Shaw University President Dr. Irma McClaurin welcomed North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton to campus November 17 for an hour-long visit that included a wide-ranging discussion followed by a short tour of the campus.
Lt. Governor Dalton and Dr. McClaurin discussed topics including education, the economy, the impact of the recent elections on higher education, and possible partnerships Shaw could forge with a variety of stakeholders.
“I’m determined to build on our state’s historic legacy as a place that encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. The truth is that we can’t talk about future economic growth or a prosperous future without talking about education. North Carolina has been a long time leader in job creation because of our deep commitment to creating a job-ready workforce. Shaw University is playing a role in preparing our state’s next generation for 21st century jobs,” commented Lt. Governor Dalton.
“We are grateful that Lt. Gov. Dalton took the time to meet with us and see the campus,” said Dr. McClaurin. “These type of discussions are critical, not just to see what assistance is available to Shaw, but to see how Shaw can better integrate with Raleigh and the state.
“Sixty-five percent of our graduates stay in the state,” she continued, “and it is critical for the state to recognize that we are a resource, and for us to better understand what needs we can fill for the state.”
Following the discussion, Shaw Student Government Association President Andrew Cann took the Lieutenant Governor on a tour of the downtown Raleigh campus.