Tashni Dubroy Resigns as Shaw President; to be Named Howard Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

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Shaw University President Tashni Ann Dubroy has resigned her position, and will join Howard University as its Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, a move suggesting a potential seachange in the unprecedented executive turnover within the HBCU sector.

Dr. Dubroy’s three-year stretch of fundraising and capacity building at the private HBCU in downtown Raleigh, NC. earned regional and national attention. Signature developments included the establishment of a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship near the Shaw downtown campus, and expanding the university’s online and continuing studies programs in partnerships with American Underground, the Child Trust Foundation and IBM.

In a release, officials from Howard University lauded Dr. Dubroy’s credentials and outlined her scope of work in the new position.

In this Cabinet position, Dr. Dubroy will be responsible for the success of major operational areas of the University and process optimization across the organization... Key duties include collaborating with President Frederick on strategic planning and ensuring that all initiatives align with Howard’s core values and established priorities.

In 2016, the university announced the termination of a three-year employee salary reduction program, thanks in part to gains made in fundraising and increased enrollment.

“The chance for service leadership at the nation’s flagship historically black college is one that very few receive,” says Dr. Dubroy. ” My experiences at Shaw have afforded me a great deal of insight on complex issues like infrastructure improvement, teaching and learning outcomes, workforce development and community engagement over these last three years, and I believe they coincide well with Dr. Frederick’s 21st century model of executive leadership.”

A Shaw alumna, chemist and entrepreneur, Dr. Dubroy has been named as a finalist for the HBCU Awards’ “Female President of the Year” honor for the last two years. Officials say she will begin her term at Howard on October 2.

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