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HBCU Digest has named Dr. Harry L. Williams among the top 10 influential presidents, citing DSU's work in STEM development and its diversity, while also noting that continues to maintain a strong HBCU identity.

  Dr. Williams Named Among Most Influential HBCU Presidents


Dr. Harry L. Williams has been named among HBCU Digest’s “Top 10 Most Influential HBCU Presidents of 2016.”

Dr. Williams – who is beginning his eighth year as the 10th president of Delaware State University – is listed as the fifth most influential HBCU president in the country.

According to HBCU Digest, under Dr. Williams’ leadership “Delaware State has emerged as a national HBCU brand in STEM development and support for undocumented students seeking opportunities for higher education. The school also remains among the nation’s most diverse campuses, while maintaining a strong HBCU identity and increasing presence in federal and state opportunities for research and expansion.”

The HBCU Digest’s Top 10 list also includes a former DSU administrator and a former faculty member.

Claflin University President Henry Tisdale, whose 26-year tenure (1978-1994) culminated as the senior vice president and chief academic officer at DSU, is listed as the ninth most influential.

In addition, Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, who was a professor of education and the dean of the then-College of Education at DSU from 1998-2003, is listed as the sixth most influential.

The HBCU Digest “Top 10 Influential HBCU Presidents” includes:

  1. Dr. Harold Martin – North Carolina A&T State University
  2. Dr. Tashni Dubroy – Shaw University
  3. Dr. Michael Sorrell – Paul Quinn College
  4. Dr. William Harvey – Hampton University
  5. Dr. Harry L. Williams – Delaware State University
  6. Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond – Central State University
  7. Dr. James Clark – South Carolina State University
  8. Dr. Ronald Mason – University of the District of Columbia
  9. Dr. Henry Tisdale – Claflin University
  10. Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover – Tennessee State University.