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Harris-Stowe University names new president

Harris-Stowe State University

Harris-Stowe State University has named Dwaun J. Warmack, a vice president of a Florida university, as its next president.

Warmack has been a vice president at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., since 2010. He was named to that post at the age of 33, making him the youngest vice president in the school’s history. Last year, he was promoted to senior vice president for administration and student services.

Bethune-Cookman, like Harris-Stowe, is among the nation’s more than 100 historically black colleges and universities.

Warmack, who was not available for comment Tuesday, will be formally introduced to the Harris-Stowe community Thursday. He begins July 14.

Warmack was selected from among more than 70 candidates during a seven-month search and quickly became a top contender, said Michael Holmes, president of Rx Outreach and head of the search committee.

The committee was impressed by Warmack’s ability to build enrollment and academic standards — “exactly the things we want for the future leader of Harris-Stowe,” Holmes said.

Warmack also has held positions at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Warmack holds a doctor of education degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

In August, former Harris-Stowe President Albert Walker announced he was stepping down after two years in the post. Since then, the university has been led by Interim President Constance Gulley.

Before the recent turnover, Henry Givens had served as president for 32 years.

Among the candidates for the position this time around was former Ferguson-Florissant School District Superintendent Art McCoy.

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