Trinidad-born Wayne A. I. Frederick was appointed president of Howard University in Washington D.C. in 2014, and his contract was later extended until June 30, 2024 – a five-year extension of his original agreement.
In 1989, at just 16, Frederick left his Diego Martin home to study zoology at Howard.
In 1994, he graduated from the Howard University College of Medicine. Later, he received a third degree–an MBA–from HU as well.
Frederick then served as the associate director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center and the director of surgical ontology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and returned to Howard in 2006.
Since then, he has served as a professor, associate dean in the College of Medicine, division chief in the Department of Surgery at Howard University Hospital, director of the Cancer Center and deputy provost for health sciences. Prior to being named president, Frederick served as provost and chief academic officer.
A scholar, surgeon, researcher and administrator, Frederick has authored numerous research publications and editorials, as well as served as a member of a number of professional and scientific societies.
He has also been a member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and served as president of the board of the Texas Gulf Sickle Cell Association from 2002 to 2003.
Frederick’s work has won multiple awards and honours, including recognition from the U.S. Congress for his contributions in addressing health disparities among African Americans and historically underrepresented groups in 2014.
He was named by the Washington Postas a “Super Doctor” in 2011, was in Ebony Magazine’s 2010 ‘Power 100’ list, and was on Black Enterprise Magazine’s list of America’s Best Physicians.
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