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.