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Wilberforce University, the nation’s first, private HBCU, is adding faculty member Kimberly Hardy Porter to its adult academic degree ranks.

Dr. Kimberly Hardy-Porter is the new director of the CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) Program at Wilberforce University, located in Wilberforce (Greene County), Ohio.  

The Wilberforce alum earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass media/communications and advanced degrees in education from Northcentral University.

Delivering extensive experience in both communications and education, Dr. Porter made the career change from communications and public relations to education, teaching as a licensed English/Language Arts teacher for grades 4-12 and as an ESL teacher at Columbus State Community College. 

 Her main goal, she says, is to make the CLIMB program the premier, accelerated degree plan of action for adult learners. “I am honored to return home to ‘The Force’ to serve my alma mater,” said Dr. Porter. “I am excited about this opportunity, the future of CLIMB, and the future of Wilberforce!”  

A CLIMB applicant must be an older working adult with a minimum of 45 semester hours with a maximum of 72 semester hours of transferable credit with a 2.0 GPA or better from an accredited college or university.

To apply: 844-849-2405, or

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