The TASHNI Turnover At Shaw University

Icon-ExitAccording to an archived version of the university website, more than twenty-five  faculty and staff have left Shaw University over the last 12 months. One former employee stated, “…the high turnover rate is due to unexplained terminations, sudden resignations, a chaotic environment and a “climate of fear”.

One member of the Board of Trustees told The Friends of Shaw, “There are several board members who are unaware of Dubroy’s contract being solidified and extended beyond her initial one year deal. Her lack of leadership leaves students and faculty with a sense of uncertainty. She does not advocate for them at all.”

Here is a partial summation of the Tashni Turnovers:

Interim Dean of the Shaw University Divinity School – A Shaw Alum and former member of the Board of Trustees who was considered to head the divinity school. [GONE]

Transportation Manager – A Shaw Alum who worked at the university for nearly 38 years. [GONE]

Former Interim Shaw President – After a brief sabbatical, individual was not allowed to return. [GONE]

WSHA Employees – Two individuals who collectively have been at Shaw for nearly 45 years have been terminated. One of those individuals was a Shaw alum. [GONE]

Professors – Several instructors were notified recently that their status had been reduced from FULL TIME to ADJUNCT.  One instructor noted that their salary had been cut by $20,000. Another states their salary would be reduced to $5,000 per semester. Medical benefits of those affected have been abruptly discontinued.

Financial Aid Counselors – We can confirm that at least 2 counselors were terminated. The Director of Financial Aid resigned. [GONE]

Upper Level Administration – One particular individual left their position at a reputable HBCU to work at Shaw as a Vice President…only to be fired less than 6 months of employment. [GONE]

Another staff member- A Shaw Alum was seriously injured on the job, took a brief medical leave and was terminated without cause. They have since sued the university for wrongful termination and won. [GONE]

The President’s Assistant didn’t stay in her position 6 months before she walked out the door. [GONE]

At the time we published this article, there were over 30 job postings at Shaw University via HigherEdJobs.Com.

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NOTE: Men’s and Women’s soccer have been added to Shaw Athletics. A soccer coach has been hired, the track coach (another Shaw alum) has been demoted and ANOTHER coach/salary has been added. However, last year, before Dr. Dubroy technically took office, she drastically reduced the amount of music scholarships, putting some of Shaw’s most talented students in a financial bind two weeks before school started. There have been additional cuts to the music program.

Our reason for great concern? Because WE ARE SHAW UNIVERSITY.

High turnover can be debilitating to both staff and students

High turnover could prevent Shaw’s ability to attract top notch faculty and students

High turnover could reduce performance level of faculty & staff

High turnover could negatively impact Shaw’s financial health

High turnover could cause irreversible low morale

Shaw University deserves better.

If you are:

  • a current, former member of Shaw’s faculty or staff
  • a recent grad or current student
  • a parent of a Shaw student (past or present)

and you would like to submit a comment about the current state at Shaw University (anonymous or otherwise) – send us an e-mail at: friendsofshawu@gmail.com

Shaw University Mutes Music Program

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The above image is an actual screenshot taken from the Shaw University Platinum Sound Marching Band’s Facebook Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two weeks, before band camp is scheduled to begin, Shaw University students have noticed a change on their class schedules.   Although many students pre registered for marching band, concert band and jazz bands for the Fall 2016 semester, those classes no longer appear on their schedules.  This sudden occurrence happened with no explanation from administration.

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Supporters of Brown asked students on Facebook about their 2016-2017 schedule. Band has been purged.

The dismantling of the band program began last year when Dr. Dubroy drastically reduced band scholarships for the 2015-2016 year. She neglected to inform students of a “reallocation” in a timely fashion, causing some students to transfer or withdraw their admission.

In spite of the baseless suspension, public character assassination, followed by a costly investigation which cleared Mr. Brown of any wrongdoing, the music department had a very successful year. The marching band was  voted #1 in the CIAA conference.

This years budget for band scholarships were not approved until June 3rd, giving Mr. Brown no time to recruit new students for the 2016-2017 academic year. To add salt to that wound, the budget has been cut over 50% from last year and doesn’t include any funding for incoming freshman.

As of yesterday, students started to notice that band has been totally removed from their schedules. According to the department of academic affairs, “…band will no longer fall under the auspices of Academic Affairs. There will no longer be a credit offered for marching band (or ANY bands), choir or theatre. These former classes will all be considered extra-cirricular activities.”

Although band has been removed from student schedules, at the time this post was written, students have not been officially notified by the university. Again, band camp starts in 2 weeks.

In an effort to help those students who have questions or concerns about this abrupt change, we suggest that you contact any/all of the following individuals:

Dr. Tashni Ann Dubroy – President – tdubroy@shawu.edu – 919-546-8300

Dr. Paulette Dillard – VP for Academic Affairs – pdillard@shawu.edu – 919-546-8595

Jody Hamilton – Registrar- jhamilton@shawu.edu – 919-546-8416

  • Will band camp still begin on July 31?
  • I’m a music major & performance courses are mandatory to obtain my degree. How can this be achieved if band and choir are no longer course offerings?
  • Will this abrupt change violate any rules of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or the affect the accreditation of Shaw University?
  • Will the removal of these courses change my status as a student (full time vs. part time); will part time students be allowed to reside on campus because of these sudden changes, which are no fault of our own?
  • Will this change affect my financial aid package?

Shaw University Prez Goes For More Balls & Less Band

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. 

Luis Cortell - The newly hired soccer coach at Shaw University
Luis Cortell – The newly hired soccer coach at Shaw University

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.

Dr. Dubroy shares her excitement about Shaw's new soccer program on social media
Dr. Dubroy shares her excitement about Shaw’s new soccer program on social media

Shaw University President Tashni Dubroy Caught On Tape

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Mr. Charles Brown granted WRAL-TV an incredibly shocking interview today which tells the ‘other’ side of the scholarship debacle that occurred earlier this year with Tashni Dubroy. (click HERE to read the story)

The interview (which you can watch below) uncovers the truth about what really happened, how Mr. Brown was unfairly suspended and tells a lot about the integrity of Shaw’s new leader.

This culture of intimidation has existed at Shaw University for YEARS – and we refuse to allow this to continue to happen.

We applaud Mr. Brown for standing up for the students and most importantly, for not being afraid to reveal the truth.

As a result of Dr. Dubroy’s actions, Shaw lost 23 students and she has put OUR university in serious jeopardy with SACS.

When students asked her why they weren’t informed in a timely fashion about scholarship money, she blatantly lied. She actually threatened to fire Mr.Brown if he attempted to contact students.

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Mr. Brown would like an apology. . . .but we, the FRIENDS OF SHAW demand her immediate resignation. She lied to students and to the public about this entire situation.

How They Tried To Bring Brown Down

 

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We have been struggling to find the words to describe Charlie Brown’s significance to the fabric of Shaw University. To say that he is simply the Director of Bands at Shaw, would be a gross understatement.

Mr. Brown has been a father figure, a mentor and a walking talking inspiration for thousands of Shaw students since the early eighties. He’s a graduate of Shaw University and his dedication has been unmatched. After nearly 38 years of service to Shaw University, hundreds of people were extremely saddened when they learned about his suspension through social media. One former student wrote:

“No dedicated member of the Shaw University family deserves to be treated the way Charles Brown has been during this ordeal simply for passionately standing up for the students he was largely responsible for introducing to the Institution. Mr. Brown is responsible for bringing so many great minds to that University, many of whom have gone off and made the founders of this great institution extremly proud. During a time when Shaw is under a bright spotlight, this is simply unacceptable. As a university, we are promoting 150 years of strides toward excellence. Our marching band was on the eve of an extraordinary recruitment opportunity in the Queen City Battle of the bands in Charlotte and in beginning preparations for an opportune moment of visibility which would surely be garnered in the scheduled head-to-head match up against North Carolina A&T whose band program was recently named 2nd in the nation for HBCU band programs (a rating that has led to tremendous growth in student enrollment) Our President has single-handedly destroyed these opportunities by miring our band program in controversy and taking away a sense of pride our students and alumni have been anxiously anticipating. The HBCU marching band is one of the most vital thermometers by which the strength of an HBCU program is measured. Those with strong programs, have strong recruitment. Those with strong recruitment have greater dollars flowing into the University thus funding the number one mission of any educational institution–educating our young minds. What a sad day for the University. Personally, Mr. Brown is responsible for recruiting me to Shaw University all the way from Norfolk, Virginia. Because of him, I bypassed Norfolk State, Hampton, Old Dominion, Virginia State and host of other programs between Norfolk and Raleigh. There are so many who share that exact story. It its time for egos to be placed aside for the betterment of Shaw University’s future. This is about more than simple protocols and feelings. This is about continuing the legacy of the oldest HBCU in the South. Are these protocols seriously worth the bruise this matter inflicts on the health of our school’s image? I think not. Therefore, on the behalf of myself and so many others who have been impacted by this educator, this father, this mentor, this life changer, Bring Charles Brown Back.” 

Mr. Brown was informed by incoming President Dr. Tashni Dubroy in July 2014 that she would be cutting the band scholarships. Each student would no longer receive the $7,500 scholarships that they were promised. Dr. Dubroy also instructed Mr. Brown not to inform the incoming students of the cuts. She explained that that was the responsibility of the financial aid department.  Mr. Brown immediately sought a remedy from the board of trustees and was ignored. A few weeks later, Dr. Dubroy who took over as university President on August 1, 2015 placed Mr. Brown on administrative leave and posted personal employment matter on the university’s website as well as Facebook and Twitter.  Dr. Dubroy and the university fed the local media the narrative that Mr. Brown was being accused of “very serious allegations”. Dr. Dubroy added an enormous amount fuel to the fire by sharing this story among her personal social media networks and even uploaded a “press release” to the university website for the world to see. (this link is still accessible: http://www.shawu.edu/uploadedFiles/Home/BandDirectorStatement_08-08-15.pdf)
This private personnel matter was made public and caused a national stir.
A petition was started and over 575 people expressed their outrage and demanded that Brown be brought back. The signatures were electronically delivered to Dr. Dubroy and every member of the Board of Trustees and no response was received.
The investigation was launched and completed after 3 weeks of no communication between Brown and administration. Mr. Brown was found 100% innocent of a “title IX violation”. Administration had no grounds to suspend him. However, the damage had already been done to Mr. Brown’s character. Additionally, Shaw University lost 20 band students to other universities as a result of scholarship monies that were unfairly taken away. 
 
Since the beginning of this debacle, an exorbitant amount of money has been spent on a private investigative firm, an attorney and TWO staff members to provide leadership to Platinum Sound, University Band and Jazz Band in Mr. Brown’s absence.   
We are elated that Mr. Brown has returned back to his position because our future alumni NEED his guidance, encouragement and mentorship more than ever. Although his suspension is over, Mr. Brown’s character has been tarnished and his character has been assassinated. This entire debacle was played out in the media but few people know that Mr. Brown has returned to work, cleared of any wrongdoing. 
We believe that if you do damage in public, then you should apologize in public.