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Cheyney University Gets New Interim President as Dr. Frank G. Pogue Reenters Retirement

May 31, 2017

Dr. Frank G. Pogue (left)  Aaron A. Walton (right)Dr. Frank G. Pogue is retiring again, effective today. The educational leader came out of retirement in November 2014 to accept the interim presidency at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the nation's oldest historically black university. The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education this morning appointed Aaron A. Walton to serve as interim president of Cheyney.

The former senior vice president of Highmark Inc. and longtime member of both the Board of Governors (BOG) and California University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees (COT) is coming out of retirement to assume Dr. Pogue's duties, effective today. He stepped down from both the BOG and COT prior to the Board's vote, approving him as interim president at Cheyney.

Dr. Pogue, former president and interim president at a number of universities including Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he is President Emeritus, and Grambling State University, plans to continue his consulting business in his retirement. He also will continue to work with AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) Millennium Leadership Initiative, a unique professional development program which prepares qualified women and minorities for presidential and other senior level executive positions.

Walton was one of nine principle officers responsible for providing overall management and direction of all of Highmark's corporate activities. During his 40-year tenure with the company, he held progressively higher key management roles in both corporate and subsidiary operations. Additionally, he has served on more than 35 community boards.

Mr. Walton was co-chair of the BOG-appointed Cheyney Task Force, which recently approved a “conceptual framework” for a new business model for Cheyney—including the creation of an “Institute for the Contemporary African-American Experience” within the university. Walton will reportedly now be responsible for leading efforts to develop the final version of that new model, as well as addressing the university’s challenges moving forward.  He is expected to serve as interim president at Cheyney until the successful conclusion of a national search for a permanent president. That search will most likely begin this summer.