Fred T. Long Student Union on Wiley College’s campus. Photo courtesy of HCF’s Media Team.

MARSHALL, TX – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has notified Wiley College of its probation sanctions being removed.

Wiley College launched and achieved a strategic set of actions that led to increased fundraising and effective finance practices. As a result, SACSCOC found that Wiley College has met the criteria for accreditation and has significantly strengthened the college’s fiscal health.

By demonstrating its fiscal responsibility and stewardship, the college learned that there would be no monitoring or follow-up from the accrediting body until it applies for its recertification in 2023.

“Wiley College stand firmly on its 148+ year foundation and continues to demonstrate excellence despite this previous obstacle. The removal of probation sanctions signal that we are a community of educators who believe that Wiley College is significant to the higher education landscape and worked hard to secure our future. I am extremely proud of the Wiley College family, who has steadfast in their actions and communication. The campus community came together to secure Wiley’s future through their actions, despite being in a global pandemic,” said President Herman J. Felton, Jr., J.D., Ph.D.

Today, Wiley College continuously strives to achieve its bold and audacious vision through its mission as a premier liberal arts institution, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, with an intentional focus on social good and leadership.

About Wiley College
Wiley College, founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas, is a historically black, primarily liberal arts, residential, co-educational, baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Committed to the principle of educational access, the College serves traditional and non-traditional students from diverse background who have expressed a desire and potential for learning in a Christian environment. For more information, visit


From left are Maliq Wright, Rahmane Dixon, Dimitri Brooks, Emmanuela Wade, Jaylen Bolden, and Louis Mendez, kneeling.

MARSHALL, TX – “The Great Debaters” of Wiley College rounded out their opening month of competition by again earning second place overall prizes at two tournaments, at Rice University September 28-30. The team earned second place overall at the annual Rice University Classic Swing, as well as a tournament hosted by Rice University Alumni.

Other schools that competed at the tournament included University of Texas-Austin, Lone Star College-North Harris, University of Texas – El Paso, University of Louisiana – Lafayette, University of the Pacific, Rice University, and Tyler Community College.

Earlier in September, the Wiley College debate team kicked off its 2018-2019 season by earning top prizes, including second place overall, at the prestigious Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin Tournament, a by invitation only Lincoln-Douglas debate competition that is held annually at Western Kentucky University.

The result of each student at the Rice University Tournaments are as follows:

Rahmane Dixon, a sophomore from Houston, place 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking, 5th in Impromptu Speaking, and 1st in Persuasion at the Rice tournament, as well as taking 1st in Persuasion at the Alumni Tournament.

Louis Mendez, a junior from Houston, placed 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation and 5th in Informative at the Rice tournament, as well as taking 5th in Informative and 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation at the Alumni Tournament.

Jaylon Bolden, a junior from Houston, placed 1st in Program Oral Interpretation and 6th in Prose at the Rice tournament; as well as taking 4th in Prose and 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation at the Alumni tournament.

Dimitri Brooks, a junior from Houston, place 3rd in Persuasion and 2nd in Prose at the Rice tournament; as well as taking 2nd in Prose and 4th in Persuasion at the Alumni tournament.

Maliq Wright, a senior from Houston, placed 3rd in Informative at the Rice tournament, as well as taking 6th in Informative at the Alumni tournament.

Emmanuela Wade, a junior from Atlanta, GA, placed 3rd in Prose and 4th in Dramatic Interpretation at the Rice tournament; as well as taking 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation 1st in Poetry at the Alumni tournament.


Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr.

WILBERFORCE, OH – The Wilberforce University Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to appoint current Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard as the 22nd President of Wilberforce University to succeed Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. This announcement comes after President Felton announced his decision to leave amid of his appointment as the 17th President and CEO of Wiley College. Felton has only served as president of Wilberforce for just over a year-and-a-half.

According to, Atty. Walter L. Sutton Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wiley College, announced Dr. Felton appointment, who will succeed Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, who will retire as of June 2018.

Having served at Wiley College since 2000, Dr. Strickland is the institution’s second longest-serving President and CEO. He has served in the higher education community for 45 years.

“After conducting a thoughtful search with the assistance of AGB Search, Dr. Felton emerged as the successor to Dr. Haywood L. Strickland. We are confident that the process has produced a president-elect who is driven by mission, committed to building on the ‘student-centered’ culture shaped by the 16th President and a chief executive who will guide Wiley College successfully into the future.” said Sutton.

Prior to Felton appointment to Wilberforce University, he served as senior vice president, chief operating officer and vice president of institutional advancement for Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Felton also was the director of development while serving as a lecturer in the Government, Law, and International Affairs Department at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

He is the co-founder of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation, an organization ensuring that a pipeline of transformational, highly skilled and principled leaders are identified and cultivated to meet the needs, challenges, and opportunities facing the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also served in the United State Marine Corps for eight years.

Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard

Felton earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Edwards Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, and received his J.D. from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

During Felton’s tenure, he successfully secured $3.8 million in programmatic grants to strengthen the institution’s master’s degree program; increased career placement through advisement, and created an intramural complex with a $50,000 grant secured from the Home Depot Retool Your School Campus Improvement Program.

As a result of Felton’s engagement efforts, alumni support grew significantly, with $458,000 in gifts being garnered at the 2017 Wilberforce University National Alumni Association Conference. He also secured $350,000 to create the new Dr. Mark and Shelly Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Good and Transformational Leadership.

“It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the rich legacy of Wiley College,” said Felton. “I look forward to working with Wiley trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters to prepare the next generation of servant-leaders.”

As for Wilberforce University, Dr. Pinkard will begin his tenure on March 1, 2018. Dr. Pinkard is a native of Miami, Florida, who holds a Doctorate from Harvard University, a Masters from Howard University, and a BA from Morehouse College. Over his more than 40-year career, Dr. Pinkard has served as the Founding Executive of the UNCF Institute of Capacity Building; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Johnson C. Smith University; Associate Provost at Dillard University; Chief Planning Officer at Spelman College; Chair, Division of Social Sciences at Florida Memorial University. In addition, Dr. Pinkard had held faculty and administrative positions at Miami Dade College, Colgate University, the College of Wooster, and California State University-Long Beach.

“We are excited that Dr. Pinkard will lead us into the next phase of the legacy of Wilberforce University. He is a seasoned administrator who is uniquely qualified for the position as he has worked closely with Dr. Felton in developing the path forward for the University. The incredible and exciting momentum occasioned by the Wilberforce Renaissance will continue unabated.” stated Mark Wilson, Chairman of The Board of Trustees.

Felton will work closely with, Dr. Pinkard to facilitate and support a smooth and seamless transition of presidential leadership.