Shaw University’s strategic initiatives and policies are governed by the University’s Board of Trustees whose members are alumni, business
leaders and community advocates.
Dr. Paulette Dillard is the 18th president of Shaw University. Prior to her appointment, she served in various capacities such as department chair, dean and vice president for Academic Affairs. Shea earned an MBA from Belmont University and
a Ph.D. in cell biology from Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Dillard is committed to the University's mission of advancing knowledge, facilitating student learning and achievement, enhancing the spiritual and ethical values of students, and transforming a diverse community of learners into future global
Shaw University's 2020 Strategic Plan updates and coordinates with the previous plan by continuing to enhance the five
original priorities and adding optimization priority as a framework for developing future directions for the 2015-2020 Plan: