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Thank You, Dr. Ingraham

Dr. Frank Ingraham

Dr. Frank Ingraham

Dr. Frank Ingraham ends his distinguished service as Wilmington University Alumni President this year, having served in the role since 2018, and as an alumni board member since 2012. He holds three degrees from WilmU: a B.S. in Human Resource Management, an M.S. in Human Resource Management, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. His academic WilmU experience made him an excellent choice for alumni president, and he served alums with dignity and respect.

Aside from his work as president, Dr. Ingraham was a human resources practitioner, certified mediator, and adjunct instructor at WilmU. He has many certifications — a few from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), plus Six Sigma Black and Green belts. He’s also written two books. One of them, “Personal Branding Life Planning Mastery,” helps readers formalize individualized brands while initiating detailed life plans. 

With expertise in employee, labor and community relations and solid entrepreneurial roots, Dr. Ingraham’s leadership foundation was cemented, and his long-standing focus on conflict management enhanced his tenure. Ultimately, he has centered his efforts on helping people find their purpose and improve their quality of life, and that mission was evident at WilmU and the many places he worked.

“The University — and the Alumni Association in particular — will be forever grateful that he chose to serve with us.” — Dr. Stefanie Whitby

In this case, retirement doesn’t mean slowing down. Dr. Ingraham plans to take a deep dive into his family’s genealogy.  He will continue to mediate conflict issues in the community, military and workplace, then write a third book. He also plans to devote more time to his family. 

“Dr. Ingraham has been an incredible leader,” says Dr. Stefanie Whitby, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations and Development and director of Athletics. “The University — and the Alumni Association in particular — will be forever grateful that he chose to serve with us. Frank defines leadership. He sets goals, inspires creativity, and encourages others to step outside their comfort zones to make an impact. He believes in making the most of every opportunity, every new encounter, and celebrating the milestones along the way. We wish Frank all the best in his next chapter and look forward to staying connected.”

Dr. Ingraham is one of those rare people who is supportive and non-judgmental; a great listener who’s empathetic and kind. So, maybe we won’t see him around as much anymore, but chances are that Dr. Ingraham will still be up for lunch or some other gathering. He will most certainly remain a cherished and trusted friend to many at WilmU.  — Maria Hess

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