By The Associated Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware State College president credited with helping the historically-Black school survive during the 1950s has been honored with a campus statue.

The university unveiled the likeness of Jerome Holland during an outdoor ceremony Friday on homecoming weekend.

Dr. Jerome Holland (Delaware State University Courtesy Photo)

The Delaware State News reports the statue shows him at a podium holding a proclamation from 1957, the year he helped get back the school’s full accreditation lost three years earlier.

Holland also helped build Delaware government’s commitment to the college.

Current President Wilma Mishoe says Holland provided leadership to navigate the school through one of its most difficult decades.

Holland left Delaware State in 1960 and became president at what’s now Hampton University. He was later U.S. ambassador to Sweden and national American Red Cross chairman. He died in 1985.