Incoming Shaw president hopes to hit the ground running – Derek Medlin – Wral.com
Tashni Dubroy isn’t much older than many of the students at Shaw University, but when the 34-year-old Jamaican-American officially begins as its president on Aug. 1, 2015 she’s got big plans for the oldest historically black university in the South.
Dubroy said the university needs to have more innovative programs and become a bigger player in the technology industry. Shaw’s Board of Trustees announced Dubroy’s appointment on May 30 after she previously served as the special assistant to the president for process optimization and as the chair of the department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Dubroy said she hopes to be a role model for students.”I want to be able to say to them, ‘Here is an example of what you can achieve if you work hard, study, stay true to your character and to your dream,” she said.
Dubroy graduated from Shaw in 2002 before getting a doctorate in chemistry from North Carolina State University. Dubroy moved to the United States from Jamaica when she was 18, and she became a citizen in 2010. One of seven children, she’s the second Jamaican to serve as president of Shaw. Dr. Talbert O. Shaw, the school’s 12th president, was also from Jamaica.
She said Shaw, which sits on the edge of downtown, within walking distance of big banks and innovative companies, has been “absent to long.”
Like many other HBCUs across the country, Shaw has struggled with finances and retention. Dubroy said she’s already reaching out to community and corporate leaders to form partnerships.
“I have to brand and market this university like I’ve never done before, because the world needs to know about Shaw University,” she said. “I have to look at a localized strategy. I have to say what are Shaw’s strengths, what are the weaknesses, where are the opportunities and who out there is a threat to us.”
Shaw University, founded as Raleigh Institute, is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1865, it is the oldest HBCU in the Southern United States.
Address: 118 E South St, Raleigh, NC 27601: Phone: (919) 828-1730: http://www.shawu.edu/