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The Week's HBCU Headlines

William Burns Patterson Hall at Alabama State University

Students and faculty rallied at Alabama State University last Friday to show support for the school as the search for a new president continues. In October, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley recommended the Board of Trustees hold off on their search for a new leader amid the release of a disparaging financial audit. Despite the suggestion, the Board continued to search for a new president and has since narrowed the search to four candidates.  One candidate is state Senator Quinton Ross, who recently graduated with a doctorate from the school’s education leadership, policy and law program.

Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.  will open a School of Religion in Fall 2015, headed up by distinguished professor Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr. The school will offer a master’s of divinity and a master’s of art in religion. “The founder of B-CU, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, believed in Christian principles and loved the Lord,” said the college’s president Dr. Edison O. Jackson. “Thus, a School of Religion is a building block on the foundational principles that she embraced.”

The president of the University of the District of Columbia is considering cutting the athletic program and several majors in an effort to save money and reinvest in academic programs. James E. Lyons, Sr., the school’s interim president who took the helm last March, said he wants the school to be “in tune and in touch with the priorities of the city,” according to the Washington Post.

Editors of The Hilltop, the student newspaper at Howard University interviewed Sean “Diddy” Combs about his latest project, Revolt TV. The media mogul told the students he wants the music channel to be the go-to station for all things music. Diddy, who was classmates with the school’s interim president Dr. Wayne Frederick, had this to say about the new leader: “I think he has a very contemporary, futuristic vision about education and about where Howard can still go and keep on evolving...I was proud of him and I was also extremely proud of the Howard University board itself realizing they needed to take a chance on someone who was a little bit more connected to the students and their dreams and goals.”

Two women were allegedly raped near Johnson C. Smith University, including one student, yet the school community wasn’t notified until a man was arrested and charged in the incident. The suspect has been identified as Fredrick Sullivan, who was charged with rape, kidnapping, sex offense, communicating threats and assault, according to a local Charlotte, N.C. news station.

 

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