A few months ago, WSSU faculty departments from various schools were invited to a breakfast and were told of a new reorganization to become effective on July 1. The rationale for this change was to save money! Faculty and staff were told that they will not lose their jobs. This reorganization was not previously discussed with faculty or vetted by the university senate. Now is the time for putting this non-sense reorganization aside since DJ is a lame duck! The three schools affected should demand to place this ridiculous plan on the backburner until respectful, intelligent and experienced chancellor is hired. Donald Reaves has been an ineffective leader, so are the rest of his cabinet. The new chancellor needs to clean house by immediately asking Brenda Allen to step down and become a”psychologist”. Following her footsteps, Ivan Foster should be released of his duties immediately and a person with experience in HR issues should be hired. Fairy God Mother Deborah Reaves no longer plays any role in the hiring of WSSU personnel. No more hiring of friends and family members or children of the Board of Trustees, it should not be tolerated! Other administrative positions whose titles sound very fancy but persons carrying the titles do absolutely nothing should be immediately eliminated: Carolynn Berry (back to the classroom and team teach with Donald or Brenda), Dora (Kathy) Stitts who claims to head distance education and promoted to oversee the University College, and a secretary who has been hanging around Brenda Allen for the last few years (wondering why?) who was promoted to an associate provost position without the proper credentials, skills, and experience, Leticia Cornish. Leticia Cornish should be sent back to Health Sciences to answer the phone and do filing, skills that are more consistent with her ability. In fact, WSSU could save the million dollars by eliminating the number of worthless administrators named above and the other spouses of administrators working in various offices who use the maiden names in order to give the impression that they are not related to WSSU administrators. (By the way Gerald Hunter, ask your wife to move to Virginia where you reside and we could save some extra dollars in Human Resources.)
Nonsensical Quotes from the WSSU Journal
Provost Brenda Allen said that the plan will not affect students, their education or the faculty. The plan will eliminate the positions of two administrative deans and the administrative assistants assigned to them.
Corey Walker, the current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, also will lead the consolidated college. Walker said that “plan will help students enrolled in the education and business schools receive more of a liberal-arts education.”
It’s really a financial issue,” Allen told the trustees. “We have too much infrastructure for too few students. Once we take out this layer of infrastructure, there are all kinds of possibilities for students and faculty.”
“We are trying to infuse our students with a broad and deep knowledge and give them a view of the world and a view of society,” Walker said. “The new college will address that and help the university achieve its structured goals.”
You will tend to think that these two individuals will be on the same page! Brenda, its’ not about students, Corey it’s about students. The real problem is that WSSU has lost over 1500 students in the last two years, due to increase of tuition, student debt, inability to meet the demands of college, a financial aid Office riddled with incompetence, and hundreds of empty beds in the dormitories for a financial mistake of the construction of two dormitories poorly constructed and a decline of student enrollment, unprecedented in the history of WSSU. Brenda and Corey who were seen taken a few Imodium pills during the emergency meeting, are now frantically positioning themselves to justify their roles at WSSU. Neither one of them is capable of doing their jobs. Their hiring was prompted under Reaves patronage system to justify Reaves overstay at WSSU. Recently, Brenda Allen’s credentials have been scrutinized for embellishment and a questionable history of experiences listed in her resume. A few weeks ago, a faculty provided evidence of very shady practices in creating a course that was taught in a week and all students who were previously falling received an A! (See http://www.campusreform.org )
The devil is in the details
In order to cover her tracks, Brenda Allen changed the date of the course to show that it was taught from August through d December when in fact the course was created on November 20, 2012, right during Thanksgiving and a week away from the end of the academic term. Copies of Banner documents will be forwarded to the General Administration and the Attorney General for further investigation. Corey on the other hand, the new kid in town, handpicked by Brenda Allen to help her last a bit longer, will oversee three schools with the only short administrative experience of having oversaw a three-member department of Africana Studies at Brown University. After calling an emergency meeting by the WSSU Search Committee members (shame on you!), Brenda Allen justified hiring Corey’s wife who claimed to have experience in writing research whose business was conducted at home, very much like Ivan’s Foster experience of selling chemicals from his residence in Ohio to justify his hiring (See previous Blog entries at www.firedonaldreaves.wordpress.com). Obviously, the Brown connection is there but it has been degraded by the “abrupt” retiring” of Donald Reaves. Corey, it takes more than a bow tie to lead three colleges. Brenda, we understand that the upcoming investigation by the Department of Justice at the WSSU campus is giving you many sleepless nights. Remember the old adage: No rest for the wicked!
“The chancellor has done a tremendous job at the university,” Miller said. “He leaves the university in a strong place.”
Deborah seriously? Where have you been during the decline of student enrollment and the other scandals recently revealed? Are you in denial, suffering from early Alzheimer’s or simply stupid? Maybe you should also “retire”.
“I was happy interviewing Dr. Reaves,” Johnson said. “I knew he would be a good leader. I’m happy that he has a chance to retire.”
Mr. Johnson you are either a comedy or a Step and Fetch parody. Your daughter was hired by Donald Reaves so you could vote yes to any of his ridiculous proposals. But we are in agreement that he was giving a chance and be”happy to see him retired”. I guest retiring is better than saying you are fired! We are as thrilled as you are to see him retire.
After he retires as chancellor, Reaves said he plans to return to the classroom and teach political science courses. Reaves, a tenured WSSU faculty member, spent 13 years as a political science professor at Northeastern University in Boston. He has a master’s degree and doctorate in political science and public administration from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Interesting fact that needs to be verified. Reaves was never a tenured faculty and he may have been an adjunct while working at the Welfare Office in Massachusetts. However, since embellishment and lies are highly tolerated at WSSU, it really doesn’t matter much anymore.
More to come!