As my time at Shaw draws to a close, I am proud to present my final President’s Report. The challenges were many -- a tornado, financial uncertainty, slowing enrollment, -- but what we have been able to achieve has been nothing short of extraordinary.
When others thought our doors would close permanently, we rose to the occasion, by stabilizing our finances and doing more with less. Not only did we remain open, but we thrived, enrolling the largest first-year class in the history of the University during the fall of 2010. We faced adversity a second time in April 2011 when a tornado destroyed our campus and forced us to close before semester’s end.
Despite our difficulties, we endured and our students, faculty and staff continued to achieve, succeed and flourish. We have witnessed two faculty members, Dr. Lonieta Cornwall, Associate Professor of Music and Dr. Bobbie Little, Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Field Placement Coordinator, both receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor a North Carolina governor can bestow upon a citizen of the state. In addition, Dr. Little was chosen as one of the Top 25 Professors of Education in North Carolina.
Our students excelled as well. During her freshman year, Sherice Neil received a $30,000 scholarship from Taco Bell. Lolia Kienka followed her 2012 CIAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor with the 2013 CIAA Woman of the Year award. She is currently a student at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland pursuing a graduate degree in international business. We owe so much of our success to professors and students like Dr. Little and Lolia.
The good work we have started will not end with my departure. I am confident that our campus community, alumni, donors and supporters will continue to move the University forward. For 148 years, Shaw has remained true to its mission and educated the world’s best and brightest students. With your dedication and unwavering support, our great University will not only continue its mission, but exceed expectations for the next 148 years and beyond.
Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D. President