Wilberforce University, the nation’s first, private HBCU, is adding faculty member Kimberly Hardy Porter to its adult academic degree ranks.

Kimberly Hardy-Porter, PhD, is the new director of the CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) Program at Wilberforce University, located in Wilberforce (Greene County), Ohio.

The Wilberforce alum earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass media/communications and advanced degrees in education from Northcentral University.

Delivering extensive experience in both communications and education, Dr. Porter made the career change from communications and public relations to education, teaching as a licensed English/Language Arts teacher for grades four-12 and as an ESL teacher at Columbus State Community College.

Her main goal, she says, is to make the CLIMB program the premier, accelerated degree plan of action for adult learners. “I am honored to return home to ‘The Force’ to serve my alma mater,” said Hardy-Porter. “I am excited about this opportunity, the future of CLIMB, and the future of Wilberforce.”

A CLIMB applicant must be an older working adult with a minimum of 45 semester hours with a maximum of 72 semester hours of transferable credit with a 2.0 GPA or better from an accredited college or university.

To apply: 844-849-2405, or wilberforce.edu/climb

Wilberforce University was founded in 1856 and is the nation’s oldest, private, historically black college (HBCU). Located in Greene County, Ohio near Dayton, the four -ear, accredited university is a member of the United Negro College Fund, the Ohio LINK Library Consortium and the NAIA Athletic Conference. According to HBCU.com, Wilberforce is one of the top five HBCUs in the midwest.