Haywood L. Strickland

Haywood Strickland was elected the 16th president of Wiley College on September 12, 2000. As the President and CEO, he brings extensive higher education administration and fund-raising experience to Wiley College, where he hopes to create a new milieu and achieve excellence in the life of the College.

Indeed, since Strickland assumed leadership, Wiley College has witnessed positive changes in the management and operations of the institution. He hopes to achieve true excellence at Wiley College as envisioned by its founders through his hands-on approach, visionary leadership, proactive planning, and prudent fiscal practices. Strickland is systematically putting in place mechanisms that promote performance, accountability, and institutional effectiveness through sound management principles.

Most importantly, he is promoting teamwork with the philosophy of building trust through fair play. This simple, but very important management principle, is based on fostering team spirit and team effort that will permeate the college community. Once achieved, team spirit will solidify the Wiley College family and further cement the relationship between the College and the larger community. As a result, Wiley College will be positioned in its rightful place to compete or surpass its peers in imparting knowledge to the young adults of society through teaching, research, and public service in the academic arena.

By creating these favorable conditions, Wiley College will be able to provide a superior education to its students in a truly caring and nurturing environment that fosters the production of competitive, quality, and well-rounded graduates for the local economy in the state of Texas, the nation, and the world. Ultimately, Wiley College wishes to promote pride among all its stakeholders through its solid performance in academe and the global marketplace.