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Wilberforce University Board of Trustees

At Wilberforce University, we are proud of and thankful for the important roles that the members of our Board of Trustees play, not only here at Wilberforce, but also in their professional, cultural, spiritual, and community pursuits.

Chancellor 2022
Bishop Anne Henning Byfield
Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
Elected 2022


Mr. Nate Jenkins, Class of 1981
Leadership Consultant – Retired Corporate Executive
Elected September 2020


Wilberforce University President
Dr. Vann R. Newkirk
23rd President
Elected June 2023


Mr. Joe Turner
Vice Chairman
Executive VP President
Universal Electronics Inc.
Elected May 2014


Mr. Paxton Baker
Managing Partner Liquid Soul Media LLC
Elected May 2018


Rev. Jermaine Covington
Pastor, Quinn Chapel AME Church
Elected January 2019


Mr. Marcus Henderson
CFO, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
Elected September 2021


Colonel William R. Lee
[Ret.] Colonel, U.S. Army
Elected August 2015
*Trustee Emerita


Dr. Richard Allen Lewis
Treasurer, International African Methodist Episcopal Church
Elected May 2013

Attorney Rev. Paul P. Martin
Pastor, Mount Carmel African Methodist Episcopal Church and
Principal, Law Office of Paul P. Martin
Elected November 2014


Mr. Tom Maultsby
President and CEO
United Way of the Greater Dayton Area-Retired
Elected May 2022


Dr. Nelson Rivers III
Vice President, Religious Affairs and External Relations
National Action Network Pastor
Charity Missionary Baptist Church, Charleston, SC
Elected August 2015
*Trustee Emerita


Attorney Angela T. Rye
Principal and CEO
IMPACT Strategies
Elected December 2016


Mr. James Stafford, Class of 1973
Wilberforce University National Alumni Association
Elected February 2022


Mr. John Tolbert
Director of Community
Primary One Health Center & Professor of Health Care
Franklin University (OH)
Elected May 2014 Ex-Officio


Ms. Adrienne Trimble
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Elected November 2014


Mr. Alexander Murphy
Elected Student (SGA President) Representative
May 2022

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