Marshall Community Welcomes New Wiley President

Wiley President
Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr.

A community reception was held at the Michelson Museum of Art in Marshall, TX on July 19 to welcome the new leader of Wiley College.

Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. was named as 17th President and Chief Executive Officer on December 11, 2017 and started his position July 1 of this year.

Felton has served as the president of Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private HBCU and UNCF-member institution, since July 2016. During his 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 Dr. Felton’s engagement efforts, alumni support grew significantly, with $458,000 in gifts being garnered at the 2017 Wilberforce University National Alumni Association Conference. Dr. Felton also secured $350,000 to create the 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.”

Prior to his appointment to Wilberforce University, Felton served as senior vice Community Welcomes New Wiley President president of institutional advancement for Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He 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. Dr. Felton earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UNCF-member institution Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, and earned his J.D. from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

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