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Release Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:24 PM
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Stacey Mobley Elected Chairman of the Howard University Board of Trustees

Board elects two vice chairs at April annual meeting

Washington (May 20, 2014) – The Howard University Board of Trustees elected alumnus Stacey J. Mobley, Esq., as chairman, effective July 1, during its April meeting. He succeeds Addison Barry Rand.

“Howard is one of the most important institutions in American higher education,” Rand said. “I have had the privilege of serving alongside a dedicated, talented and spirited group of men and women who work tirelessly to advance the University. We made significant progress and laid the foundation for future growth. I am excited and confident about this newly elected board leadership team and the enhanced board governance structure.”

“It is an honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve as chair of the  board of trustees of my alma mater,” Mobley said. “The board’s charge is a sacred trust as we position Howard for the next 150 years.”

Robert L. Lumpkins, chair of the finance committee, and Howard University alumna Benaree Pratt Wiley, chair of the academic excellence and transition committees, were elected vice chairs of the board. They succeed Renee Higginbotham-Brooks, Esq. The board elects leadership annually. During the meeting, the board commended and thanked Rand and Higginbotham-Brooks for their service.

Stacey Mobley Mobley is senior counsel, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, having retired as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of DuPont, the global science-based products and services company, in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the 2003 corporate campaign chairman for the NAACP, and was named one of America's top black lawyers by Black Enterprise. He is active in charitable and philanthropic organizations in the Delaware Valley and Washington, D.C.  A member of the Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court bars, Mobley earned both his pharmacy and law degrees from Howard University. Among many honors he has received are the HU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award and the LexisNexis Corporate Legal Times Distinguished Legal Service Award. He has been cited as one of the nation's 100 most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal, and received the American Civil Liberties Union (Delaware) Gerald Kandler Award for outstanding leadership in the cause of civil liberties. Other honors include: the Association of Corporate Counsel Award for “Excellence in Corporate Practice;” the Lawdragon's list of 500 leading lawyers; an Appleseed Award for commitment to promoting pro bono and diversity in the workplace; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer and from the Delaware Barristers Association. He is a director of the International Paper company and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited.

Robert L. Lumpkins Robert L. Lumpkins is chairman of the board of The Mosaic Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a retired vice chairman of Cargill Incorporated. He began his career with Cargill in 1968, and served in a succession of line and financial management positions until his retirement in 2006. He was Cargill’s chief financial officer from 1989 to 2005, was elected to the Cargill board of directors in 1991, and elected vice chairman in 1995. He is a director of Ecolab, senior advisor to credit hedge fund Varde Partners, and a member of the advisory board of private equity investor Metalmark Capital. His service on non-profit boards has included the Stanford Business School Advisory Council, the Notre Dame Science Advisory Council and TechnoServe Inc. He was also  recently elected a trustee of Educational Testing Service. He received a B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Benaree Pratt Wiley Benaree Pratt Wiley is principal of The Wiley Group, a firm specializing in strategy, talent management and leadership development. For 15 years, she served as the president and chief executive officer of The Partnership, Inc., a talent management organization for multicultural professionals in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, region. Under her leadership, The Partnership, Inc., strengthened the capacity of greater Boston to attract, retain and develop talented professionals of color and helped more than 1,300 African Americans integrate into the corporate community. This tenure is chronicled in a Harvard Business School case study on transformational non-profit leadership—“Bennie Wiley and The Partnership, Inc.” She is a director on the boards of Dreyfus Mutual Funds, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and CBIZ (NYSE). She has served as chair of PepsiCo’s African-American Advisory Board and formerly served on the board of First Albany (NASDAQ). A graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians; the Harvard Business School Distinguished Alumni Award from the African American Student Association; and honorary doctorates from New England School of Law, Newbury College and Boston College where she served as a trustee for 12 years.  She was featured on the cover of Boston magazine as one of Boston’s most powerful women.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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