Shaw Names Gaddis Faulcon Interim President, Extends Contract for One Year

Trustees at Shaw University yesterday appointed Gaddis Faulcon as interim president of the institution, extending his contract for another year while a national search continues for its permanent selection.
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Shaw Trustee, Attorney Willie Gary Wins Record $23 Billion Tobacco Lawsuit

Famed trial attorney and Shaw University alumnus Willie Gary last month won a $23 billion lawsuit against tobacco conglomerate RJ Reynolds, proving that the tobacco company was negligent in warning smokers about the dangers of their product, which led to the death of Michael Johnson, Sr. from lung cancer.
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Shaw Hosts Statewide HBCU Student Transportation Conference

Shaw University recently welcomed 50 student interns from North Carolina historically Black colleges and universities for a one-day transportation conference presented by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
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Shaw Junior Drum Major Tapped to Star in Tyler Perry Production

Timmy Richardson, a third-grader who stars on fall Saturdays as a junior drum major for Shaw University’s Platinum Sound marching band, last month landed a starring role in the upcoming Tyler Perry production “If Loving You is Wrong,” set to debut this fall on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Also known as Sho’Time Timmy, Richardson enjoys entertaining the crowd at Shaw football games. He has done a number of stage plays, TV commercials, music videos, short films, as well as independent feature films. Aside from filming the series, Richardson is preparing for the release of one of his projects, a short film called “No Child” written by Will Williams and directed by Rob Underhill. In addition, Richardson recently competed in a 16-week “Amateur Night” competition at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham hosted by the Apollo Theater in New York. After winning his first competition, Richardson is preparing to compete in the finals this month for a chance to qualify for an all-expense paid trip to New York to audition on the live show “Showtime at the Apollo.”

Richardson attends Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC.

Shaw Employee Hits Lottery, Pledges Gift to University

Shaw UA Shaw University employee recently won a $2 million Powerball jackpot in North Carolina, and has pledged to fully fund an endowed scholarship she started at the university last year.

Marilyn Fields, a Shaw graduate and executive assistant to the president created the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship in September, and plans to complete her giving to fulfill the $25,000 endowment requirement.

“For me, it was a miracle to attend Shaw University,” Fields said in a statement released by the North Carolina Education Lottery. “By awarding a student with the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship, I can give students who are doing the best that they can academically, but still need financial help, the same opportunity I had.”

Fields, who said she has no plans to retire, is a respected member of the Shaw community.

“Marilyn is beloved by this institution,” said Dr. Gaddis J. Faulcon, Shaw’s acting president. “She has been a faithful and consistent donor and has given Shaw her time, talent and money for nearly 40 years. She has sponsored students, given some money and has done whatever she can for those in need. We are thrilled and thankful for her. This could not have happened to a better person.”

Shaw Board Chairman Addresses Presidential Search Concerns

Shaw University Board Chairman Joseph Bell today issued a statement in response to a HBCU Digest report published yesterday on the board’s presidential search, and concerns over the transparency and management of the selection process.

As per the rules established by the presidential search process and reflected in the position announcement, our search process is strictly confidential until the next president is named. To date, Shaw University has made no announcement regarding its next president. The search process is still in progress. The Presidential Search Committee and executive search firm have completed their work and the process is currently with members of the Shaw University Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

I must, however, address the inaccuracies within the HBCU Digest article “Questions Loom Over Shaw Presidential Choice, Search Process.” First, the search was conducted in an exceptionally exemplary manner and procedures were followed to the letter. In addition, the rules of the search were not changed. Shaw University distinguished alumnus and Raleigh Hall of Famer Dr. David C. Forbes, Sr. chaired the search and H.E.A.L. Global Consulting served as our executive search firm. Mr. Zow, CEO of HEAL Global, Inc. and his firm received outstanding and glowing comments from the search committee chair and other distinguished members of the search committee for the manner in which he assisted Shaw University. He managed the process with the utmost professionalism, integrity and timeliness. To suggest any other assessment of the process would simply be untrue and inaccurate.

Secondly, each member of the Presidential Search committee executed legally binding confidentiality agreements and the comments attributed to an “unnamed” member of the committee are unfounded, unverified and would constitute a breach of that agreement.

Lastly, since the search process is currently with the Executive Committee, the full Board of Trustees has yet to consider any candidate. Therefore, a final decision on Shaw’s president has yet to be made and the comments attributed to board members are erroneous.

Questions Loom Over Shaw Presidential Choice, Search Process

Shaw UShaw University is expected to announce Anaheim University President Andrew Honeycutt as its next president, but questions are circulating around the choice and the process by which a finalist was named.

According to sources from the university’s board of trustees and members of the presidential search committee, Honeycutt was selected outside of a list of three finalists anonymously ranked by the search committee, whose names were never provided to the committee, or to the board for consideration.

“After the committee completed their task of selecting the top three individuals, the Chairman of Shaw University’s Board (Dr. Joseph Bell) changed the process and did not reveal the names of the candidates to the search committee after the voting,” a member of the presidential search committee told the HBCU Digest. “It is my understanding that after our last search committee meeting, we did not select the person that the Chair of the Board wanted.”

Honeycutt has led the online, for-profit Anaheim University since September 2013 and has served as dean of business at two online universities and as distinguished professor of business at Shorter University.

Committee members are also questioning the role of search consultant J. Allen Zow, a former Savannah State University executive who is the Founder and President of H.E.A.L. Global Consulting. According to its website, the Orlando-based company lists expertise in holistic health and organizational leadership, among other industries. Shaw’s presidential search is the only search listed on the H.E.A.L. executive search portal

“Zow gave out late information to the candidates and sometimes excluded vocal members of the search committee from the email list for meetings and interviews,” said the committee member.

University officials say that no candidate has been announced to the university community, and that there is no timetable for an announcement.

A call to Zow and H.E.A.L. Global went unanswered, and a voicemail box for the company was full and unable to receive messages. Dr. Bell, a Shaw alumnus and former Executive Vice President of Carver State Bank in Savannah, Ga., did answer a call from the Digest, but did not respond to requests for a formal interview.

Shaw Students Assist in Raleigh Redevelopment Plans

Downtown-PlanStudents from Shaw University were recently included in redevelopment plans for the City of Raleigh, as part of the city’s Downtown Plan Advisory Committee.

The students were welcomed to the committee’s April meeting and solicited for ideas about better amenities and services for inclusion in the redevelopment plans.

“Having this event was so important,” said Dr. Lloyd Williams, chair of the Shaw University Computer and Information Sciences Department. “Shaw has been one of the hearts of Raleigh’s downtown community for nearly 150 years. Getting Shaw students directly involved in making the decisions about how Raleigh will grow is crucial.”

HBCU Alumni Give Back to Help Schools Survive

Cindy Brooks-Parks graduated from Shaw in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs. She’s been giving back to her alma mater ever since became president of Shaw University’s Durham Alumni Association 16 years ago.

Brooks-Parks choked back tears as she described how much the school means to her.
“I love Shaw. It’s right up there in the top three – first God, my (family), and a Shaw Bear,” she said, referring to the school’s mascot.

HBCUs Slated for NCAA DII Basketball Tournaments

Champions of the two historically Black college and university Division II basketball leagues will enter the NCAA national men’s and women’s tournaments this week.

Livingstone College, a week removed from winning its first CIAA men’s basketball championship, will face top-seeded East Stroudsburg in the Atlantic region, and SIAC men’s tournament champion Tuskegee University will face Florida Southern in the South region. Both will open as eighth seeds on Mar. 15.

In the women’s bracket, sixth-seeded CIAA champion Shaw University will face Gannon on March 14 in the Atlantic region and SIAC champion Benedict College will face Nova Southeastern as the South region fifth seed. The East Coast Conference champion University of the District of Columbia will play Stonehill, and matches Benedict as the highest seeded HBCU teams in the men’s and women’s brackets, as the Lady Firebirds will also open with a fifth seed.

Virginia State University and Albany State University’s women’s teams earned at-large bids.