Health Issues Force Wiley College President to Take a Leave of Absence

Herman Felton Jr., president of Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, announced that he is scaling back his duties on campus due to ongoing health issues.

In a statement to the campus community, Dr. Felton said that for the “next four weeks I will be pulling back from many of my day-to-day responsibilities on campus to allow me to focus on my health. I have been battling an undiagnosed blood infection while simultaneously managing the affairs of the college. Now that my medical team has the diagnosis and care plan, I intend to spend the next four weeks focused exclusively on my health with the support of my family.”

Dr. Felton said his medical team expects he will make a full recovery and he will assume his duties. “My care team expects a full recovery and have developed a disciplined plan that includes rest, nutrition and rebuilding my strength, which I intend to follow with diligence,” he said.

Dr. Felton became the seventeenth president of Wiley College in 2018. From 2016 to 2018, he was president of Wilberforce University in Ohio. Earlier, Dr. Felton served as senior vice president, chief operating officer, and vice president for institutional advancement at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He is the former director of development at Murray State University in Kentucky.

Dr. Felton is a graduate of what is now Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a law degree at the University of Florida.

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