As we celebrate another year of exciting achievements, accomplishments and success, I am pleased to present the 2011-2012 Shaw University President’s Report.
When I returned to Shaw in September 2011, we faced the incredible challenge of restoring our campus and increasing enrollment. We began the academic year uncertain of our future, but confident that we could continue to uphold our legacy as leaders of educational excellence. Our students returned eager for a sense of normalcy and our faculty and staff worked diligently to make progress on many University projects and initiatives, including our strategic plan, master plan and SACSCOC reaffirmation.
By the start of the spring semester, our campus had reason to celebrate. Our remaining tornado projects were completed and we hosted a widely-televised anniversary event, recognizing our recovery. Our students, faculty and staff continued to stay engaged and received numerous honors and awards, including Dr. Lonieta Cornwall’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from former North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, the highest honor a North Carolina governor can bestow upon a citizen of the state and women’s tennis player Lolia Kienka was honored as the 2012 CIAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. We also began to diligently prepare for our reaffirmation, including accreditation reviews for our five programs highlighted in this report. We ended the semester celebrating our women’s basketball team’s Division II National Championship - what a victory!
Our journey has not ended, but we thank you, our ardent alumni, donors and friends of the University for your steadfast support of Shaw University. We appreciate your willingness to assist in our mission of transforming a diverse community of learners into future global leaders.
Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D.