And now, maybe the campus can move in a POSITIVE direction.
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.
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.
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 M. Cook
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement &
Executive Director of the
Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc.
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
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.
We just read the following article, and had to make some comments:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .