The President's Biography

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack serves as president of Harris-Stowe State University and is one of the youngest serving presidents of a four-year institution in the nation. Warmack brings more than 18 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education at five distinct higher education institutions to the position.  Within five months of his arrival at Harris-Stowe he raised a million dollars for student scholarships and infrastructure needs, and his leadership of Harris-Stowe’s major accomplishments during the past two years has been unprecedented.   

He is a scholar-practitioner and possesses a wealth of experience in program design, faculty and student development, assessment and accreditation. Dr. Warmack’s trajectory in higher education has been short of remarkable. Prior to his appointment as president of Harris-Stowe, he served as senior vice president, administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University overseeing a staff of 170. His successes include oversight of a multi-million dollar renovation of the institution’s residence halls. Prior to his tenure at Bethune-Cookman, he was the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he had oversight of student affairs including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and Delta State University.

Dr. Warmack provides a brand of leadership that is characterized by an unqualified insistence on data driven decision-making and a commitment to higher education’s current best practices. A visionary with a unique understanding and appreciation for today’s millennial students, he is committed to academic integration and the holistic development of students. Warmack is committed to developing programs that promote diversity, pluralism and cultural competency. Throughout his career he has championed inclusion, academic excellence and the retention of underrepresented students. Over the years he has presented more than 120 diversity and leadership presentations and workshops to an array of individuals and groups.  

To bolster his executive fortes, Warmack has participated in a variety of  professional development opportunities including  the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI), and Hampton University’s “On The Road to the Presidency: Executive Leadership Summit.”  Warmack has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera America, C-SPAN and NPR discussing educational issues that impact the nation.

He has received several awards for his work in higher education and the community. He received the Delta State University Young Alumni Award and was recently inducted into the institution’s Hall of Fame. He served as a Board member for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Foundation, the Alumni Board of Directors for Delta State University. He currently serves on the boards of Cortex, the Saint Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, The Muny, Grand Center and the United Way of Greater St. Louis and Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Warmack earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sociology from Delta State University.  He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and his post-doctoral studies in educational leadership at Harvard University School of Education. Dr. Warmack is a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, the largest regional accreditation body in the United States. 

Awards and Special Honors

-Delux Magazine Featured Cover, March/April 2016

-Rickey Smiley Foundation “Trailblazer Award” Recipient, July 2016

-East St. Louis Branch of NAACP “Game Changer” Recipient, October 2016

-Delta State University “Black Alumnus of the Year” Recipient, October 2016

-Featured in Ladue News, March 2015

-Featured in HEC-TV Magazine, June 2015

-St. Louis Business Journal “Diverse Business Leader Honoree”, August 2015

-Kingdom House Neighborhood Association “Outstanding Community Involvement Awardee”, September 2015

-Delux Magazine Power 100 Recipient, November 2015

-RVF Leadership Partner Award, 2015

-Who’s Who in Color “Most Intriguing People of 2015”

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