Have you heard? Amid the current climate of black folk and police nationwide, President Tashni Dubroy recently came up with the stupid idea to invite and publicize the possibility of a Raleigh PD substation on Shaw University campus. Just in case you didn’t know, Shaw University has had campus police for decades, providing a variety of public services including emergency medical assistance, investigating suspicious circumstances, and responding to and investigating criminal matters. Patrols are conducted throughout the Shaw community 24 hours a day. When we were in school, the police chief affectionately known as “CHIEF” knew us all by name. To get caught up, read the following links:
Now, take a deep breath and prepare to read this scathing e-mail that we received from a very reliable source. This communication was written by a board member who happens to be on the executive committee. How much longer will our board remain silent about the havoc that Dr. Dubroy is causing? The long-term implications of the absence of qualified leadership will be the death of Shaw University. A conversation with concerned alumni is past due. It’s time for a serious reality check. There’s no amount of chicken dinners alumni can sell in order to save our school from its demise.
Before reading this article, we would like to acknowledge a few things:
Mr. Charles Brown, Director of Bands and a Shaw University Alumnus has given over 38 years of service to his alma mater.
Last year, his reputation was disgraced via local media and the internet by Shaw’s President, Tashni-Ann Dubroy when he was wrongly accused of “inappropriate behavior” after standing up for band students.
Shaw University spent almost $30,000 on a bogus investigation and Mr. Brown was found completely innocent.
Let that marinate, then proceed.
It was this time last year when appointed President, Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, ambushed Shaw University’s Platinum Sound Marching Band by taking away scholarships Shaw’s administration had already approved. She used the media to adamantly talk of “reallocating” funds for academic scholars and stated all sports teams were receiving cuts. This was a lie. In actuality, the only program that suffered a major financial loss was the music department.
Dubroy used the media to claim students in the Platinum Sound Marching Band received tuition “discounts” of $7,500 and this created a budget hole at the university. What she didn’t say was these hard working students provide a service to Shaw University. In addition to performing at football and basketball games, some of them perform in other bands that perform at coronation, convocation and graduation. What Dubroy didn’t say was tuition costs are more than $25,000 and even with the $7,500 SCHOLARSHIP, marching band students pay $18,000 in tuition to Shaw University. Therefore, having ONE HUNDRED students in the marching band generates $1.8 million for the university. To reduce students scholarships to “discounts” is downright degrading.
Mr. Brown’s tireless efforts to recruit some of the most talented students in the country resulted in Platinum Sound being voted the #1 marching band in the CIAA for 2015-16. Nevertheless, funding for band scholarships have been reduced AGAIN. This is the second cut in the bands budget in less than one calendar year. There is NO scholarship money for incoming freshman. This additional depletion of funds will force the size of the marching band to drastically reduce. Dubroy’s actions have prevented Mr. Brown’s ability recruit and fund any new students. Additionally, this cut has also negatively impacted the size and quality of the marching band, decreased the University’s overall enrollment and has consequently reduced its revenue at a time when the financial climate is unfavorable.
Furthermore, less than a year after using the media as a platform to claim she’s focusing on academic scholarships, Dubroy has quietly announced that Shaw University is starting male & female soccer teams.
A coach has been hired and international recruitment has begun. The first question is why soccer? Shaw University is in the CIAA and there’s only TWO schools in the CIAA that play soccer. How much money is being used for start-up soccer programs i.e. uniforms, equipment and coaches? Did the students want soccer? Are international soccer playing students coming to Shaw with full scholarships? Are foreign governments now funding foreign students to attend to Shaw? Is this why recruiters were fired? Where will they practice? Is there still a need to recruit Black students to attend HBCUs?
Shaw students once again have taken to social media to vent their frustration about Dubroy’s integrity, leadership skills and dishonesty. We have observed the hashtag, “#GetRidOfDubroy” on Facebook and Twitter.
Click the graphic below to read Dubroy’s Facebook post about building support for international students.
If you know anything about real estate, the best way to sell a house is to empty it out. There appears to be a clearinghouse as it relates to Shaw University faculty, staff and students. At least twenty employees were fired in less than year, including three recruiters. One professor was terminated and escorted out during class as students watched in horror. Two top financial aid counselors quit and long time faculty and staff coincidentally retired. Although one terminated recruiter (an ’85 Shaw alum) was granted permission to use a university vehicle to take her belongings home, a warrant was issued for her arrest regarding the use of that vehicle; meanwhile the university officer who allowed her to use the vehicle as a courtesy was terminated. Shaw’s act of cleaning house is happening at the same time as legislators from Raleigh seek 300,000 square feet of space for their new downtown campus. There are already several proposed plans that have been designed bordering the campus of Shaw University. (Click HERE to read minutes from City Council Meeting. References to Shaw University begin on page 2) In previous months developer and Republican, donor Art Pope toured the campus. Yes. The SAME Art Pope who has been seeking cuts in the UNC higher ed system. ) (Click HERE for a very interesting article titled, Art pope and the Threat to NC Higher Ed) In recent days, Republican Senator Richard Burr posed with President DuBroy and VP of Institutional Advancement Clarenda Stanley-Anderson in the above image. On Thursday, May 23rd, Burr said he will block President Obama’s nomination of Patricia Timmons-Goodson to fill a vacancy on the Federal Court bench in Eastern North Carolina. Why are these people suddenly interested in conversing with people associated with Shaw University?
As per the Raleigh News & Observer, “In 2013, Obama announced his plans to nominate Jennifer May-Parker, a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District who would have been the first black judge seated” as federal district court judge area. Burr never submitted the necessary “blue slip” that would have pushed her name before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Burr has never explained why he did not submit May-Parker’s name for consideration”. The seat for federal judge in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina has not been filled since January 1, 2006. (over ten years)
In August 2015, after Dubroy’s appointment as Shaw’s president, she told The News & Observer that Shaw was in total support of the city’s plans to build a 12 story hotel in Prince Hall’s Historic District. These plans would include
the demolition of the General Baptist Convention building which is located on the corner of South Wilmington and East Lenoir streets. Dubroy stated that, “Shaw was fully behind this project.”
The Prince Hall District is Raleigh’s first African American and first mixed-use historic district. There is a strong sense of place and history, which has helped to convey the important and often overlooked African American history of Raleigh. Don Davis, a member of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission stated, “We support development…but there’s many other properties the hotel could be.
Minutes from a March 2016 public hearing state that the property Shaw University owns on Blount & South Streets will be rezoned to 4 stories. It also states that the current dormitories on the main campus pose a problem for rezoning as they are too high and too close to the street and therefore should be moved to the center of the campus. The report states that Shaw University is aware of this but has, “no comment“. Ironically, the report also states that ‘neighbors’ of the McDonald’s restaurant across from Shaw University have been complaining about the the drive through traffic. The problem with this claim is there are only two houses near McDonalds and they both appear to be unoccupied. Additionally the houses are separated by a fence and the exit of the drive through actually leads traffic away from the two homes.
Prior to the 2015-16 school year and prior to Tashni DuBroy officially taking over as President, she was allowed to take away scholarships from band students that were already issued. This led to student protests and in turn, a large amount of students decided not to attend Shaw. Others decided to withdraw. Soon after the band director was suspended (although fully vindicated); an unqualified instructor was brought in, causing the marching band students to receive Fs for the first half of the semester. The drum major took to social media posing the question, “Who can stop the mediocracy at Shaw?” The band was decimated. Recently the 2016-17 band budget was issued; the budget is down from$525,000 to $200,000. This reduced budget was approved in June; denying Mr. Brown the opportunity to recruit new students. Furthermore, these funds are only to be used for returning students.
CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW STUDENT’S FACEBOOK POST
For most of the 2015-2016 academic year, students complained of mold and unsanitary conditions in the dorms. Finally in April, a student posted a video on DuBroy’s Facebook page asking if she would take a shower under the same conditions. The comment was promptly removed. (Click HERE to view actual student submitted video)
Faculty & Staff Recently faculty and staff were publicly chastised by DuBroy in front of the media as she lectured them about the need to write more grants. This coming from a president who has no solid history of grant writing. The one research project (Jamaica Mon’) DuBroy oversaw, was already established prior to her taking the helm. This public humiliation caused faculty and staff to openly discuss seeking employment elsewhere. It is ironic that Dubroy is rubbing elbows with Burr. Burr’s inaction is part of the reason judgeships in NC Eastern Federal courts remain unfilled. Republican Senator Burr has blocked President Obama’s nominations while Republican led bills could have possibly closed three other NC HBCUs. Strangely enough, Shaw’s leadership seems to think Burr is on their/our side. Despite the ‘positive’ propaganda that has recently plagued the world wide web about Shaw – we know the truth. There’s a lot to be done. Pretending that these issues don’t exist will not help as other’s view the land in which Shaw sits upon as a goldmine. Where there is unity there is strength. Where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved and we’ll be able to Save Our Shaw.
On Saturday, November 7, 2015 while some Shaw University alumni were attending the annual Willie Gary “Show”, (also known as ‘THE HOMECOMING RECEPTION” hosted by Willie Gary and Lorenzo Williams) a group of 84 alumni gathered less than a mile away at the Chavis Heights Community Room. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent lawsuit filed against members of Shaw’s Board of Trustees and future strategy regarding the board of trustees removal. In attendance were past and president Shaw University Trustees, past and president faculty, alumni as well as current students.
During the two hour meeting, Ms. Maria Spaulding, Shaw University Trustee and Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee asked to be heard. During her opening statement she stressed that she wanted to be clear, “We narrowed the presidential candidates down from seventy-two (72), to fifteen (15) candidates and Dr. Dubroy was not one of the fifteen”.
Ms. Spaulding went on to say that the fifteen (15) candidates were narrowed down to three (3) and although she was the co-chair of the committee she was not privy to who the final three candidates were. Executive Committee Member and Secretary of the Board, Dr. Donnell Lewis who was also locked out of the final process, sent out an email criticizing the lack of transparency. This troubling issue is adding to the growing list of concerns from alumni about how Dr. Tashni Dubroy’s name resurfaced – which led to her eventual election by twelve members of the board.
When questioned by alumni, Ms. Spaulding stated she was unaware that a man named Dr. Honeycutt had been promised the Shaw University Presidency in 2014. After unanimously being voted down by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Honeycutt reached out to Shaw University alumni seeking support via email. In his email, (click here for the email) Dr. Honeycutt stated he had met with members of the Executive Committee on August 31, 2014 and he was promised the job. He went on to say, he was seeking alumni support as he was preparing to move his family to Raleigh and provided alumni with a copy of the contract that was offered to him. (see the contract here)
How did Dr. Honeycutt receive a contract and who promised him the job? How did Tashni Ann Dubroy get eliminated by the search committee and still end up as a finalist and then eventually president? Whatever happened to the search committee? Why does the board of trustees continue to operate under a cloak of secrecy after repeated public scrutiny?
We cannot continue to let our questions go unanswered. Shaw deserves better.
At most university’s students qualify for scholarship’s because they are high academic achievers or really good at sports. Students who participate in university bands and other activities that provide a service to a university may qualify for a scholarship as well.
However, at Shaw University it appears that you can receive a scholarship simply by knowing Board of Trustee Chairman, Joseph Bell. Also it seems if you are from Bell’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia you’re guaranteed a free ride. Shaw has something called Trustee Scholarships, that are unfunded and Joe Bell appears to be the main trustee doling them out.
Considering tuition is more than $24,000 at Shaw, when students heard about the unfunded “Joe Bell Scholarships” that had no guidelines for its recipients, they decided to voice their concern. View the video below.
A blog was launched in May from a student (TroyThomas1906) which also voiced frustration about the unfunded “Joe Bell” scholarships. Click the image below to read the blog entry.
Click HERE to read a student’s letter, addressed to the Board of Trustees regarding unfunded “Joe Bell” scholarships and asking for the removal of Joseph Bell.