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Howard Board of Trustees elects alumnae as chairman

On June 12, 2014

The Howard University Board of Trustees elected alumnus Stacey J. Mobley, as chairman, effective July 1, during its April meeting. He succeeds Addison Barry Rand.

“It is an honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve as chair of the board of trustees of my alma mater,” said Mobley. “The board’s charge is a sacred trust as we position Howard for the next 150 years.”

Robert L. Lumpkins, chair of the finance committee, and Howard University alumna Benaree Pratt Wiley, chair of the academic excellence and transition committees, were elected vice chairs of the board. They succeed Renee Higginbotham-Brooks. The board elects leadership annually. During the meeting, the board commended and thanked Rand and Higginbotham-Brooks for their service.

“Howard is one of the most important institutions in American higher education,” said Rand. “I have had the privilege of serving alongside a dedicated, talented and spirited group of men and women who work tirelessly to advance the university. We made significant progress and laid the foundation for future growth. I am excited and confident about this newly elected board leadership team and the enhanced board governance structure.

Stacey J. MobleyMobley is senior counsel of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, having retired as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of DuPont, the global science-based products and services company, in Wilmington, DE. He was the 2003 corporate campaign chairman for the NAACP, and was named one of America’s top Black lawyers by Black Enterprise. A member of the Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court bars, Mobley earned both his pharmacy and law degrees from Howard University.

Robert L. LumpkinsLumpkins is chairman of the board of The Mosaic Company in Minneapolis, MN, and a retired vice chairman of Cargill Incorporated. He began his career with Cargill in 1968, and served in a succession of line and financial management positions until his retirement in 2006. He was Cargill’s chief financial officer from 1989 to 2005, was elected to the Cargill board of directors in 1991, and elected vice chairman in 1995. He received a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Benaree Pratt WileyPratt Wiley is principal of The Wiley Group, a firm specializing in strategy, talent management and leadership development. For 15 years, she served as the president and chief executive officer of The Partnership, Inc., a talent management organization for multicultural professionals in the greater Boston, MA, region. Under her leadership, The Partnership, Inc., strengthened the capacity of greater Boston to attract, retain and develop talented professionals of color and helped more than 1,300 African Americans integrate into the corporate community. She was featured on the cover of Boston magazine as one of Boston’s most powerful women.

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