Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

1837 University Circle
Cheyney, PA 19319


Undergraduate: 723
Graduate: 32
Total Headcount: 755

Cheyney University students recognized at annual honors and awards convocation

Samuel Owusu, a senior biology major from Philadelphia, was presented the Provost's Award for Leadership at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Honors and Awards Convocation held April 19 in the auditorium of the Marian Anderson Music Center.

More than 250 students were recognized at the event, held each year to honor outstanding academic performance by Cheyney students.


 Points of Pride

As the nation's 1st HBCU (Historically Black College or University)—Cheyney University has been educating students and transforming lives since 1837.

The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University provides high achieving students with many academic and professional opportunities.

​Thanks to Cheyney's accredited HRTM (Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management) Program, CU is recognized as one of the 50 most affordable small colleges for Hospitality Administration and Management in the nation.

Cheyney's Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory (AREL) provides aquaponics experience for STEM faculty and students.

​Aaron A. Walton became president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on November 14, 2017.

 Notable Alumni

​Robert Bogle ’73 - President/CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, the oldest black newspaper in circulation today

​Ed Bradley ’64 - former CBS News journalist of the program 60 Minutes

​Pedro Rivera '01 - Pennsylvania Secretary of Education

​Gladys Styles-Johnston ’63 -  Co-Founder & Director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative, former Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Kearney 

​Robert Traynham ’96 - Political Analyst for MSNBC, Assistant Dean, Georgetown University


Aaron A. Walton

Aaron A. Walton

Aaron A. Walton became president of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on November 14, 2017. He is a former senior vice president of Highmark Inc., where he was one of nine principle officers responsible for providing overall management and direction of all of the organization’s corporate activities. He also was a longtime member of both the Board of Governors pf Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Council of Trustees at California University of Pennsylvania. He has served on more than 35 community boards, including for the August Wilson Center, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and United Way of Allegheny County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Cal U. and a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Learn more.