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Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau Named 16th President of Howard University
Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau

Washington, D.C., (May 7, 2008)—Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., has been named President of Howard University, one of 48 private doctoral/research intensive universities in the United States, the University’s Board of Trustees announced today. He was the unanimous choice of the University’s Trustees. Dr. Ribeau becomes the 16th president of the nation’s premier historically black institution of higher learning.

Dr. Ribeau has been President of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, for 13 years. At the University he initiated a number of successful, innovative, values-based initiatives that provide students with an academic environment that develops culturally literate, technologically sophisticated, productive citizens.

During his tenure Dr. Ribeau upgraded Bowling Green’s communications and computing technology and encouraged collaboration with other institutions to increase operational and cost efficiencies. Under Dr. Ribeau's leadership, Bowling Green State University was recognized for its residential learning communities, values-based education and innovative graduate programs. Bowling Green offers programs in more than 270 academic and professional fields and maintains an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students.

Dr. Ribeau will assume leadership as Howard University’s 16th President on August 1, 2008.

“I am excited by the opportunity to serve this historic institution,” said Dr. Ribeau. “Howard is a remarkable university, a truly international university and one that has made significant contributions not only in this country but around the world, training principally African Americans for global leadership roles in America and the world.”

“The Search Committee was very impressed with Dr. Ribeau’s credentials and his reputation as a facilitator of change and collegial leader. He is a charismatic executive who works effectively inside and outside the institution he heads,” said Gen. Colin L. Powell, US Army (Ret.), who with Richard D. Parsons, Chairman of the Board of Time Warner, Inc., co-chaired the Howard University Search Committee.

“Dr. Ribeau brings to Howard a complete academic resume having served as professor, dean and vice president,” Mr. Parsons noted. “He has built a well-rounded and impressive resume as a scholar and academic leader in higher education and has a solid record as an effective fundraiser”.

“We are delighted to announce Dr. Ribeau’s appointment,” said A. Barry Rand, Chair of Howard’s Board of Trustees. “He brings to Howard a history of extraordinary achievement. During his tenure at Bowling Green he demonstrated his ability not only to grow an institution but to foster and sustain academic excellence.

We believe Dr. Ribeau’s personal attributes and demonstrated leadership in higher education are the right combination to lead Howard into the future and build upon the contributions of the current and past presidents.”

Dr. Ribeau’s appointment came after an eight-month, nationwide search to replace the University’s current President, H. Patrick Swygert, who last Spring announced his plans to retire in June 2008 after 13 years of service to the University. The presidential search was conducted by Heidrick & Struggles, Inc, an international executive search firm.

In addition to his responsibilities at Bowling Green University, Dr. Ribeau serves as a Trustee for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and on the President's Council for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In the State of Ohio, he has served as Chair of the Inter-University Council of Presidents. He is also actively involved throughout the community working with the Bowling Green Area Community Partnership, Regional Growth Partnership, Toledo Symphony, Convergys Corporation, Anderson’s Inc., and Worthington Industries.

For more information, see Dr. Ribeau’s attached biography.


Founded in 1867 in Washington, D.C., Howard University is comprised of 12 schools and colleges with 10,500 students; Howard offers 120 areas of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and operates Howard University Hospital, a Level One Trauma Center.

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