BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
After a national search and community input, the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents has appointed Bethune-Cookman University senior vice president for administration and student services as the new president of the Missouri institution.
Dr. Dwuan Warmark will be come president of the university effective July 14.
Harris Stowe State University is a historically Black university located in St. Louis with historical connections dating back to 1857 as a “Whites only” school.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Warmack to Harris-Stowe and believe his energy and vision will accelerate the university’s commitment to student success,” said Thelma V. Cook, chairwoman of the Harris-Stowe Board of Regents in a written statement. “His passion and long-range vision are just what the university needs at this time. We look forward to working with Dr. Warmack to build a strong future for Harris-Stowe.”
High hopes for Black males
Warmark said he’s excited about helping Harris-Stowe “move forward confidently and vigorously.’’
He noted, “I am eager to work with the Harris-Stowe and St. Louis communities to strengthen recruitment and graduation rates, enhance alumni and community engagement, and position the university as a significant asset in a growing, thriving region.
“I have a special interest in improving the educational attainment of African-American males, but I am also committed to Harris-Stowe being a beacon of opportunity for all students. ”
According to a press release, the search committee for the presidency was headed by St. Louis civic and business leader Michael Holmes, president of Rx Outreach and a former top executive at Express Scripts and Edward Jones. The committee included representatives from the faculty, staff, student body, alumni and community leaders.
“The Board of Regents and search committee were impressed with Dr. Warmack’s strong record of collaboration and his ability to work with various university constituencies,” said Cook. “We are confident he will build on the strong foundation at Harris-Stowe to create and achieve the excellence that our students and community deserve.”
In 2013, Harris Stowe was ranked No. 1 in the state in degree production of African-Americans in mathematics by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The university, has been in existence for more than 150 years.
From Detroit to Daytona
Originally from Detroit, Warmark has a doctor of education degree in educational leadership with specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.
He became the vice president for student affairs at Bethune-Cookman University in July 2010.
Warmark and his wife, LaKisha, have one daughter, Morgan.