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Wilma Mishoe takes formal oath of office as DSU president

Dec 8, 2018

Dr. Wilma Mishoe was officially installed as Delaware State University president at an investiture ceremony Saturday.


The DSU Board of Trustees selected Mishoe for the position in June. After months in the office, Mishoe formally took her place as DSU’s 11th president and the first woman to serve as the historically black university’s chief executive in its 127-year history.

At Saturday’s ceremony Mishoe was presented her presidential robes and sworn into office by Gov. John Carney.

Mishoe spoke of the importance of prioritizing students with a mission of accessibility.

“I firmly believe that every individual deserves to be educated to the fullest of his or her intellectual potential to achieve,” said Mishoe.

She also referenced DSU’s role in the community as a collaborative institution.

“It is my vision that Delaware State University becomes a central partner in the growth, development and life of our entire local, state, national and global society,” she said.

Mishoe is following in the footsteps of her late father, Luna Mishoe, who served as DSU president from 1960 to 1987.

Wilma Mishoe previously served for thirty years as an administrative leader at Delaware Tech and was most recently part of a presidential transition team at Wilberforce University in Ohio before joining the DSU board of trustees in 2017.

University officials say she’s already at work as a leader, pointing to her securing a partnership with Apple earlier this year to equip the entire 2018 Freshman class with iPad Pros.