Shaw University’s First Female President Quits Just Days After Tornado-damaged School Reopens to Students - Higher Education

Higher Education News and Jobs

Shaw University’s First Female President Quits Just Days After Tornado-damaged School Reopens to Students

Email




by Diverse Staff

Just two days after Shaw University, the South’s oldest historically Black college in Raleigh, N.C., reopened to students, its president Irma McClaurin resigned from her post, The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. reported Tuesday. 

McClaurin, 58, said that her departure was “a mutual decision” between her and the university, according to The News & Observer. Shaw’s board of trustees did not release a statement.

McClaurin was hired Sept. 6 as Shaw’s 15th president and the school’s first female leader.

On April 16, a tornado touched down on campus and more than 27 buildings were hit. It forced an early ending to the school’s academic year.

The tornado damage totaling between $3 million and $4 million was particularly difficult for Shaw, which was more than $20 million in debt in 2009. The university grabbed a lifeline last year when then-U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge secured a $31 million federal loan for the school.

But the school mounted a rapid recovery. Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 17.

Incoming students are going through orientation to the downtown Raleigh campus, which suffered damage to 27 buildings, including dormitories and the student center, The News & Observer reported Monday.

Even the school’s oldest surviving building is a week away from getting a new copper roof. The major remaining adjustment to campus life will be that students will spend about six months in a $560,000 temporary cafeteria built by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“I expected to see leftover ruin,” student orientation leader Kevin Collins-Nelson said in front of the science building on Sunday as he directed freshmen to their dorms. Instead, the men’s dorm boasts new tile, paint, lights and furniture.

Related:  Southern University Board Member Quits

“A lot of us looked at it as a Godsend, a needed excuse to replace the old,” said Collins-Nelson, a sophomore. “I think that tornado may have put us on the map.”

Freshman Abraham Ehrmwenman of Chicago said he didn’t know whether he’d have a dorm to live in.

“It looks good; you can’t hardly tell anything was damaged,” he said as he sat outside his renovated residence hall. Shaw’s freshman enrollment is expected to be 650 students, more than the school’s average but fewer than the 700 admitted last year.

On Sunday, McClaurin said Shaw’s financial burden had prompted her to seek new investors. McClaurin said she planned to take her “Imagining More” campaign – an effort to improve upon prior blueprints – to private investors and alumni across the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
University of California Workers Strike for Higher Wages SAN FRANCISCO — Electricians, elevator mechanics, plumbers and other workers walked off the job Wednesday at UCLA to demand higher wages on day one of two planned strikes this week at a pair of University of California campuses. A 24-hour strike w...
California Universities Weigh First Tuition Hikes in 6 Years SAN FRANCISCO —Faced with record high enrollment and the need to hire faculty, the University of California and California State University systems are considering raising tuition for the first time in six years. The proposed annual hikes - $270 a...
Board Extends North Dakota State President’s Contract FARGO, N.D. —The state Board of Higher Education met behind closed doors for more than two hours Wednesday before deciding that the North Dakota State University president should keep his job. The board voted during its regular monthly meeting in ...
Group of Baylor Supporters Demand Change to Regents Some of Baylor University’s most prominent supporters, including a former Texas governor and the billionaire businessman whose name adorns the football stadium, called Monday for a shakeup of the school’s board of regents in the wake of the campus se...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *