Dr. Wilma Mishoe
Dr. Wilma Mishoe is currently the 11th president in the history of Delaware State University, and the first female to hold that position. She was selected by the University’s Board of Trustees for the permanent post on June 15, 2018 after she served the first six months of that year as the interim president following the resignation of Dr. Harry L. Williams at the end of 2017, who served the previous eight years as the institution’s 10th president.
Prior to assuming the interim leadership post, Dr. Mishoe was elected as the chairwoman of the DSU Board of Trustees in July 2017. She originally became a board member in June 2015 after her appointment by then-Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.
Her service at DSU as a president and board member returns Dr. Mishoe to the campus where she grew up as a teen. She is the daughter of Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, who was the president of then-Delaware State College from 1960-1987, and his wife, First Lady Hattie B. Mishoe
Her appointments at DSU is a continuation of her impressive career in higher education, which most recently included providing critical leadership to Wilberforce University (WU) in Ohio, one of the oldest historically black universities in the country.
Dr. Mishoe was drawn out of retirement to serve on a Presidential Transition Team in October 2013 at Wilberforce, where she was a member of its Board of Trustees since 2003. That board later appointed Dr. Mishoe as acting president at Wilberforce, an interim leadership post she held until October 2014 when the institution hired Dr. Algeania Marie Warren Freeman as its new permanent president. Dr. Mishoe continued as a special assistant to Dr. Freeman to aid in the transition.
At Wilberforce, Dr. Mishoe is credited with providing much-needed stable leadership during a time of declining enrollment, a budget deficit, accreditation sanctions and overall low morale. Under her period as acting president and special assistant to the president, Wilberforce experienced significant improvements in all areas and recently hosted a site visit by its accrediting agency.
Dr. Mishoe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (1971) and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration, Guidance and Counseling (1972), both from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Adult/Vocational Education (1994) from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
She is the proud mother of two sons – Roy Sudler, Jr., who serves as a Dover City Councilman, and Travis Sudler, who is an instructional coordinator and academic advisor at the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College.
Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina.
Earning his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina, Sellers has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to service taking championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.
His impressive list accomplishment in addition to having served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans and has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC including multiple appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe. He now currently serves on AIPAC’s National Council.
He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN. He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers.