SHAME on WSSU Faculty Senate and Senate President Ludovic Kovalik for proposing a resolution to support UNC President Tom Ross. Faculty members know that Provost Brenda Allen and Dean Corey Walker initiated this resolution. Tom Ross has operated a dual system of governance by ignoring problems at HBCUs. Elizabeth City University, WSSU and other HBCUs in this state have been ravaged by administrators and Board of Trustees Ross did not hold accountable for their actions. There are MANY HBCU faculty and staff who have contacted Ross regarding problems and each time Ross and Thomas Shannahan proved their allegiance to HBCU administrators.
Had Ross acted properly, Shira Hedgpeth’s lawsuit, several EEOC complaints and DOJ investigations of WSSU would not have been filed or occurred. Likewise, several faculty members have resigned and sought jobs elsewhere because of Ross’ allegiance to WSSU administrators (Reaves, Allen, Walker). WSSU Faculty Senate and Kovalik were silent when foreign faculty requested assistance after WSSU withdrew their H-1B visa applications and either fired them or attempted to do so. The Senate was silent when WSSU CIO was accused of misappropriating funds and permitted to resign without facing criminal charges. The Senate has not questioned the financial instability at WSSU which resulted in an inability to fund scholarships and the university’s strategic plan. They were also silent when told that Dr. Cedric Bass claimed publication of his dissertation in his tenure portfolio and was granted tenure and promotion even though his dissertation was never published. Yet Dr. Olethia Davis was suspended and is now MIA because WSSU administration accused her of claiming publication of her dissertation. A Google book search of Davis’ dissertation proves publication by Louisiana State University (https://books.google.com/books?id=4L9FNwAACAAJ&dq=olethia+davis&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6QzuVKWtE6G_sQT44ILgAQ&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAQ). Bass has absolutely no proof of publication of his dissertation and was not required to provide such proof. If anyone has Davis’ contact, we know attorneys willing to file that multi-million dollar lawsuit on her behalf!!!
We encourage Chancellor Robinson to rid his administration of persons who oppose him and his efforts to change the status quo. We caution him of the coming of the Ides of March!!!
—-Copy of Resolution—-
Winston-Salem State University Faculty Resolution Regarding the
Transition in Leadership and Direction of the UNC System
Chairman John Fennebresque of the UNC System Board of Governors (BOG) in his press conference on 16th of January, 2015 suggested the need for a “transition in leadership” of the UNC system to move the University in new directions; and
The stated need for transition required the decision to replace Tom Ross as President of the University of North Carolina System; and
The Winston-Salem State University Faculty has observed President Tom Ross to exhibit exemplary, visionary and inclusive leadership of the UNC System; and,
President Tom Ross continues to lead the UNC System in the best interests of the University and the people of the State of North Carolina, in a manner that:
• Ensures access to the University system to all qualified students; and
• Provides higher education to North Carolina’s citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, in a manner that is “as free as practicable,” by developing and protecting financial aid and tuition structures; and
• Attracts and retains the best faculty and staff for all UNC campuses; and
• Builds a strong leadership team at the UNC General Administration that works effectively with the BOG to develop and support the capacity of individual campuses to fulfill their missions in the context of the system; and
• Effectively manages the system’s complex budget during a period of drastically decreasing budgets; and
• Strengthens campus leadership by selecting Chancellors committed to academic excellence and the respective missions of the system’s diverse campuses; and
• Promotes a comprehensive liberal arts based education that prepares students for careers and lifelong learning; and
The Winston-Salem State University Faculty Senate is deeply concerned that the unexpected decision to replace an acknowledged, highly effective system leader will diminish the opportunities to attract and retain strong, effective and visionary leaders at all levels of the University system;
Therefore Be It Resolved:
That the Winston-Salem State University Faculty expresses its most sincere thanks and highest respect for the exemplary work and leadership of President Tom Ross; and,
Be It Further Resolved:
That the Winston-Salem State University Faculty strongly endorses the manner in which President Tom Ross continues to lead the University of North Carolina System; and
Be It Further Resolved:
That the Winston-Salem State University Faculty calls upon the Board of Governors to articulate the rationale for their stated need for a “transition in leadership,” a transition that implies a change in direction that has neither been discussed nor vetted with campus leadership, faculty, or the people of North Carolina.