

In 1997, Hill received his Ed.D. from University of Arkansas, his doctoral thesis examined the “barriers restricting employment opportunities” for black coaches.

In December 2000, Hill was hired as the head coach of the San Jose State University football team. Hill became the 17th black coach in Division I-A football and one of the few I-A coached with a doctorate. When Hill was hired, the San Jose State athletic department was in financial trouble and ranked 106th out of 114 Division I-A schools in football home game attendance.

On November 22, 2004, before the final game of the season, Hill announced that he would resign from San Jose State at season’s end, at the request of interim university president Don Kassing.

In December 2004, Hill returned to Arkansas, becoming executive director of the Ouachita Opportunity Fund at Ouachita Baptist University as well as co-founder and co-general manager of Life Champs Sports, a youth sports program headquartered in Little Rock. From 2004 to 2006, he was a visiting scholar and research associate at the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sport Business Management Program. During his time at San Jose State, Hill created the Delta Classic, a college football game between historically black colleges and universities held annually in Little Rock, Arkansas. While raising support for the Delta Classic, Hill contacted Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) to speak with their president and found out they, at the time, did not have one. After giving his presentation on the Delta Classic to the school’s board of trustees, they offered him the position of school president and he accepted.

At the time Hill took over at ABC, there was no salary budgeted to pay him, and the school’s enrollment had dipped to fewer than 200 students; the college was in danger of being stripped of its accreditation bu the NCACS (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). In five years, the school grew enrollment to 1,100 students, its budget $2 million to nearly $20 millions, and kept it accreditation.

Hill is marred to fellow Ouachita Baptist classmate, Cynthia Hill and they have three children together.

#ChooseArkansasBaptist                   #ChooseABC

For more information about Arkansas Baptist College, visit www.arkansasbaptist.edu.

Source: http://www.arkansasbaptist.edu/about/administration/president/

Each Tuesday the HBCU Campaign Fund organization will highlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves at a Historically Black College and University.

This initiative recognizes the current individuals who serve historically black colleges and universities changing and educating lives daily and producing visionary leaders of the next generation.

This Tuesday (1/26/16) highlight feature Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack (pictured on the right),

Dwaun Warmack is installed as president of Harris-Stowe State University.  Photo by Wiley Price | St. Louis American.

President of Harris-Stowe State University.


Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack was named in 2014 as the President of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and at the age of 37 is one of the youngest serving presidents of a four-year institution in the nation. Within five months of his arrival to Harris-Stowe he raised a million dollars for student scholarships and for infrastructure needs.

Dr. Warmack earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sociology from Delta State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He is a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, the largest regional accreditation body in the United States.

He is both a scholar, practitioner and possesses a wealth of experiences in program design, faculty and student development, assessment and accreditation. Prior to his appointment as president of Harris-Stowe, he served as senior vice president, administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University overseeing a staff of 170. His successes include oversight of a multi-million dollar renovation of the institution’s residence halls. Prior to his tenure at Bethune-Cookman, he was the associate dean of students at Rhodes Colleges in Memphis, where he had oversight of student affairs areas including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, and Delta State University.

Warmack provides a brand of leadership and that is characterized by an unqualified insistence on data-driven decision-making and a commitment to higher education’s current best practices. A visionary with a unique understanding and appreciation for today’s millennial students, he is committed to academic integration and the holistic development of students. Dr. Warmack is committed to developing programs that promote diversity and pluralism.

He has received several awards for his work in higher education and the community. He received the Delta State University Young Alumni Award and was recently inducted into the institution’s Hall of Fame. He served as a Board member for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Foundation, the Alumni Board of Directors for Delta State University. He currently serves on the boards of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, Grand Center and the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Over the years he has presented more than 120 diversity and leadership presentations and workshops to array of individuals and group.


For more information about Harris-Stowe State University, visit www.hssu.edu.

Source: http://www.hssu.edu/rsp_content.cfm?wid=8&pid=844