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Shaw president: First 100 days have been 'outstanding'

Posted November 5, 2015

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— At 34 years old, Tashni Dubroy isn't much older than many of the students at Shaw University, but the chemist turned administrator has a clear vision for the future.

This week, Dubroy celebrated her 100th day as the president of the oldest historically black university in the South. She said her first few months on the job have been "outstanding."

"I am truly energized by the alumni and students who have embraced my avant-garde style of leadership," she said.

Many have embraced the new style of leadership created by the Shaw alumnus, but Dubroy knows some of the old guard of the 150-year-old university are still watching.

"When you elect a millennial leader you have to work with a large group of stakeholders you have to learn to engage," she said.

Shortly after taking office in August, the president had to deal with a budget and shift money which affected band scholarships. Students were upset, but Dubroy chose to meet with them publicly.

"In the end, the students realized that they had not lost," she said. "It was a reallocation that needed to occur that would affect financial statements, but in turn it is not affect their financial aid."

A woman of strong faith, Dubroy said she embraces the spirituality she feels on the Shaw University campus.

Now, overseeing a campus of 1,652 students and a $41 million budget, Dubroy plans to raise more money. She believes her analytical background as a chemist has helped prepare her for the new challenge.

"When you have a Ph.D. in chemistry, you have stood the test of time with a research skill set that you can use in the position of presidency," Dubroy said.

Shaw's homecoming weekend begins Friday. Dubroy intends to tap into that spirit to raise money for Shaw during the celebrations.

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