WASHINGTON — Wayne A.I. Frederick has been appointed as the 17th president of Howard University.
Frederick is a Howard-trained surgeon who had been serving as interim president of the private, historically black university since October.
Howard's Board of Trustees voted Monday night to appoint Frederick, following a unanimous recommendation by a search committee.
Search committee chairman Vernon Jordan says the panel considered internal and external candidates. He says Frederick "stood out as supremely qualified, remarkably motivated and uniquely suited" for the position.
The 43-year-old Frederick is a native of Trinidad who earned his medical degree from Howard at age 22.
He will have to lead the university through financial difficulties resulting in part from losses at the university-owned hospital. Moody's has downgraded Howard's credit rating twice in the past year.