Wiley Leader named President of UMC Association serving schools, colleges

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August 6, 2014

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Dr. Haywood L. Strickland named President of National Association of Schools and Colleges of United Methodist Church

Wiley’s leader humbled by opportunity  to serve Church in this role

(Marshall, Texas)  Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO of Wiley College, has been named President of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC). The appointment was made during the  association’s Summer 2014 Annual Meeting. Dr. Strickland  will serve a one-year term as president of NASCUMC.  He formerly served as First Vice President for the association.


The National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church is a voluntary association of schools, colleges, and universities committed to the historic and distinctive values of United Methodist-related education. The mission of NASCUMC incudes advancing  the work of education and scholarship in member institutions, working cooperatively with conferences, boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church to address issues of mutual concern to the Church and the Academy and working in partnership with the Church to educate students for leadership and service to the global community.

“I am humbled by the association’s trust in me to lead our efforts to help ensure the viability and relevancy of our schools as we educate the whole student and prepare them  for lives as  Christian Leaders who will change our world for the better,” said Dr. Strickland.

Dr. Strickland’s leadership

Dr. Strickland has served as President of Wiley College since 2000. Under his administration, the College had its accreditation re-affirmed to the year 2023 with no recommendations. Wiley’s 16th president also led the College to earn specialized accreditation of its business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools Programs (ACBSP). He has spearheaded more than 300 facilities improvement projects, including the construction of the $2.4 million Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel and the $14 million state-of-the-art, 500-bed living learning center that was named in his honor and opened its doors in the fall of 2012.

Dr. Strickland was at the helm  in 2007 when Wiley College garnered rare, international visibility with the release of the movie, “The Great Debaters,” which captured the fame and notoriety of Dr. Melvin B. Tolson, a Wiley English Professor and debate coach who led his 1935 team to defeat the University of Southern California, the then reigning national debate champions. Under Dr. Strickland’s leadership the movie’s lead actor and director, Denzel Washington, made a $1 million gift to the College to revive its debate team. Now in its sixth year, the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society has made great strides and in 2014 became the first team from a historically black college to earn the Overall Sweepstakes National Championship at the Pi Kappa Delta Comprehensive Tournament. Wiley’s 1935 team was not allowed to compete in the 101-year-old Pi Kappa Delta Tournament.

Dr. Strickland is a servant-leader whose good works in the community are reflective of his local, regional, and national stature as an expert on church-related and general higher education issues. He serves as vice president of the Council of Presidents of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), board trustee at Lane College, executive committee member for the board of directors of the Council for Independent Colleges, and member, Texas United Methodist Colleges Association. He is a member of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Sigma Pi Phi Boule. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a distinguished alumnus of Stillman College, and the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees of Humane Letters.


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