Shaw U’s Board Member Accuses Tashni Dubroy of Creating Alternative Facts

Gary ColemanHave 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.

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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Icon-ExitAccording to an archived version of the university website, more than twenty-five  faculty and staff have left Shaw University over the last 12 months.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

Will Shaw U’s Rezoned Land Be Claimed By Republican Legislators?

Tashni Ann Dubroy, Richard Burr & Clarenda Stanley Anderson
(from l to r) Tashni Dubroy, Senator Richard Burr and Clarenda Stanley Anderson

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

baptist-headquarters-building-1*750xx4000-2250-0-209the 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.

Student Issues

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. 

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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.