WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) – The Howard University Board of Trustees accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee and voted to appoint Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS, as the University’s 17th President during a meeting on Monday evening.
The Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., was comprised of all of the University’s stakeholder groups: students, represented by the president of the Howard University Student Association; alumni, represented by the president of the Howard University Alumni Association; faculty, represented by two Faculty Senate appointees; and a representative of the Howard University Staff Organization. The Committee included 15 alumni, nine trustees, including two trustees emeriti, five academicians, the Attorney General of California, a Vice President of the Lumina Foundation, and the Mayor of Atlanta.
“Selecting a university president is one of the most critical decisions a Board of Trustees is entrusted to make, and Dr. Frederick’s selection is the result of an extraordinarily thorough and thoughtful process,” Jordan said. “After conducting an exhaustive national search, we identified a finalist pool, comprised of both internal and external candidates. From this stellar group, Dr. Frederick stood out as supremely qualified, remarkably motivated, and uniquely suited to lead Howard University.”
Board Chairman Stacey J. Mobley said, “We conducted an inclusive national search and are excited to name Dr. Frederick as the next president of Howard University. He brings insight, energy, and the requisite vision to advance the Capstone through collaboration and engagement.”
Frederick has served as the University’s interim president since October 2013. A respected scholar, surgeon, researcher and administrator, he previously served as Howard’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, charged with oversight of Howard’s 13 schools and colleges, as well as its health sciences enterprise.
“I am deeply honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to lead this great University,” Frederick said. “Howard University has been an unparalleled catalyst since its founding, opening doors and expanding opportunity for untold individuals while driving research, innovation, service, and excellence. On the cusp of our 150th anniversary, I could not be more humbled to accept the mantle of leadership and embrace the sacred trust of our motto, Truth and Service.”
Frederick enrolled at Howard University as a 16-year-old from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. He earned a dual B.S./M.D. degree program at 22, and went on to enter a surgical residency at Howard University Hospital. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard’s School of Business.
The Search Committee’s process was designed to be inclusive and transparent. It included a strategic institutional overview of Howard’s operational, organizational, competitive, and environmental challenges and opportunities. The overview served to inform the development of search criteria to match the needs of the University. The Search Committee also implemented an extensive engagement process with the Board’s Transition Committee. This engagement process included an online survey of all key stakeholders, seven on-campus forums, 16 alumni forums in various metropolitan areas across the country, and eight affinity group webinars. Insights gained from these outreach activities also guided the Search Committee’s evaluation of the candidates.
Jordan added, “I thank the members of the Search Committee for their tireless work, as well as members of the community who participated in stakeholder forums, webinars, and survey. This level of engagement is critical to advancing our University.”
Members of the Search Committee also expressed their support for the process.
Mercedes Vidal Tibbits, Ph.D. — Undergraduate Faculty Representative, Howard University Faculty Senate.
“As Faculty Senate representatives on the Presidential Search Committee, we participated in a comprehensive search process. Our voices were heard and our views shared. I was very satisfied with the depth and breadth of the search and the commitment to faculty engagement.”
James K. Pleasant — Director, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Services, Department of Physical Facilities Management, Howard University
“Having participated in the presidential search process, I am fully confident that the decision we made will pay dividends to Howard University for many years into the future under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Wayne Frederick.”
Dominique Perkins — President of the Howard University Student Association
“The search process was very thorough and transparent. I was humbled to be the undergraduate student representative. Along with the graduate student representative, we were able to advance student priorities and needs to all the candidates. I am excited about Dr. Frederick’s leadership.”
Kelechi C. Anyanwu — President of the Howard University Graduate Student Assembly and third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program
“Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick is an outstanding leader who exemplifies the characteristics, leadership qualities, experience, and connections needed to take Howard University to the next level of academic excellence.”
Chris Washington — President of the Howard University Alumni Association
“It was a great honor to be a member of the Presidential Search Committee. A new president represents a new era for Howard. I am happy and confident that our process was extensive and complete. I am in total support of our choice of Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick as the 17th President of Howard and look forward to continuing our alumni engagement as we strive to achieve the mission and goals of the University.”
I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank four Bison Express board members who will be leaving the board effective July 1, 2014. They are:
• Marjay Anderson
• Larry Banks
• Sheila Marshall
• Rick McGhee
I know I speak for the board as well as myself in saying that these individuals’ dedication and service will be missed. The contributions they made to Bison Express and Howard University Athletics are too many to mention. The commitment and financial support as they remained active board members over the years is greatly appreciated.
We will do our best to continue the good work these former board members produced during their tenure. And they should not be surprised if we call on them for advice and counsel from time to time!
Bruce H. Williams
Chair, Bison Express Board
Chuck Walton III has a lot going on. The graduating senior is the play-by-play announcer for Howard University sports, a co-founder Elite Insiders blog and a contributor to the ESPN 980 radio station.
He recently wrote a column for CNN and appeared on-air for a live interview after Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime suspension for racist remarks.
“I hear the subtle signs of racism on talk radio or on the Internet, where coded language of ‘quotas’ and ‘boot-straps’ is used in substitution of the old phrases of ‘ghettos’ and ‘laziness,’” Walton wrote. “I read the Twitter feeds and troll the comment boards, listening to how those of like mind cluster together, reinforcing their own points of view.”
Click here to read Walton’s full column and watch the interview.
Philip Gyau has a long road ahead in rebuilding Howard’s men’s soccer program. But that doesn’t mean going to the beach is off-limits. He was there two days before he landed the job and he’ll go back if it can help the team.
“I used some of the training methods from beach soccer with youth teams all the time – and I had players who went on to become national team players,” he told Boxscore News during CONCACAF’s first-ever beach soccer coaching course, at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “It teaches you to control the ball in the air, to gain a close control … the technical skills are certainly very useful.”
Gray, 48, will use every tool at his disposal to lead the Bison back to the national prominence they once enjoyed. The heyday ended before he arrived on campus, but he’s well aware of the history – as is Howard’s interim president Wayne Frederick, team manager when the Bison advanced to the 1988 NCAA title game.
“It’s extremely important to rebuild the soccer team because we have a strong history of success,” Frederick said during Gyau’s introductory press conference. “My first impression of athletics here was one of excellence.”
Gyau was “saddened” to watch Howard drop so far, 1-17-0 last season and ranked dead last among Division I’s 203 teams. “This school game me everything,” he said. “I want to give back.”
By HOWARD MANN
Pep Hamilton has come a long way since playing quarterback for the Bison from 1993-1996.
He began his coaching career right away, starting at his alma mater, and enjoyed stints with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Stanford University before landing his current position as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.
Hamilton was the keynote speaker during the inaugural Howard University Football Coaches’ Clinic earlier this month. He was joined by fellow former Bison Antoine Bethea (49ers saftey) Roy Anderson (Colts defensive backs coach) and Jimmie Johnson (former Vikings tight ends coach).
They all spoke of the importance of giving back to Howard, both in time, talent and treasure.
“As alums, we have to do a better job of reflecing on some of the things we had to overcome,” Hamilton said, “and do what we can to help that next generation of Howard grads not have those bumps in the road.”
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ATLANTA – The 2014 HBCU Lacrosse National Tournament was held April 6 at Morehouse College. The four-game tournament was for this year’s bragging rights among the nation’s four Historically Black Colleges & Universities that field men’s club lacrosse programs.
In the championship match, Howard University rallied to defeat Morgan State University, 6-5. The Bison trailed, 4-2, at halftime but tightened their defense after the break. The second half featured rain and a field with scattered puddles full of pollen, which made for challenging, yet exciting, lacrosse.
The Bears fought hard and won most of the ground balls due to the Bison’s multiple passes that were missed or dropped. But Howard was relentless in its position defense and played with confidence in its offensive sets, producing four second-goals to dethrone the 2013 HBCU national champions.
The rivalries at B.T. Harvey Stadium was so thick and the competition so fierce, fans might have thought teams wouldn’t shake hands afterward. But the handshakes took place, as did the traditional photo featuring the teams that had just battled.
The tournament began with Howard taking on Morehouse. Hard hitting resulted in several game stoppages due to injury and a bench-clearing “almost brawl.” With high energy brewed from early-season trash talk and tempers flaring throughout the contest, offensive technical prowess was at a minimum, but the physicality of lacrosse was pushed to the limit.
There were several ties until Bison captain Chris Ard ripped a bounce shot with about 90 seconds remaining to give Howard a 7-6 victory.
In the other semifinal, Morgan State jumped to an early lead against Hampton University and cruised to a 12-4 win.
Hampton beat Morehouse in the third-place game, 8-6.
If Philip Gyau’s bloodlines are any indication, Howard’s men’s soccer team will receive a a program-saving transfusion.
His father was a member of Ghana’s 1964 Olympic team and played in NASL. Gyau has a son and daughter (Joseph and Mia) who are members of U.S. national program. Gyau himself starred at Howard in the ‘80s and went to earn six caps for the U.S. team and play for several pro teams before coaching with the U.S. beach team and a Bethesda youth program.
Soccer is the Gyau family business.
Who better to revive a once-proud soccer program that has almost flat-lined? The Bison finished 1-17 last season, the sixth and final losing campaign under Michael Lawrence, who was relieved of his duties in December.
Gyau arrived at Howard a decade after the Bison shocked college soccer by winning the national championship in 1971 and 1974. The NCAA stripped Howard of its 1971 title in a controversial ruling that many claim was fueled by racism, but it couldn’t tarnish the feat three years later.
“Winning the championship in 1974 brought some catharsis and sense of justice,” then-coach Lincoln Phillips told The New York Times last year. “We felt that our approach in developing scholar-athletes always followed the spirit of the N.C.A.A. even when we were the targets of some unfair and sometimes hostile situations. Our graduation rate was among the highest in the nation, and the players we recruited were very good and serious students.”
Shortly after Gyau graduated, Howard returned to prominence again, reaching the 1988 championship and advancing to the quarterfinals in 1989. But in the 24 seasons since then, the Bison have appeared in just one NCAA tournament (1997).
Howard seeks a return to glory under Gyau and there’s good reason to believe it can happen. Considering its potential to draw international players with unrivaled love and passion, Howard should be a perennial contender in soccer. And Gyau’s ability to develop young players should be a draw for homegrown talent, too.
The 2014 season will represent a rebirth on two levels: The men’s team is joining the Sun Belt Conference, which is sponsoring men’s soccer for the first time since 1995.
“We’re extremely proud to be a member of the Sun Belt Conference in the sport of men’s soccer,” Howard athletic director Louis “Skip” Perkins said. “This gives our soccer program the opportunity to compete in a conference tournament and ultimately a chance to play in the NCAA tournament.”
Having a conference home is nice, but picking the right coach is crucial.
For a program in critical condition, Gyau appears to be a great resuscitator.
By HOWARD MANN
Howard University athletics director Louis “Skip” Perkins was at work one day, minding his own business, when a Bison Express member stopped by. Perkins is hoping that many more visitors bring such good tidings to his office.
Shortly after the welcome interruption, $25,000 was added to the budget. Perkins, Bison Express chairman Bruce Williams and vice chairman Thomas Payne took a picture with “the check” on Feb. 1, as North Carolina Central visited Burr Gymnasium for men’s and women’s basketball games.
“This came from a tremendous donor who wants to remain anonymous and totally help the athletic department,” Perkins said. “It’s just someone who genuinely cares about the athletic program and wants to see us succeed. He knew we had some facility issues and things like that. We’re very grateful.”
Perkins said it marked the largest single donation from an individual during his tenure, which began in January 2011. Twenty-five grand is a lot of money, even with the acknowledgement that dollar amounts are relative.
At the Charter Day gala on March 8, the university announced a $4.9 million gift from the trust of Dr. Richard “Frank” Jones, who received his bachelor’s from Howard in 1919 and his M.D. in 1922. Another seven-figure donation came from Radio One CEO Alfred C. Liggins, who gave $4 million to the School of Communications in honor of his mother, Radio One chairwoman/founder and Howard alum Cathy Hughes.
Those gifts were the lion’s share of more than $10 million raised as Howard celebrated its 147th anniversary. But Perkins doesn’t want folks to focus on the number of zeroes on a check.
“It doesn’t matter if someone is writing a check for $250, $100 or $2,500 dollars,” he said. “Every bit counts. As athletic departments, we all operate at a deficit. Only 11 schools in the country don’t. We have so many different needs – from facilities and scholarships to books and equipment. It all helps and it all counts. We appreciate anyone who reaches out to help us.”
The challenges facing HBCUs, in general, and Howard, in particular, have received a lot of attention over the last several months. Alumni giving – or lack thereof – comes up often in such discussions. “I Love Howard,” a grassroots effort, began recently with the modest goal of raising $20,000 for the university’s endowment.
Perkins said the instinct to give has to be instilled before students become alumni.
“We have to train our young people once they come to HBCUs as freshmen,” he said. “They have to know we’re going to need their support once they walk out these doors in four or five years. We have to educate them and help them understand how important it is.
“The best part is they can give anywhere because we need help in all areas. Whether it’s an academic major, athletics, the library – there’s no donation we can’t accept. It can be in-kind, cash, estate, will, whatever. We just can’t wait until they graduate and they’re gone 10 years and ask them to write a check. We have to find ways to keep them connected and embrace them at all times.”
The mysterious Bison Express donor insisted on remaining anonymous and Perkins assured him that would be the case. The gift wasn’t earmarked. Perkins said it probably will go toward the athletics department’s academic center and weight room, “which we’d like to have done before the end of this fiscal year.”
Whatever the goal, Perkins’ department was $25,000 closer after his special visitor that day.
Washington’s Doug Williams threw for four touchdown and a Super Bowl-record 340 yards when he led his team past John Elway’s Denver Broncos. Wilson’s numbers were much more modest Sunday night – two touchdowns and 340 yards – in leading his team past Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos.
Williams is part of HBCU football royalty, a former Grambling State star who played for legendary coach Eddie Robinson. Wilson played his college ball at North Carolina State and Wisconsin.
But he has strong ties to HBCUs beneath the surface.
Wilson’s grandfather Harrison B. Wilson graduated from Kentucky State, was a highly-successful basketball coach at Jackson State and later became president of Norfolk State. Russell’s grandmother Dr. Lucy Wilson graduated from South Carolina State.
A great-great grandmother, Elizabeth “Bettie” Price Ayers, graduated from Wilberforce University in 1901. An aunt, April Woodard, is a professor at Hampton University.
His connection to the past wasn’t lost after the game.
“It’s something I think about, to be the second African-American to win the Super Bowl,” he said. “That’s history right there, man. It’s something special and it’s real.”
Wilson’s father died of complications from diabetes in 2010. But the belief he instilled in his son lives on, which helps explain how a 5-foot-11 quarterback can win the Super Bowl in his second NFL season.
“He always used to tap me and say, ‘Russ, why not you? Why not us.’”
That’s the question, indeed.
Whether we’re products of HBCUs, PWCUs or no CUs…
Why not us?
There’s no denying that African Americans have come a long way since the days of Jim Crow. There’s also no doubt that integration helped lead to the gradual weakening of once-burgeoning black businesses and institutions.
Take HBCU football, for instance. The game used to be the main attraction, with talents such as Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), Bob Hayes (FAMU), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), etc. But nowadays, the vast majority of NFL-caliber prospects go elsewhere for college ball, leaving HBCUs better known for bands and halftime rather than stars and highlights.
“The HBCU halftime is part of the culture, and I love the bands,” Tennessee State’s Kadeem Edwards told Aljazeera America. “It fills me with pride. But, man, the football is more important to me. I don’t want the people to leave the game before the third quarter. Stay and watch us.”
Edwards was the only HBCU player selected for the 2014 Senior Bowl. He believes that HBCU football “is slowly dying” with diminishing crowds and fewer impactful recruits. South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson was the only HBCU player drafted in 2012 and only two HBCU players were drafted last year; as recently as 1996, 17 were drafted.
Former Arizona Cardinals star Aeneas Williams, who played at Southern, said mid-major schools and up-and-coming FBS schools have dented the influx as much as traditional powerhouses such as Alabama, Texas, Florida State, etc. He said HBCUs need to do a better job of marketing and promoting their legacy (while also upgrading their facilities).
“We need to be blowing the horns for our players who have the skill set to play at the next level,” he said. “Football can be the eyes for people to see into your university.”
Clearly, there’s no going back to the glory days, but there’s no reason HBCU football can’t be a quality product.
A number of players will continue to transfer from FCS schools, for a variety of reasons. And while former Tennessee State cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – who will line up for Denver in the Super Bowl – is the only first-round draft pick in the NFL, other HBCU players have reached the league via the undrafted free agent route.
It’s understandable that Edwards is frustrated by fans who barely pay attention during the game and leave after halftime. But continuing to compete is the best way to change that behavior.
Complaining isn’t the answer.