Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq., President of Chicago State University.

CHICAGO, IL – ComEd recently announced the appointment of Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, president of Chicago State University, to its board as independent directors. Scott joins Smita Shah, CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc., 2022 appointment, and Ricardo “Ric” Estrada, president & CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, named to the board in November 2021.

“Z and Smita are distinguished business and civic leaders from our community and have proven track records of innovation and leadership experience. We are pleased to welcome them to the ComEd board,” said Gil Quiniones, ComEd CEO. “Their respective expertise, combined with their shared passion for closing the opportunity gap for women and minorities, will serve the company well as we continue to work to create an equitable clean energy future for all communities.”

As president of Chicago State University, Scott has overseen the development and advancement of its strategic plan for 2020 to 2025 to ensure the institution leads with the mission of transforming students’ lives through innovation and excellence in ethical leadership.

Scott is also a well-known advocate for equity in higher education. She formed and co-chairs the Equity Working Group, a body of leaders from across the education, public, private, philanthropic, and community development sectors to address Black students access and success in Illinois higher education.

“I’m honored to join ComEd’s board of directors and advance its values of integrity, forward thinking, openness to ideas and principled decision-making,” said Scott. “I’m excited to support ComEd’s important work to build a cleaner and brighter future for communities across Chicagoland and northern Illinois.”

Scott serves on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago board of directors where she also sits on the board’s Audit and Compliance and the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the board of trustees for the John H. Shedd Aquarium and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Scott is also a member of The Chicago Network where she chairs the Government Committee.

Scott holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

About ComEd
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 200 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information, visit ComEd.com.

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Dr. Wade will transition to new role May 1, 2021

GRAMBLING, LA – Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade will transition to a new role at Grambling State University (GSU) as interim Vice President of Student Affairs. The Monroe, Louisiana native currently serves as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the institution. Having received his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Grambling State, earning a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Walden University.

Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade

Dr. Wade is a high-impact, outcomes-driven, social media-connected student affairs practitioner.

A first-generation college graduate at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level, he has dedicated his 16-year career to finding innovative and strategic ways to make higher education possible for those who desire it.

“Dr. Wade’s interim appointment represents a full-circle moment,” said Rick Gallot, Grambling State University President. “As a first-generation graduate of GSU almost 20 years ago to his current role, he represents the level of quality and preparation we aspire our students. He is a nationally recognized leader in digital student engagement and we are excited about his leadership as the formal search process commences.”

Dr. Wade said that Grambling has given him so much and has always been a special place for him.

“I found the love of my life on The Yard and identified my passion for student affairs by serving as a work-study student in the same spaces where I now work almost 20 years later,” he said. “It is indeed an honor to serve in this interim capacity and I appreciate President Gallot for his trust and confidence in my ability to collaboratively lead our team and genuinely support our students. For me, higher education can provide people with an established and supportive avenue to achieve their desired goals and aspirations. It is a joy to serve as one of many stewards for young people who decide to travel that road.”

Before serving at Grambling State, Dr. Wade served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Alabama State University. He is a student advocate who fosters a sincere passion to serve students, especially first-generation HBCU students and students of color. In addition to working extensively with collaborators and colleagues to enhance the student experience, Dr. Wade serves as an active member and leader within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), where he holds the Region III African American Knowledge Community Co-Representative position, serves on the Conference Advisory Committee for the NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education, and led GSU’s efforts to successfully join the 2020 Cohort of the NAPSA First Gen Forward Initiative.

Listed by digital leadership expert Dr. Josie Alhquist as one of the 40 Digital Leaders to Follow, Dr. Wade has been named a Higher Ed Digital Leader and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Digital Task Force, a national collective of social media and digital thought leaders in higher education. He was also a member of 2017 Aspiring Vice President for Student Affairs Cohort and was recognized by the HBCU Campaign Fund as a 2021 Emerging Higher Ed Professional. He remains eager and ready for partnerships with those who are committed to meeting students where they are, so collaborators can get them where they need to be.

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About Grambling State University
Grambling State University is a comprehensive, historically-black, public institution that offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate program of study. Through its undergraduate major courses of study, which are undergirded by a traditional liberal arts program, and through its graduate school, which has a decidedly professional focus, the University embraces it founding principle og educational opportunity. With a commitment to the education of minorities in American society, the University seeks to reflect in all of its programs the diversity present in the world. The university advances the study and preservation of African American history, art and culture. For more information, visit www.gram.edu.

WILBERFORCE, OH – Wilberforce University, the oldest private historically black college and university located in Wilberforce, Ohio, has announced new appointments to their Board of Trustees. The 21st President Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., announced Thursday (January 12) via his Instagram.

“These appointments support a continued renewal of the Wilberforce commitment of excellence to its constituency that has been dubbed “The Wilberforce Renaissance”, I am proud to be a part of this exciting new era.” said Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Meet the appointees:

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This outstanding cadre of professionals demonstrates that indeed the renaissance at Wilberforce is underway. We are pleased and excited to have each of these extraordinary individuals, the multitude of experience they bring in the private and public sector, as well as their involvement in board governance at some of the nation’s premiere universities.” said Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr., 21st President of Wilberforce University.

These appointments come six months after Dr. Felton Jr., was named the new president of Wilberforce. Dr. Felton previously served as senior vice president, COO and vice president of institutional advancement at Livingstone College and well as holding employment at Murray State University. He has specialized in strategic planning, fundraising, and administration while overseeing day-to-day operations for the college.

HCF joins Mr. Wilson, Dr. Felton Jr., and the Wilberforce University community in welcoming these five superior individuals to WU’s Board of Trustees and we are excited and look forward to seeing great progress in the new era of ‘The Wilberforce Renaissance.”

For more information about Wilberforce University, visit www.wilberforce.edu.