This just in to the mail bag……

Victor Johnson Disgraces WSSU
Victor Johnson was removed from the WSSU Board of Trustees on Friday December 5th 2014.  He claims he is fighting this decision to help his school.  “I worked too long to help my school to just give it up like that” he stated in the WS Journal.”  The truth of the matter is that Victor has worked hard to place Brenda in the Chancellor’s position. He wanted to maintain the perks that Reaves had given him and his wife, Connie.  He wants to maintain his daughter’s job  who has been transferred to Corey Walker’s area to protect her.
There are important questions for students, faculty, staff, community and alumni.  How can Chancellor Robinson lead this university if Victor Johnson continues his campaign to magically continue to keep Brenda Allen at WSSU?  How can Dr. Robinson move to develop his administration in this environment? How can Dr. Robinson restore the much needed trust of faculty staff, alumni and community in the university if Victor Johnson, RaVonda Rann,Michelle Cook, and Corey Walker continue their quest to keep Brenda Allen as a provost now that she never made it as a candidate for the Chancellor’s position? How can Brenda Allen be trusted when it is well known that she fraternized non-professionally with Victor and his wife, RaVonda Rann who behind the scenes tried to manipulate the search process just like they did with Reaves? How can the University withstand such scandals  as this breach of confidence by Victor and the scandals swirling around misappropriation of  funds in the athletic and information technology departments  as well as the  grade changing scandal,  all occurring under Reaves and Allen’s administration. Victor  and Brenda its over for the two of you. Criminal charges might be pending for your unethical behavior. How can WSSU  recover from the embarrassments of this current administration?
Could Victor Johnson really believe that if he points out inaccuracies in the search committee that maybe the President will reverse his decision and give Brenda Allen another chance? The organization of the committee was perfect for Victor until he discovered that Brenda had no support.  RaVonda was in charge of making sure Brenda had friends on the committee. What went wrong RaVonda? You did it for Reaves.  The students were smarter than you thought.
Johnson claims that he had all along argued that thesearch committee was not organized by the Trustee’s by-laws.  Victor, SEARCHCOMMITTEES FOR UNC CHANCELORS ARE NOT DEVELOPED NOR RUN BY LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES.Policies governed by the Board of Governors usurp the local policies and are run by the UNC general administration and the president.  If questions develop they are directed to the Presidents’ liaison in this case, Anne Lemmon.  According to the WS Journal, Victor Johnson has been on the local board of education and the WSSU Board of Trustees collectively for many years.  If this is so, why is he having trouble with this simple concept of how search committees for the system are conducted? Why is he having the same trouble that Donald Reaves and Brenda had understanding that state universities are governed by state laws?
Mr. Sexton claims  in the Nov 30th 2014 Journal edition that , “Victor has been a supporter of WSSU since he graduated from the school in 1961, a trustee of the university since 2009 and won this year his fourth term as a member of the Winston-Salem /Forsyth County Board of Education .”  Mr. Sexton says “he has standing (and credibility) in the community….” Evidently, for Mr. Sexton, to go out on a limb like that he must have a personal relationship with Victor Johnson or individuals associated with the University that he is trying to protect. Mr. Sexton did  Victor Johnson leak the information to you and you passed it along? Claiming being protected under the journalist code does not exonerate you from your unethical behavior.
To really understand what Victor Johnson is trying to do,read the latest News Argus interview.A documented interview with Victor Johnson was conducted by a student staff member. Donald Reaves tried to suppress the responses by violating the first amendment rights of the Argus staff. He used his hard hand to impose a gag through the faculty liaison to the Argus. However, we have received the interview responses by Johnson which clearly indicate that he was unfit to continue as a Board of Trustee member and frankly as a WS/Forsyth County School Board member:
“Johnson said the committee was created to stack the odds against other prospective candidates, particularly Provost Brenda Allen.” 
Comment: What is Victor’s evidence that the board chair knew who was going to apply before the committee was formed? The real truth is that Victor, RaVonda  dalton Rann tried to discredit the Delaware candidate.  When they could not find issues with him, they released the information to the WS Journal, knowing that he asked that his name not be released and hoping to open the door for Brenda Allen.
“The ones like Allen have moved this campus forward.” “When you have those people who are in [WSSU] finance or athletics and such they don’t  give a d#@+% about Allen.”
Comment:  It is time that Johnson,RaVonda ,Cook, Reaves and Corey Walker drop the fight for Brenda to continue at WSSU.  It will never happen.  The student body, faculty and staff voiced many issue with Brenda’s candidacy  including the failed general education practices and policies, the ridiculous reorganization of the School of Education and Business, the problems with financial aid, enrollment, and her leadership presentation .They also spoke again her practices of nepotism.  In fact the faculty and students still question her ability as provost. As Victor indicated in this interview people in finance and athletics have problems with Brenda. They know her very well and she in unfit to remain at WSSU.
Johnson said “I am going to fight this all the way”.
Comment:  That statement within itself indicates that he is thinking of only Victor.  The university needs to move forward. It’s not Victor, Connie, or their daughter,nor RaVonda and her family or AKA’s, nor Brenda and her sister, nor Corey and his wife, nor Cotton and his wife that university should be concerned with.  The concerns of the university after this administration’s annihilation must NOW be the remaining students and the surviving faculty and staff and the success of Chancellor Robinson.
About  Lemmon and Joan McNeill, Johnson said “These two white women got Debra running around doing the wrong thing.” They  [Board of Governors} don’t like for Black people to stand up.  I am a stand up n#@%. I ain’t no house n#@%. 
COMMENTS:  This college graduate, WS/Forsyth school board member, WSSU BOT member with community standing is just as racist. It is our hope that the students see this fiasco created by Johnson, Reaves, Allen, Corey Walker and RaVonda Rann as a model that leads to failure and destruction of our University. We are also afraid of his impression on younger students in the school system.  His school board seat comes from district one, certainly an area that needs good leadership and support.
Brenda has already started to bully and push the faculty around in the name of the Chancellor.  In the November faculty meeting she tried to give the impression that the new Chancellor approved of the way she addressed the faculty.  We are appealing to all faculty, staff, students and alumni to stop the path that Victor, Brenda, RaVonda, Corey, Stitts, and Berry are taking.  SUPPORT THE NEW CHANCELLOR AND SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY. RUN BRENDA OUT WITH HER CRONIES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND HER SPECIAL “SISTERHOOD” GROUP.

Open Letter from Alumni to: Victor Johnson and Donald Reaves

Open Letter from Alumni

to: Victor Johnson and Donald Reaves,

In response to your statements in the Journal, Victor Johnson (61’) you have already disgraced your alma mater.  Not only have you disgraced WSSU, you and Connie Johnson have sold WSSU to Reaves, RaVonda, Brenda and her entourage, Corey and wife, and Michelle Cook. You, Victor, according to Ann Lemon, will be the first BOT member in the history of the UNC system to be removed.  It is hard to believe that you tried to pull the Forsyth County/ WS School system into this. Funny, you did not speak out about board participation until Brenda was NOT selected to be interviewed.

The alumni expected you  to  respect our university.  We did not want you to deter good change, but we wanted you to protect it from being pillaged by a lawless administration.

Debra Miller, thank you for standing up for your university.  It seems that you are beginning to learn what  Donald Reaves is all about.  You have been used, Debra. We hope you understand that RaVonda and some of the other BOT members (i.e. Burke) will stab your in the back to get what they want. RoVanda and her colleagues on the board have connections with Alvin Schneider who has spent his life since being forced out of WSSU trying to pay back. He is still using these two to control certain things at the university and he is very friendly with Reaves.  Please work with Chancellor Robinson, alumni, students and the faculty and staff to bring back the gloryto our university.  “This is a place of possibilities”, Martin 2001.

Victor and Connie, make this right by disclosing the role that Reaves, RaVonda, other BOTs and Brenda played is this scandal?  They have already distance themselves from you and are speaking out about what you did and putting the blame squarely on you. At least give your daughter something to be proud of despite your bitter end. We hope you are aware that this is a criminal offense. Understand, just as the financial and grade changing improprieties are being disclosed, we will disclose evidence of those involved in this crime.

Mr. Reaves, so you still think that you have built a foundation for further growth? We will take every opportunity to remind you and the world of what you have done to WSSU. The university will grow in spite of your 7 years of destruction, incompetence and your criminal behaviors including the:

  • Poor choices of board members (you brought Johnson  and Burke into the fold)
  • Employment of the worst deans, provost, vice chancellors, and administrators in the history of WSSU
  • Use of funds to build unnecessary and unoccupied buildings at a time when the university is in deep trouble with declining enrollments.
  • Burdens you and the BOT placed on students and their parents through increased fees and allowing student scholarship funds in the Foundation to be spent for other items (NOTE THE INCREASED FEES WHERE TO PAY FOR THE DJ BUILDING)
  • Change of grades to achieve the retention and graduation rates and to keep student athletes  on the field
  • Numerous lawsuits and EEOC claims
  • Complete degradation of faculty and staff and exodus of competent employees
  • Decrease in enrollment and therefore state funds
  • Lack of academic acumen demonstrated by you , your provost  and your  deans
  • Misuse of funds to keep certain people quite especially in athletics and Mr. McKenzie
  • Destruction of the academic programs.  Are you trying to destroy nursing before 12/31/14?
  • Cash Cow account 312-440
  • The  foul uneducated language  and liquor drinking on the campus by you
  • Nepotism practices and violation of employment policies
  • Manner in which you handled the Virginia State University student and student Johnson (and you call yourself a father)
  • Using the chief of police,Pat Norris, to arrest alumni who were within their rights
  • Way you have allowed the financial aid ,enrollment, admissions and the academic areas to be degraded
  • Internal Audit practices that assist in hiding  fraudulent  accounts
  • Your inadequate fundraising coupled with the inadequate skills by Michelle Cook and her gang who only attend banquets with family members instead of fund raising.
  • Fund raising practices that use faculty grants as if they were obtained by Michelle Cook.
  • University culture of secrecy, non- transparency, upper echelon arrogance and lack of shared governance
  • Fact that you have said on many occasions and in speeches and in the WS journal that the people at WSSU have no expectations
  • Fact that you, Brenda, and Corey do not understand what is truly meant by a liberal education
  • Mistaken idea that you and your family are somehow better than the people of the WS community

We support our new chancellor Robinson and he will excel  despite the things you are doing to undermine him before he arrives.

The mysterious “vault watch”….

Why did Donald Reaves keep this watch in his vault for more than six years? Why will Cook offer to sell it now when she knows that under an auction this watch could earn up to $10,000 for student scholarships.

Mr. ************,

Thank you for your email and your interest in Winston-Salem State University.

With regard to the watch, it is still in the safe.  I have attached here a picture of the watch.  Please note that the watch box is sitting next to a copy of today’s Winston-Salem Journal – just added assurance that the photo is in my possession today.

We have considered auctioning it a few times in recent years, but have not found an appropriate opportunity for the university to generate enough interest (and money) to come close to the value of the watch, estimated to be about $3,000.  We will continue to look for an appropriate venue for the auction.

In the meantime, if you have an interest in purchasing the watch, please let me know.  Your contribution of $3,000  would be a significant investment in students at WSSU.  Ongoing budget cuts  have had a major impact on WSSU and our students need the financial support of alumni and friends now more than ever!

Please be in touch if you’d like to know more about how you can purchase the watch.

Michelle

Michelle M. Cook

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement &

Executive Director of the

Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc.

Another HBCU having issues……

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/12/lincoln-u-pa-president-criticized-rape-remarks-has-more-firestorms-his-plate?goback=%2Egde_1203287_member_5938323743590858756

Commentary: “Sexual misconduct” is, perhaps, the most benign description of the felony crime of rape and it is unfortunate for a President of a University to obfuscate and minimize such a heinous crime with his comments. For those of you unaware of similar remarks at WSSU, Donald Reaves will often referred to lesbians as LUGs (lesbians until graduation!). This fact can be verified by Ed Hanes, ex Affirmative Action Office who has made these comments public in the Winston Salem community. This is an illuminating article that might help educate the entire Reaves administration about the serious crimes committed against women on campus. What I find more offensive is that when a person’s family member and colleagues are “gay” you would expect more sensitivity from the mouth of this individual.

Educating Mr. Sexton

Educating Mr. Sexton

Mr. Sexton needs to be educated in understanding why Victor Johnson violated the law and displayed total disregard to the search process which he swore under oath to maintain confidential. First and foremost, the Board of Trustees have been vested with autonomy by the North Carolina State Constitution from unnecessary legislative oversight and does not have to abide by open meetings laws as in other cases where the sunshine laws apply. Even the state of Florida is presently changing and amending the sunshine law to protect the privacy of individuals who are seeking presidential positions in their university system. Why? In order to assure that good candidates apply. Any top administrator from another institution would be reluctant to jeopardize his/her public stature by publicly seeking a new job.

Secondly, as the member of the search committee, Johnson signed a confidentiality agreement pledging not to reveal the candidates’ names until a final announcement was made by the Board of Trustees. In the case of Johnson, he maliciously and deliberately violated his pledge. Not only did he do this for a personal reason, his candidate, Brenda Allen never made the list so therefore, like a jerk, he went ahead and carried out his threat thus also jeopardizing Mr. Harry Williams who dropped out of the race when his name became public. I am certain that many individuals at Delaware State feel that Williams should not continue to be president, since for them, Delaware State is no longer attractive rendering him powerless to continue his presidency. I am wondering how members of his board feel about his decision to apply?

Third, the primary objection for disclosing candidates’ names discourages good candidates from applying because of the repercussions that they may face in their own campuses. Applicants for these positions are generally already in a high level position at other universities. Divulging the identity of the candidate may imply to officials and subordinates that the candidate is unhappy, thereby eroding the candidate’s effectiveness and indicating a lack of loyalty that results in a weakened morale at the candidate’s present institution. Confidentiality, one which Victor violated, increases the applicant pool, expedites the search procedure when there are more candidates, and ensures a careful selection of the candidates by the committee when excellent applicants apply.

Mr. Sexton, the candidate’s right to privacy and the responsibility of the search committee to locate a good pool of candidates trumps the public’s-right to know. Eventually, the public will be informed after the process is over. To allow the public to know before a finalist is chosen will result in a popularity contest by a general public that lacks the professional judgment to make such an important decision. For that very reason, Mr. Sexton, there are twenty two states across this nation that have statutory exceptions for the names of applicants or candidates for public employment  and are not in agreement with your fuzzy logic.

Mr. Johnson as a trustee should have exhibited integrity, but his record has been dismal because it has been driven by his own personal gains. His daughter was employed by the university because of his connection to Donald Julian Reaves, now a “persona non grata” at Winston Salem State University. Victor’s lack of integrity jeopardized our Alma Mater’s reputation. If you like Vic Johnson so much, let the Journal select him to be a member of your board but be careful what you asked for.

A reply to a Winston Salem Journal Article by Scott Sexton..

We just read the following article, and had to make some comments:

http://www.journalnow.com/news/columnists/scott_sexton/sexton-johnson-situation-highlights-creep-toward-secrecy/article_1f2d6272-6ae8-11e4-9d6e-738e51201c56.html

First, I’m really shocked that Scott Sexton of the journal would even pen such an article.

Although he does admit that Vic DID violate a confidentiality agreement, his response is, “Well, why do we even have these silly laws, why all the secrecy”? “Why is it against the law in the first place?”

The secrecy is required. The candidates being considered for ANY position, be that the Chancellor’s job, or a job at any campus doing ANY thing, the candidates must be kept secret.

Because in most cases, they have existing jobs that they want to protect. And every hiring manager has the responsibility to protect the names and information from getting back to the campuses or places of work that the candidates are currently at. Because if the existing places of work find out that their employee is out looking for a job, well things are not going to go well for the candidates.

What is astounding is, instead of digging further into what Vic has done to WSSU over the years, in addition to what he just did, which is what a normal reporter SHOULD do, he questions whether or not things should be secret in the first place?

Well, we now know that Scott Sexton has an agenda, that;’s pretty apparent.  It also makes us wonder if there is a connection between Sexton and Vic Johnson.

Got information on that or anything else? Send to wssuscoop@gmail.com .