A North Carolina A&T University football player, Jermane Clark, was shot and killed last Tuesday night. Clark, who was a sophomore psychology major, was found on the street just west of the University. According to WXII 12, the shooting happened in the process of Clark getting robbed by two men. Currently, the Greensboro police department have two men in custody who are charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. According to HBCU Gameday, Jermane Clark, who played as a linebacker on the football team, is the third HBCU athlete to be killed just this year.
South Carolina State University was approved for the $6 million loan Governor Nikki Haley proposed about two weeks ago. The loan is to help SCSU stabilize its finances and cover some of the $13.6 million dollar deficit. While more money will be needed to help SCSU get out of debt, this is a first step as the school currently only has $1.5 million in the bank, which isn’t enough to pay its employees. But, the $6 million does come with some stipulations. South Carolina State must provide the state with audited financial statements for the next three years, hire a financial consultant and repay the loan within the next year. The University must also use the loan to first pay its bond debt, then payroll for employees and then other outstanding bills.
Texas Southern University has seen a 10% drop in enrollment, leaving TSU with 7,744 students and a $7 million dollar shortfall. TSU would need to gain 300 to 400 students for the enrollment budget gap to close. According to the Houston Chronicle, the enrollment has less to do with TSU’s financial state and more to do with the government limiting the amount to financial aid to college students. Currently, 85% of TSU’s students depend on financial aid.
In leadership news, two universities received new presidents and one university president is set to retire. Tuskegee University selected Brian Johnson as the 7th president, in a unanimous vote. Johnson will start his new role on June 15th, currently he is the Interim Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Austin Peay State University. “I am honored to have been selected as a servant and steward of a tremendous, powerful tradition and legacy,” said Dr. Johnson. “I see myself in the tradition represented in the Tuskegee man and woman. It will be a privilege to serve the Tuskegee alumni, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and most of all – students.”
Harris Stowe-State University has chosen Dwuan Warmack as its next president. Currently, Warmack serves as the senior vice president for administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University. He was promoted to this position last year. Warmack will begin his role at Harris Stowe-State on July 14th.
After serving six years as the president of Clark Atlanta University, Carlton Brown has announced that he will be retiring from his role, which will be effective June 30, 2015. The search for Clark Atlanta’s new president will begin next year via Atlanta Journal-Constitution.