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Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack Named as the Ninth President of Claflin University

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.

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