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Delaware State’s first female president announces retirement

September 6, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The first woman to lead Delaware State University as president has announced her retirement after a little more than a year in the role.

News outlets report Wilma Mishoe announced Thursday she’ll retire at the end of December. Tony Allen, the current executive vice president and provost of the university, will take over as president.

Mishoe officially assumed her role in July 2018, having served as interim president since January 2018. She became the first woman to lead the state’s only historically black university.

Mishoe had previously left retirement to lead Delaware State. Allen says it was Mishoe’s expectation that she’d help “stabilize” the school then enter retirement again.

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