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Wilberforce University faculty members began preparing for the first day of classes Monday, August 2nd by attending a seminar during which they were updated on the university’s mission, more specifically the new strategic plan and its seven pillars. These seven statements establish and explain the framework of the university’s policies.

Provost Dr. Johnny Jones and Dr. Kimberly Hardy Porter, a special assistant to Dr. Jones, conducted the two day Wilberforce Faculty Institute, which was held on campus. Faculty members were given the option of attending in person or virtually.

Bill Ford is one of the faculty members who attended. The adjunct professor’s responsibilities include teaching rehabilitation services and freshman studies. He says strengthening support for students is key to understanding their needs which, he feels, will help stabilize retention.

“I really want to see what the vision and strategic outcomes are going to be.  I want us to continue the advancement of tech skills for faculty so that we can provide academic success for our students to create a better way to monitor their progress and their achievements.” -Bill Ford, fourth year as a faculty member

President Pinkard reminded faculty members of the university’s history and he shared how creating change leads to innovative ways to teach and how that can move the university forward.


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