Dear Alumni Coalition,
Thank you for keeping your eyes on the University at this critical time. BOTs members Victor Johnson, Burke Debra Miller and staff members RoVanda Dalton Rann, Brenda Allen, Carolynn Berry, Corey Walker, and Cathy Stitts have disrupted the achievement of WSSU mission and placed the university at risk. They have put their personal agenda above that of the university. WSSU faculty members we are not able to speak publicly about what we know. However, the majority of the faculty have stopped attending meetings because of the lies we have been told and have provided us with information for the WSSU Insider.
The Reaves followers are beginning to distance themselves from him. Most of them did not attend Homecoming activities as in the past. They are busy trying to influence our new Chancellor. Faculty have expressed the imperative for Reaves and his cronies to leave town by December.
We also urge Tom Ross to take an inventory of the furniture in the Chancellor’s home and make sure that Reaves does not take the silverware with him. Also, we ask Michelle Crook to have Reaves return the watch that he stole that was given for WSSU to get money as an auction item for student scholarships. Michelle Crook claims that Reaves left the watch given by the Austronauts in a vault f more than five years ago. DJ that this is not your property and any valuables stolen with a price of over $3,000 dollars is a felony n North Carolina. You do not want to spend your retirement with some of your friends at Statesville, do you? Maybe Deborah does!
Victor Johnson has been as disruptive not only in the search committee but also as a board member that he has gained notoriety in Chapel Hill and Raleigh and has really embarrassed the university. Victor received a letter from general administration asking him for an explanation of why he impeded the progress of the BOT and the search committee. We heard that he threatened Debra Miller in a search committee meeting regarding her refusal to place Brenda’s name on the list of three recommendations to be sent to Mr. Ross.
Also,it is well know that the applicant from Delaware asked that his name not be revealed. As the WS Journal indicated, a source close to the university released information about the three candidates. Many employees in the Reaves’s administration point the finger at Victor, his wife and RaVonda as individuals who released this information.It is true, Brenda Allen, employed Victor Johnson’s daughter Lantanja Johnson as a University Program Associate for Enrollment Services at $35,420.Victor asked Reaves to employ her so that she would have insurance and other benefits. The mission of WSSU is not to support the personal needs of the administration and the BOT’s family. Many of our students do not have insurance or money to register. What did Brenda and Reaves do to help them? The answer is they raised student fees to pay for the DRJ Building and the Hill Hall Renovations according to the 2012 and the 2013 audit reports (Website).
RoVanda Dalton Rann, for 16 years has managed to incorporate her AKA sorority and have her family enjoy the perks by utilizing the Chancellor’s budget. She has given the board special privileges on the campus for their support of her in maintaining her employment. She signed Harold Martin’s name to a requisition for a large amounts of alcoholic beverages which was not discovered until after he left the university. She ordered textbooks for her niece and charged the university as if they were for administrators. Reaves, refused to fire her. It has been reported that she keeps a log on people to blackmail. She also enjoys forwarding anonymous letters pretending to be others. She and Victor Johnson’s wife were reported to the Winston Salem police and her fingerprints were being analyzed for a further investigation. As secretary of the Search Committee, she forwarded a letter to the search committee requesting that they hire someone to continue Reaves’ agenda (not sure what agenda that is except to destroy) in order to favor Brenda Allen as Reaves next successor. She also went on a personal investigation on the personal background of the Delaware candidate and tried to share that information with committee members in order to stop his candidacy by spreading unconfirmed rumors about his failure to get accreditation for the Delaware State College of Business.
Brenda Allen operates the division of academics from the theory “if it’s not working DESTROY It. If it is not what Corey recommends DESTROY It. Since she joined the university we have seen the destruction of much of the academic area. As noted in a previous Insider Post, Brenda led the Closure of the Child Development Center (learning lab), destruction of the graduate school, closure of the evening and weekend program, loss of several nursing outreach programs, decrease in adult learners, decrease in online courses, confusion around the gen ed policies and guidelines, non- productive advising practices, low and decreased number of degrees conferred in chemistry, English, music, African American Studies, World Languages and Cultures Department, and biology. Brenda and Corey can be credit with dismantling research on the campus. Corey made the statement in order to advance his own wife to get a job by claiming that “there is no research going on at this university.” Hence, from left stage his wife entered into the position of Director of Research Initiatives. Brenda Allen thinking that she would continue her reign gave Corey the perks that he wanted. The most damaging move was the reorganization of the Schools and College. The purpose was not to save money. Greater savings would have been achieved by not creating unnecessary positions. There is absolutely no value by Brenda hiring her sister. If you look at her Facebook page she is a loser and conniving just like her sister. Victor Johnson’s daughter, the internal auditor ‘s husband, Corey Walker’s wife, and friends of Dr. Berry such as Dr. Tara Kompare Pharmacy Director for the Wellness Center’s pharmacy, the director of faculty affairs, were employed through this system of pay for play. An analysis of the UCALL area will yield duplication in responsibilities both within the UCALL structure and with other supporting academic s programs. This study will yield the most unnecessary bunch of administrators in the UCALL ever hired in comparison with other universities in the UNC System. Brenda could have saved money from the unnecessary payments to faculty by becoming trained advisors. Many of the faculty did not take part in that advising process. So what did the tax payers receive for those payments?
What about Corey Walker? He is a bull in a china shop. His recent appointment of Notis Pagiavlas to head the business department is a sure sign that he is still a neophyte and not ready for an organization that assumes major schools, programs, and initiatives. The business faculty objected and tried to point out that Notis has not developed one initiative at the university. He is skilled at taking credit for the work of others. He likes to walk and stand tall to give an aura of achievement but he is another loser. Corey’s thoughtless move of engaging other universities to recruit in the business program is a sure sign that he does not understand the significance of the business department to the university. Doctor P where were you during the recruitment process? You only accepted the dean’s position after two of your other colleagues refused to participate in this big hoax. Corey is a carbon copy of Brenda’s inability to be a leader; they both enjoy bullying their way to manage. Lessons learned in the Brown University experience, where both were always underlings with inflated egos.
In searching the problems that caused the decreased enrollment much has been revealed.One of the major reasons is the dismantling of the enrollment management. WSSU website does not make any reference to enrollment management. The only reference on the website about recruiting is about prospective student-athletes. Staff indicated that student recruitment is now under Carolynn Berry’s authority. Who is recruiting? The majority of the recruiters have left for positions at A&T. When there is a discussion about enrollment, Brenda talks about bringing in Quality. Some employees in student admissions say that they recruit on a process called seasonal recruitment.What are these strategies? Maybe the strategy is to have Northern universities recruit on our campus and in our region in order to reduce the enrollment thus achieving Brenda’s goal of 3,500 students?Let’s not forget the general assembly was quickly moving to close ESU because of the drop in enrollment. It is simple; state funding is based on enrollment. Brenda, are you stupid?
Brown University is a private school without worries about state statues, taxes, funding and politics. Perhaps our Brown University colleagues think that WSSU can be re-chartered to become a private university. If we continue to chip away at our programs and use the funding to pay people (Ivan Foster) in positions that renders very little to the achievement of outcomes we will be the next system university to be considered for closure.