Wiley President prepares to step down

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From the beginning, Haywood Strickland did not mean to lead Wiley College into the 21st century.

“I did not start out, as many presidents start out, hoping to be a president of a college,” Strickland said. “This was not my dream. It was not my vision. Mine was only to make a contribution in whatever I did. To use my talents to the very best of my abilities.”

He has been at the helm since 2000, marking accomplishments such as increasing enrollment from 500 to 1,300 students in his 17-year tenure. But now, it comes to an end.

“The time is now, and I feel it’s now,” Strickland said after putting in his retirement papers in mid-July. “To stay longer, is to impede the progress of the institution fully into the 21st century.”

Strickland will be stepping down in June 2018. The next president has yet to be named.

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