Claflin’s new president, 42-year-old Dwaun Warmack, is the former president of Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Warmack spent two decades working in student affairs at HBCUs across the South, including his alma mater, Delta State University in Mississippi.
In Warmack’s five years at Harris-Stowe State, freshman enrollment doubled and majors were added in business, science and technology.
He was dubbed one of the “Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018” by the HBCU Campaign Fund, which raises money for scholarships and academic programs at the country’s 101 black colleges.
Claflin board Chairman Jim Lehman said Warmack reminded campus leaders of a young Tisdale.
“I think the community will realize there are a lot of similarities between these two men,” Lehman said.
Warmack starts at Claflin on Aug. 1.