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Momentum Gaining At Nation's Oldest HBCU

Momentum Gaining At Nation's Oldest HBCU


Wilberforce University Looks to the Future, Announces Prominent Entrepreneur and Denny's CEO as New Board Leadership

WILBERFORCE, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wilberforce University, the country's oldest historically black private university, today announced new leadership for its Board of Trustees.  Mark Wilson, CEO of eVerifile, will now lead the Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Board, while John Miller, CEO and president of Denny's Corporation, becomes vice chairman of the Board.  The nomination and appointment of Wilson and Miller followed a rigorous review of standards, considerations and competencies in categories including, but not limited to, finance and budgeting, legal matters, fundraising and philanthropy. 

"We are thrilled with the announcement of new leadership for our Board of Trustees and have great confidence in these two highly qualified men as we push forward with our 'Force of Change' strategy," says Interim President Dr. Wilma Mishoe. "Both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Miller have proven leadership experience in their respective industries leading two very successful companies, and we know that their knowledge and senior leadership will sustain and advance Wilberforce University's mission, traditions, values and reputation."  

Wilson currently leads eVerifile, a leader in workforce and contractor screening solutions, and is a successful entrepreneur who has previously guided startups focused on providing business solutions to enterprise clients.  Wilson and his companies have received numerous national awards including the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.

"As a Wilberforce alumnus, I look forward to supporting my alma mater and ushering this great University into a new, progressive and prosperous era," states Wilson.  "I am enthusiastic for the opportunity to serve as a public advocate and ambassador for this University that prepared me for success as a entrepreneur and a life dedicated to the service of others.

Miller is currently responsible for leading the strategic direction of Denny's Corporation (NASDAQ; DENN), the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains.  He is an accomplished restaurant industry veteran, with more than 30 years of restaurant operations and management experience.

"The success of Wilberforce University is extremely important, not just as the nation's oldest HBCU, but as a storied University known for academic achievement and producing a cadre of distinguished alumni," says Miller.  "On behalf of our board and leadership, we look forward to supporting the mission of this distinguished University".

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