The Board of Trustees at Delaware State University on Friday voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Wilma Mishoe as the university’s 11th president, effective July 1.

Mishoe was named interim president in January after former President Harry Williams left DSU late last year to serve as CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington, D.C. Last July, Mishoe became the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees.

Devona Williams announced the decision in a letter to the university community, calling Mishoe a “dynamic leader” who leads with “distinction, integrity, and care.”

“At the board level, we are pleased but not surprised by Dr. Mishoe’s leadership,” Williams said. “She has dedicated her life to higher education for those too often overlooked and marginalized and has story after story of student achievement that in large measure can be attributed to her leadership.”

Mishoe is the daughter of late DSU President Luna Mishoe, who served as president from 1960 to 1987. She said she is looking forward to carrying on her father’s legacy at the university.

“I am up there I the clouds somewhere right now,” Wilma Mishoe told delawareonline.com on Friday. “I think it’s been less than an hour since they made that announcement, and I’m not numb, but I’m floating the clouds right now. I am honored, but it’s also an awesome, awesome responsibility.

“I love working with the students, they are what get me up in the morning and put a smile on my face.”

In addition to serving on DSU’s board since 2015, Mishoe was previously an administrator and acting president at Wilberforce University in Ohio, one of the oldest historically Black universities in the nation.

She also worked for 30 years at Delaware Technical and Community College before retiring in 2010.

From 1975-1980, Mishoe served as the dean of students and director of financial aid at then-Wilmington College. A resident of Dover, she was a member of that city’s board of education from 1994-1999, and its board president from August 1997 to July 1999.

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