Trinidad & Tobago’s Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick Announced as Howard University’s New President
New Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick said he accepts the mantle of leadership and embraces the sacred trust of the University’s motto, Truth, and Service. Dr. Frederick was recently appointed President of Howard University in Washington D.C, by the university’s Board of Trustees. As a 16-year-old from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Frederick enrolled at Howard University to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. He earned a dual BS/MD degree program at age 22 and went on to enter a surgical residency at Howard University Hospital.
He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard’s School of Business. Vernon E. Jordan, chair of the Presidential Search Committee remarked that “selecting a university president is one of the most critical decisions a Board of Trustees is entrusted to make, and Dr. Frederick’s selection is the result of an extraordinarily thorough and thoughtful process.
After conducting an exhaustive national search, we identified a finalist pool, comprised of both internal and external candidates. From this stellar group, Dr. Frederick stood out as supremely qualified, remarkably motivated, and uniquely suited to lead Howard University.” Dr. Frederick served as the University’s interim president since October 2013. A respected scholar, surgeon, researcher, and administrator, he previously served as Howard’s Provost and Chief Academic officer, charged with oversight of Howard’s 13 schools and colleges, as well as its health sciences enterprise. In addition to his work as an administrator, faculty member, and surgeon, Dr. Frederick has conducted research bridging health disparities with a particular emphasis on cancer outcomes among African Americans and other underrepresented groups.
He has received numerous awards, including being named a “Super Doctor” by The Washington Post and listed on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 in 2010. He was named one of America’s Best Physicians by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2000, the government of Trinidad and Tobago recognized him for outstanding achievement in medicine. The Institute of Caribbean Studies honored Frederick with the Vanguard Award in 2010; he recently received the NIHERST Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.
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