Cheyney University President Announces Retirement

Updated: 7/3/2014 11:56 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

For further information contact: Gwen Owens, Public Relations Director

Gwen Owens, gowens@cheyney.edu   610-399-2121

July 3, 2014

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital announced today that she will retire on July 31, 2014, exactly seven years after she took over the reins as the 11th president of the nation’s first institution of higher learning for African Americans.

Under Dr. Vital’s visionary leadership since July 2007, Cheyney University opened its first state-of-the-art residence hall in more than 30 years, and restored the oldest building on campus, Humphreys Hall, to a beautiful residence hall for honors students.

“With graduation over, the new science center about to open to provide STEM opportunities for scores of students in the years to come, and having just led the university through a successful Middle States Self-Study visit in April, now seemed to be the perfect time for me to step down and get back to my home and relatives in North Carolina,” Dr. Vital shared.

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