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Cheyney University requesting interim president Aaron A. Walton given official post

November 10, 2017 GMT

The Cheyney University Board of Trustees would like interim president Aaron A. Walton to become the next president of the historically Black College located outside of Philadelphia.

The schools’ Board of Trustees voted on the matter Thursday and the request will now be sent to the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors.

“Since the day he arrived on campus, interim President Walton has demonstrated both his outstanding leadership abilities and the courage to make the difficult but necessary decisions to help secure Cheyney University’s future,” said Council Chair Robert Bogle in a statement. “He has made the decisions that have had to be made as we seek to secure a positive decision from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education regarding our accreditation.”

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Bogle said Walton is a the leader Cheyney needs now and in the future. Walton was named interim president at the end of May. He replaced former interim President Frank G. Pogue who had served the college since 2014.

It became clear that permanent leadership was needed prior to Middle States’ vote on Nov. 16. In accordance with the Board of Governors policy, Cheyney’s Council of Trustees began a formal search for the university’s next president. The process usually takes about six to 12 months or longer to complete.

“I will do everything within my power to demonstrate to Middle States that Cheyney University deserves a future,” said Walton in a statement. “Our students deserve the opportunity to attend Cheyney University, to receive a high quality education here, and to earn a degree that will help ensure their successful future.”

Walton added, “The task still ahead of us remains daunting. Cheyney has a long tradition of serving students and the Commonwealth. I know it still has a bright future. I look forward to continuing to be a part of that future.”

Finding permanent leadership for the college is one of the requirements that Middle States demanded be addressed in a report submitted by the college to the entity in September in order to show just cause as to why it should keep its accreditation.

Walton served on the Board of Governors until earlier this year. He was appointed by former Gov. Ed Rendell in 2005, and reappointed four years later. He was selected to a third term by then-Gov. Tom Corbett in 2013.