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Dr. Wilma MishoeDr. Wilma Mishoe
President of Delaware State University

Dr. Wilma Mishoe is currently the 11th president in the history of Delaware State University, and the first female to hold that position.. She was selected by the University’s Board of Trustees for the permanent post on June 15, 2018 after she served the first six months of that year as the interim president following the resignation of Dr. Harry L. Williams at the end of 2017, who served the previous eight years as the institution’s 10th president.

Prior to assuming the interim leadership post, Dr. Mishoe was elected as the chairwoman of the DSU Board of Trustees in July 2017. She originally became a board member in June 2015 after her appointment by then-Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

Her service at DSU as a president and board member returns Dr. Mishoe to the campus where she grew up as a teen. She is the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, who was the president of then-Delaware State College from 1960-1987, and his wife, First Lady Hattie B. Mishoe.

Her appointments at DSU is a continuation of her impressive career in higher education, which most recently included providing critical leadership to Wilberforce University (WU) in Ohio, one of the oldest historically black universities in the country.

Dr. Mishoe was drawn out of retirement to serve on a Presidential Transition Team in October 2013 at Wilberforce, where she was a member of its Board of Trustees since 2003. That board later appointed Dr. Mishoe as acting president at Wilberforce, an interim leadership post she held until October 2014 when the institution hired Dr. Algeania Marie Warren Freeman as its new permanent president. Dr. Mishoe continued as a special assistant to Dr. Freeman to aid in the transition.

At Wilberforce, Dr. Mishoe is credited with providing much-needed stable leadership during a time of declining enrollment, a budget deficit, accreditation sanctions and overall low morale. Under her period as acting president and special assistant to the president, Wilberforce experienced significant improvements in all areas and recently hosted a site visit by its accrediting agency.

During her tenure as a WU Board of Trustees member, Dr. Mishoe chaired its Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Compliance committees and was its board secretary. In addition to her board service at Wilberforce, Dr. Mishoe also served on the College Board of the Middle States Regional Assembly from 2004-2009.

In 2010, Dr. Mishoe retired from a 30-year career at Delaware Technical and Community College, where she held number of administrative leadership posts, including dean of the Office of Instruction and dean of Student Services, federal programs coordinator, Affirmative Action officer, and other positions.

From 1975-1980, Dr. Mishoe served as the dean of students and director of Financial Aid at then-Wilmington College, working under the school founder Dr. Donald E. Ross.

A longtime resident of Dover, Dr. Mishoe was a member of the Capital School District Board of Education from 1994-1999, and its board president from August 1997 to July 1999. She has served on numerous state and local boards, including the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Delaware Foster Care Board and the Delaware Commission on National and Community Service. She has also been a former chairwoman of the Delaware Public Integrity Commission, as well as an active member of the Dover Housing Authority Board of Directors, Delaware Humanities Forum, Juvenile Justice Advisory Group of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, Dover Rotary Club and City of Dover Title V Prevention Board.

Currently she is the president of the Dover (DE) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a member and former president of the Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.  Dr. Mishoe also is a Board of Steward Pro Tem at Mt. Zion AME Church and the former chair of its Social Actions Commission, and serves on the Board of Directors for VSA Delaware Arts for the Disabled and the Board of Directors for the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition.

In 2013, Dr. Mishoe was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.

Dr. Mishoe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1971) and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration, Guidance and Counseling (1972), both from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Adult/Vocational Education (1994) from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

She is the proud mother of two sons – Roy Sudler, Jr., who serves as a Dover City Councilman, and Travis Sudler, who is an instructional coordinator and academic advisor at the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College.