WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The president of Delaware State University will leave his post in January to lead the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in the nation’s capital.

Delaware State University President, Harry Lee Williams . (Courtesy Photo)

The News Journal reports that university president Harry Lee Williams will become the nonprofit’s president and CEO. The announcement was made Monday night at a gala serving as the organization’s annual fundraiser.

The nonprofit has 47 member-schools and helps fund historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities that are publicly supported.

Jim Clifton, the organization’s chairman, says Williams is the first sitting president of a historically Black university to be appointed president and CEO.

Williams is currently a member of the organization’s board of directors. He has been president of Delaware State since 2010.

University Board of Trustees chairwoman Wilma Mishoe says a national search for the next president will begin soon.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com