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Originally posted in the February 2022 newsletter 

I’m  writing to tell you about a transition at Wesley College. It’s one of  those unexpected changes that are part of a growing institution. At  year’s end, Noel Chomola transitioned out of the role of Principal. He  has returned to his family in Dodoma, Tanzania, 425 miles south of  Mwanza.

We are grateful for Noel’s service, and he will be missed.  An interim Principal has been appointed for this time of transition.

While  sorry to see Noel go, I am excited about a new opportunity for  collaboration between the Board of Trustees in Tanzania and our US-based  Wesley College Foundation.

This  Saturday, Wesley College Foundation President, Dr. Ed Franklin, will  lead a transition seminar guiding the Tanzanian board through a  discernment process for hiring our next principal. Together, they’ll  explore current college strengths and weaknesses, define a five-year  vision, and identify qualities of a leader who can get us there. The  ultimate outcome will be a process to find the best next leader for the  students of Wesley College.

I don’t think we could find anyone better prepared to provide this help. Ed has 40 years of experience serving community colleges in three  states, including 19 years as President/CEO of the Arkansas community  college system.  The workshop he’ll lead on Saturday is one he’s  facilitated multiple times, helping boards sharpen their visions for the  future.

Based  on his experience, Ed steps into Saturday’s workshop seeing only  opportunity. He told us, “I always tell organizations that even if you  thought you had the best person in place, when he or she leaves, you  have an opportunity. To seize it, you need to take a pause. Envision  your future. Then, make changes to choose the best leader to get you  there.”

As  sorry as I am to see Noel go, I am deeply grateful for Ed’s assistance.  He won’t be making any decisions for the college on Saturday, but he’ll  be posing important questions. I hope you will agree with him and with  me.  At this juncture, the future of Wesley College is full of opportunity.


Eric Soard

Executive Director, Wesley College Foundation


Accessibility is one of the four pillars of Wesley College Foundation. Students cannot
experience the transformative education of Wesley College without generous supporters,
interested in seeing lives changed. Gilbert was one of our featured students in 2023. He
shared how he wasn’t even able to finish high school because of his family’s financial situation and was forced into an endless string of low wage jobs just to support himself. The day he found out his studies would be supported through a scholarship he dropped everything else--recognizing this once in a life time opportunity.


Wesley College Foundation is growing. Brady Banks came on as the Director of Foundation Development; Dr. John Wayne Smith joined us as a new board member from Northwest Arkansas, and most importantly you all contributed more than ever before---making it possible to increase support to Wesley College and students in Tanzania. Gilbert is about to finish a second diploma in community development, has a small business that supports his family, and just started as the new pastor of Kalaluma United Methodist Church. He is a great example of how opportunity creates more opportunity and Wesley College Foundation is On the Move towards forming even more servant leaders for the church and community because of your support and work.

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