Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Dr. Melvin Stith named interim NSU president

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — A new interim president has been named for Norfolk State University.

Dr. Melvin Thomas Stith was announced as the new interim president during a Board of Visitors meeting on Friday afternoon. Stith graduated from NSU in 1968 and has served on the Board of Visitors for the last four years. 

Right before the announcement, outgoing president Eddie Moore said the university faces a list of challenges. Two years ago they almost had to close down after being put on probation by its accreditor.

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President Moore said NSU needs to work on fundraising, increasing student enrollment and increase their operational revenue or risk increasing student tuition.

We asked Dr. Stith what he plans on doing once he assumes office: “Looking at the finances in terms of maintaining a balanced budget. Looking at infrastructure on campus what would be the appropriate set of capital improvements that we have to do,” he replied. 

A spokesperson for the Board of Visitors said they didn’t even consider other candidates for interim president, because they knew Stith would be the right fit.

He takes over as interim president on January 1.


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New Leader Named for Thurgood Marshall Fund

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The president of Delaware State University, Harry Lee Williams, was named Monday night as the next president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which raises money for and speaks out on behalf of public, historically black colleges. He will succeed Johnny C. Taylor Jr., who has led the fund since  2010, and who is leaving to become president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management. Under Taylor, the organization’s visibility has increased, but some have questioned his push for a close relationship with the Trump administration, which many black educators say has not backed policies that help black colleges or their students.