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Updated: Delaware State University President Announces Retirement

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware State University's president plans to step down from her position at the end of 2019.

On Wednesday, Aug. 4, the day before her 70th birthday, Wilma Mishoe announced in a YouTube video that she will be retiring.

Mishoe has led DSU since 2017, first serving as interim president before being permanently installed as president in June 2018. She is the first woman to serve as president of the school.

"While it has been an absolute honor and privilege for me to serve this great institution, I also know that it is equally a blessing just to be able to retire," Mishoe said in the video. "My heart will always reside on this campus, and my hands will be here whenever needed."

In a letter to the university community, Mishoe wrote, "I am far from done. When I retire from the presidency of this great university on Dec. 31, 2019, I know I will go to new adventures, confident that I have left our great, shared enterprise in good hands."

Mishoe's father, Luna Mishoe, also served as president of DSU from 1960 to 1987, back when the school was named Delaware State College. 

Tony Allen, DSU's provost and executive vice president, said he has been humbled by his
time serving under Mishoe.

“None of the university’s achievements over the past two years would have been possible without the graceful, powerful leadership of this president," Mishoe said. "She served the university at a time of dynamic transition, bringing stability, renewed confidence, and a fiery, big vision to an institution that has long deserved to take its proper place in higher education in Delaware and around the world. She carries a legendary last name, but
she is her own powerhouse and will forever be the grand dame of Delaware
State University.”

Mishoe's retirement as DSU's 11th president will take effect Dec. 31. She will be succeeded by Allen. 


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