9th President of Claflin University
St. Louis Business Journal ’40 Under 40′ Recipient
Instrumental in passing legislation allowing HSSA to offer graduate programs
Though Dr. Dwaun Warmack is considered a prominent national leader in higher education, he is soon to become an internationally recognized expert for his advocacy in transforming mass incarceration issues in the United States. Dr. Warmack considers education central to this transformation and his educational trajectory is a testament to this belief. Dr. Warmack began his academic career at Delta State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Sociology. Later, he obtained his doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University, and completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University. Today, Dr. Warmack is the 19th president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri and one of the youngest presidents of a four-year institution in the country.
Upon graduating with his degree, Dwaun Warmack immediately pursued his higher education career, beginning with a stint at his alma mater, Delta State University. His role as Coordinator of Student Development & Activities and as a Financial Aid Counselor, allowed him to be fully immersed in his chosen field and launch a fulfilling career aimed towards transforming the lives of others, particularly, underserved groups. After making great strides with this institution, Dr. Warmack accepted a promotion and new position as Director of Multicultural Affairs at Western Carolina University. In 2005, he accepted another challenge as an Associate Dean at Rhodes College. His most notable accomplishment was his role in the establishment of the Western North Carolina Minority Networking Program. In 2010, Dr. Warmack accepted the position of Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and later as Senior Vice President of Administration and Student Services at Bethune-Cookman University.
Dwaun Warmack currently serves as the 9th President of Claflin University. Prior to that, he served as the president at Harris-Stowe State University.. As President of Harris-Stowe State University, Dwaun Warmack continued his legacy of transformative leadership. Under his leadership, Harris-Stowe received earning national accolades and is now considered one of the premier universities in the Midwest. Dr. Warmack’s overarching goal of improving the reputation and academic rigor of the university was accomplished by enacting positive and effective change. The results have been exceptional. To date, his accomplishments include, tripling new student applications and increasing new student enrollment overall by 34%. In addition, academic degree programs have more than doubled— 14 to 51 majors/minors/certificate programs, the institutional has obtained more than $16 million in external funding, and he was instrumental in the passing of the historic Senate Bill 334 which changed the institution’s Carnegie Classification from a bachelor degree granting institution to a master level degree granting one.
Dr. Dwaun Warmack is not only dedicated to his professional fortes but also to the concept of higher education being the great “equalizer” in the U.S. His personal and professional success has been nothing short of monumental and is a testament to what can be accomplished when those in positions of authority identify problem areas and steadfastly subsequently find innovative and effective solutions. Dr. Warmack’s expertise, research, and novel approaches to contemporary issues have led to appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, and NPR, to name a few.
Dr. Warmack augments his professional endeavors as a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, the largest higher education regional accreditation body in the U.S. He also holds several board positions dedicated to furthering educational causes. Dr. Warmack frequently speaks at conferences and mentors rising educational leaders. Perhaps the most critical aspect of his recent work is his research on mass incarceration. He is currently conducting research on the topic in the United States, Ireland, and Germany with the hopes of enacting change in the prison system through an emphasis on education.