Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

ORANGEBURG, SC – The Claflin University Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Dwuan J. Warmack as the ninth president of the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in South Carolina, effective August 1, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, who is retiring after 25 years of tranformational leadership at the Orangeburg, S.C., institution founded in 1869.

Dr. Warmack will assume the mantle of leadership at Claflin after serving the last five years as President at Harris-Stowe State University in Missouri. He brings more than 25 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education at five distinct higher education institutions. Provost Dwayne Smith will serve as interim president at HSSU during the search for Warmack’s replacement.

“Dr. Warmack was unanimously chosen to lead Claflin University from a pool of highly qualified applicants,” said James K. Lehman, Chair of the Board. “We believe he will continue Claflin’s upward trajectory, keeping the university among the nation’s leading institutions of higher education. he brings a brand of leadership that is inclusive, transparent and inspires teamwork.”

Under Dr. Warmack’s exemplary leadership, Harris-Stowe witnessed an institutional transformation, which is unparalleled in its 162-year history. He has shepherded more than $24 million in external funding to the institution, including a $5 million STEM grant, the largest in the school’s history. He cultivated more than 16 partnerships and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies, regional organizations and other higher education institutions to strengthen Harris-Stowe’s infrastructure.

“I am honored to lead one of the nation’s premier Historically Black College and Universities that has a tradition of producing visionary leaders and a proven track record devoted to student success,” said Warmack. “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 generation to come. I am humbled by the opportunity afforded me to carry the torch and continue the growth and development of Claflin University as a dynamic and powerful center of scholarship, research and education.”

Prior to his appointment as President of Harris-Stowe, he served as the Senior Vice President, Administration and Student Services at Bethune-Cookman University. Prior to that appointment, he was the Associate Dean of Students at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he had oversight over Student Affairs and Administration including Judicial Affairs, Student Activities, Greek Life, New Student and Parent Orientation and Multicultural Affairs. Dr Warmack also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and Delta State University.

Dr. Warmach is committed to developing programs that promote diversity, pluralism and cultural competency. Throughout his career, he has championed inclusion, academic excellence and the retention of underrepresented students. Over the years, he has presented more than 120 diversity and leadership presentations and workshops to an array of individuals and groups. He was recently selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, a highly selective and worldwide competitive fellowship.

Dr. Warmach 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, Tennessee. He completed post-doctoral work in Educational Leadership at Harvard University School of Education.

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About Claflin University

Claflin University is a comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with the United Methodist Church. A historically black University founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin is dedicated to providing a student-centered, liberal arts education grounded in cutting-edge research, experiential learning, state-of-the-art technology, community service, and life-long personal and professional fulfillment. For more information, visit www.claflin.edu.

ORANGEBURG, SC – SC State University will hold its Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. at the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. New Jersey senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Cory Booker, will deliver the commencement speech to the 2019 graduating class.

A native of Washington, D.C, Booker has dedicated his life to fighting for those who have been left out, left behind or left without a voice. In 1996, he moved to Newark, New Jersey, and founded a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families, helping tenants take on slumlords, improve their living conditions and stay in their homes.

At age 29, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council, and beginning in 2006, he served as Newark’s mayor for more than seven years. He said he is running for president to reignite a spirit of common purpose to build a fairer and just nation for everyone.

Booker was the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. In the Senate, he has been a vocal critic of the Trump Administration and has underlined the importance of unity and fundamental American values. He has also championed policies that advance economic and equal justice — including leading efforts to reform the broken criminal justice system, increase wages, ensure hard work is fairly rewarded and protect the rights of all Americans to breathe clean air and drink clean water.

Booker held form at SC State last October on the importance of voting in the primary election of November 2018. During the forum, he emphasized the powerful and vital impact today’s youth can have on society when they use their voices for change.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to address the graduating class at South Carolina State University’s Commencement Ceremony. With so many challenges to take on, I believe that this generation will help to chart this nation’s course for decades to come. By coming together in this moment, we can ignite a sense of common purpose that I believe is vital in moving our country forward,” said Booker.

About South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University (SC State) is a historically Black public 1890 land-grant senior comprehensive institution. Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, SC State University is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality baccalaureate programs in the areas of business, applied professional sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, engineering technology, education, arts, and humanities. A number of programs are offered at the master’s level in teaching, human services and agribusiness, and the educational specialist and doctorate programs are offered in educational administration. For more information, visit www.scsu.edu

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