Dear WSSU Administration (2007- December 2014) and Board of Trustees,
The students, faculty, staff and alumni of Winston Salem State University have taken a stand against your so called firm foundation that you claimed you built at WSSU. We will not tolerate nor accept further ignorance of our university, your incompetent leadership, and your insistence that we become a little Brown University of the South. The war to remove the Reaves Administration has been won. The battle to keep Victor Johnson and RaVonda Dalton Rann from naming Brenda Allen chancellor was the decisive battle.
When you and your administration took over, the university lost its path to excellence. Donald Reaves sealed the destiny of the current administration with the recorded statement in the WS Journal, that WSSU had not changed its curriculum in 50 years. Educators and chancellors in UNC system knew that WSSU was in serious trouble when Donald was named Chancellor with a document that was doctored by Kevin Myatt and Ravonda Dalton Rann. They moved DJ’s name to the top of the list. This is a fact that was later on confirmed by Erskine Bowles.
Donald Reaves your legacy will be recorded as leading the worst administration in the history of WSSU. Your lies will be revealed. Your egregious use of the university resources to buy and sell favors from the WS Journal, board of trustees and certain faculty and staff will demand retribution. Your misuse of state funds and your pay off for silence especially in the athletic department will be revealed.
So that you will never forget that we know what you have done, the following will be credited to your administration and your board of trustees for years to come:
The DJR Building and Honorary Degrees
The DJR building will become a symbol of how not to run a university. It will always remind us of how someone from the North can put down the South and HBCUs, yet add no value to either. It will remind us that people will degrade the excellent work of others the way you and your administration tried to erase Dr. Harold Martin and his administration. The Donald Julian Reaves Student Center will be remembered as the building that DJ built on the backs of students and their parents. Your honorary degree will be remembered through the lies that you and Brenda told on the May 2014 commencement. How is it possible that you did not know about the degree to be conferred as Brenda proclaimed? The manner in which the faculty moaned and laughed at the thoughts of you receiving an honorary degree will be the manner in which you and your administration will be remembered. That was an act of paying back by Brenda, in the hope that she would be proclaimed Madame Chancellor. But we all know that you, DJ, hardly graduated from college and that you tried to hide that fact by refusing to provide your credentials to the accreditation agency. You even pressured a former Provost to cover up for you and he refused. But that is life, nothing but a mirror of your own reflection.
Nepotism, Favoritism and Violation of Employment Policies
You and your administration from the very beginning ignored North Carolina Laws that governed the UNC campuses. The only reason that Tom Ross and Erskine Bowles allowed this obvious disregard of policy and procedures was to destroy WSSU. Several broken policies and issues are now left for the new Chancellor to address. You have never followed employment law and policies. You and the Board of Trustees changed the WSSU nepotism policy in 2009 to accommodate friends and relatives, but you did not satisfy the guideline of the UNC System which leaves the university opened to lawsuits.
1. Victor Johnson, board of trustees needed employment for his daughter, Kim Johnson to minimize hospital and doctor’s bills at the expense of North Carolina taxpayers. You and his friend RaVonda and Brenda accommodated his need. In return Victor tried to push the search committee to recommend her for chancellor. But the faculty and students on the search committee Brenda supporting (Burke, Johnson, Henderson, Miller) board of trustees to succeed.
2. Vivian Burke negotiated a part time teaching position for her son who did not come to class and proceed to pass all of the students.
3. Carthene R. Bazemore-Walker, wife of Corey Walker, Dean of the College of Arts and Science is the Director of Science Initiatives and tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry at Winston-Salem State University. WSSU’s Nepotism policy states: Related persons shall not serve concurrently within the institution in any case where one such related person would occupy a position having responsibility for the direct supervision of the other related person. In contrast to the WSSU policy, Guidelines on Implementing Anti-Nepotism Policy, The UNC Policy Manual 300.4.2.1[G] Adopted 04/27/73, indicate. The question of “directness” or “indirectness” must be interpreted reasonably to accomplish the intent and spirit of the anti-nepotism policy. As a general rule of interpretation, no supervisory relationship between related persons should be permitted to exist where the supervisor effectively controls the terms and conditions of the relative’s employment, including promotion opportunities, rates of compensation, work assignments and evaluation of performance. The terms “direct” and “immediate” may be essentially interchangeable, for purposes of evaluating certain types of relationships; however, in certain situations, because the term “immediate” may connote only “first line” supervision, it may be too restrictive a concept to serve as a reasonable guide. Her Chemistry position violates these guidelines.
The position of Director of Science was not advertised and it is a made up position with tasks performed by others on the campus. All researchers would be expected to perform some of these activities such collaborate with faculty and professional organizations. Task listed in this job description such as interacting with government agencies, business and community organizations, and other institutions to provide teaching and research support is conducted in the Office of Government and Community Relations which serves as the university’s primary liaison with community organizations as well as federal, state and local government officials and entities. Office of Government and Community Relations’ mission is to continually demonstrate the value of Winston-Salem State University as an academic, research, and economic development leader and to facilitate collaborative efforts that benefit the community and the university If the university needed someone to be responsible for these duties there are many deserving individuals in biology who have advanced the university’s mission. She was tenured without applying for it. What a slap for those individuals that the Chancellor and Brenda have turned down.
4. Silvia Ramos-Cotton, Equal Opportunity Director, is the wife of Dr. Cotton Vice Chancellor of Student. Silvia is the individual who would hear EEO cases coming from Cotton Vice Chancellor area. The university has offered no GUARANTEE that a fair and non-bias RESOLUTION would be given to individuals from this area.
5. The university’s most famous case is Ivan Foster. He should be released of his duties immediately and a person with experience in HR issues should be hired. Foster was employed because Fairy God Mother Deborah Reaves is his children’s God Mother. The university has had to employ several individuals to do this his work. Once the university recovers from it financial problems of which these shady employment policies have contributed, Foster will be the greatest joke of the Reaves Administration. Example of Forster’s incompetence is shown in complaints from people who applied for jobs at WSSU, in some cases YEARS ago, just now receiving notice that the search was cancelled.
6. Brenda Allen not only created a position for her sister, Patricia Eaddy, she also created the department of Interpersonal Violence for her. The duties include: 1. provides services to students experiencing interpersonal violence; 2. ensures confidentiality and support; and assist students with referrals to our counseling center or community based programs. These duties can be performed by the counseling center. This is a serious waste of state money.
There have been others, such Hunter and his wife. Shannon Berg Henry, WSSU Director of Internal Auditor and Compliance Services, violated state and university hiring practices. Her husband Amir A. Henry was hired as WSSU Captain of Uniformed Patrol on June 30, 2012. However, WSSU did not advertise the job
vacancy until July 31, 2012 with an application deadline of August 8, 2012. WSSU accepted applications for a position it had already granted to the Internal Auditor’s husband.
Decreased Enrollment vs New Buildings
According UNC Dashboard and the WS Journal, WSSU has gone from 6, 442 student enrollment in 2008 to 5, 200 in 2014. The University is enrollement decreased significantly in the enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students. Reaves and Brenda have both made statements that the decrease was by design in order to bring in quality. Brenda like a parrot repeated your stament; “Bigger is not always better”. She also tried to bambozzle the public by saying that WSSU needed to rmeain smal in order to cover up your lost of students and reveneue. Did you say “Quality?” The WSSU fact book shows that in 2013 there were 4194 undergraduate applicants, with 2656 acceptance (met the WSSU admission’s criteria). However, only 728 enrolled. What are the problems? Since La Grande left there has been dramatic turn over in the admission’s office. Apparently Dr. Carolynn Berry, Associate Provost for Assessment, Research and Curriculum has been assigned the area of enrollment and has miserably failed. However, she has not failed in bringing her husband’s graduate students from Wake Forest and create a Wake Forest Pool in the outside modules near the tennis courts. These individuals come and go as they please without any supervision. And are often seen leaving to go to the health club at various times of the day. Their unit is nothing but a segregated trailer of people who have been privileged by Carolynn Berry who nare paid way above others in this campus. Some things have never changed, ‘white privilege”. Reaves and Brenda Allen have made the statement that the goal is to reduce the enrollment to 3,500. One would have to conclude that Donald and Brenda have very little understanding of the relationship between FTEs and state funding. There is a question of why should new new dorms were built if the enrollment is slated to be decreased. There is also the question of increased in student retention, it has been shown that grade inflation and grade changes account for this so-called success.
Loss of Programs and poorly structured academics
Every higher education accrediting body sets a standard for leadership of units dealing with academics. Those standards include appropriate experience and credentials.
Since Brenda and Donald took over academics we have witness:
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.
The most frighten change was the reorganization from schools to departments. The reasons given for this unsubstantiated move was the university would save money. The second reason was that there are personnel problems and decrease student enrollment in the schools. The faculty and the faculty senate advised against this move. This is an example of Brenda’s incompetence in managing academic units. Again this is an example of the poor academic decisions of this administration which is leading our university to disaster. Brenda was so sure that she would be named chancellor that she allowed Corey to build an empire through this reorganization. His first appointment to head the business department cast doubt on his experience and competence. Even more frightening Reaves put Corey in charge of the Ebola team. Peggy this is clearly an indication of what they think of you and the School of Health Sciences. Stop being a sycophant to Brenda and Berry and stand up to be counted. Your school brings in the money.
As recently posted in the WSSU Insider recently, a memo went out to all faculty members, begging them to attend faculty assemblies. Apparently, the faculty is so demoralized that they have stopped attending meetings and have expressed their discontent to the agenda items that can be summed up as public relation stunts that are meant to pump up administrators who claim credit for accomplishments that they had nothing to do with, rather than conducting real university business. Faculty were surprised to hear Reaves statements that the” general education curriculum was obsolete”, when in fact the curriculum changes that took place had to do with the format and not the approved courses. This is one more indication that Reaves has never understood academics, was never involved with the academic aspects in places he has worked because he was marginalized from participating in the real core of the academic business. In summary, Reaves does not have academic experience except a couple of years that he taught courses at Northeastern University in Boston, never received tenure, never was a chair nor dean, does not possess a degree in finances or budgets, but simply has been a thorn to the universities where he has worked. It is now that has come to light that university officials at Brown and University of Chicago have been happy that he moved to another place to act up his juvenile antics.
The mission of the University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL) is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual, professional, and personal lives of its students by providing exemplary academic guidance, comprehensive learning support services, and engaging professional development. In addition, in collaboration with WSSU academic units and community constituents, UCaLL offers continuing education opportunities to diverse populations on campus and beyond. Cathy Stitts has been given 45 positions to carry out this mission. The output of this unit does not justify the input. With all of the faculty and staff there should not be issues of advising. However, partying and drinking with Brenda and other types of decadent ”activities“ will get what you want.
Rudeness and Mishandling Situations
The manner in which the Virginia State University team was treated will follow WSSU for a long time. These young men on both teams look to the leadership of the CIAA, and the universities to show them the way. Ridiculing them in the media was not the way a WSSU Chancellor should have reacted. Making student Johnson appear in a news conference with Reaves defied common sense. This heavy handedness on Reaves part has played out in public with alumni and his opponents. It is hard to understand why Pat Norris, his body guard, did not advise him better.
The Winston Salem Chronicle reported that the budget deficit caused by WSSU Athletics will continue to grow while Reaves and his inept Foundation Board, spearheaded by Michel Crook, are unable to find donors that will foot the bill for the beleaguered athletic department. The November debacle where more tickets were sold because Reaves and his cronies were unable to read and determine the capacity of the gym and the Gaines Center has not been settled since most recently, a low level employee was fired to give the impression that she was at fault when in fact the root of the problem points directly at Reaves inability to manage, understand the academic environment, his lack of social skills and is incapable of friend-raising unlike his predecessor Harold Martin.
Brenda, following her leader has totally lost the respect and confidence of the faculty and university community. She is as rude as Reaves; ignorant as Victor and vicious as Ravonda Dalton Rann. As a matter of fact, they are both soul mates; they lie and then believe their own stories. Nancy Young, Vic Johnson and his wife, Rovanda Dalton–Rann and her husband, Pat Norris and her husband, Michelle Cook and her husband along with four or five WSSU Security Officers as chauffer’s attended the football game in Atlanta, GA. They stayed from Wednesday to Sunday at North Carolina tax payer’s expense. Did DJ say efficiency and fiduciary responsibility for WSSU?
Adding Insult to Injury
The latest insult is that DJ wants to stay at WSSU to teach. What a laugh! He has asked to be paid his regular salary while going on a “sabbatical.” He claims that since he is a tenured faculty, an honorary badge that the UNC System gives to all the chancellors of the system without any effort, breadth or depth in their discipline. DJ wants to come back to teach. He has developed a “gig” to claim that he will be back to teach in the fall. This is nothing more than a ruse so that he can continue to exhaust the resources of the university. Tom Ross, we will make you responsible if this is granted. Enough is enough, stop wasting our tax dollars. DJ has not taught in more than 25 years, he has no inkling as to what a classroom is and what is happening in his field. The only scholarship experience he has ever had is his 35 year- old dissertation about the Housing 1974 Authority- the Akron Case (Kent State 1981). That dissertation is now being analyzed to check for real scholarship or whether it was plagiarized or authored by someone else. What could our students gain form such a foul mouth individual who refers to the alumni as “ordinary niggers”?