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October 1, 2013

Dear Howard University Community:

President Sidney A. Ribeau has notified the Board of Trustees of his decision to retire and he will officially leave his position at the end of this year. We would like to express our gratitude for his steadfast leadership of the Capstone over the last five years.

President Ribeau led an ambitious renewal strategy including an extensive curriculum review and broke ground on two new living and learning residence halls and a state-of-the art interdisciplinary research building. In addition, President Ribeau's leadership resulted in unparalleled collaboration with the Faculty Senate resulting in a comprehensive review of the University's academic offerings.

During his tenure, Howard has remained academically, financially and operationally strong and one of the most respected institutions in higher education.

The Board of Trustees has appointed alumnus Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, as interim president. Dr. Frederick, a scholar, surgeon, researcher and respected administrator, previously served as the University's provost and chief academic officer. He had oversight of Howard's 13 schools and colleges as well as the health sciences enterprise. Kurt Schmoke, general counsel and former dean of the Howard University School of Law, and Artis Hampshire-Cowan, senior vice president and secretary, will complete the senior executive team.

A special committee of the Board will oversee the transition and a national search for a permanent successor.


A. Barry Rand
Board Chair

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