Confusion, concern in administrative upheaval at St. Aug's

Posted April 4, 2014

— The shake-up that saw Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh lose two top leaders in two days has students worried and alumni at odds.

Dianne Boardley Suber, president of the historically black college announced Friday afternoon that she would step down at the end of May. Her resignation came a day after the school fired Angela Haynes, its vice president of business and finance.

"The last several months have been particularly challenging," Boardley Suber said in a statement. In recent months, the school has faced a myriad of financial woes that have led to cutbacks, a federal investigation and accreditation questions.

In response to a decline in enrollment and tuition revenue, the Board of Trustees cut more than a dozen staff positions earlier this spring.

"One minute they’re saying everything’s all right, the next minute it’s not," said freshman Zamir Andrews. "It's very complicated. Students don’t know whether to leave or not to leave because they don’t know whether the school is shutting down."

Boardley Suber noted those concerns, saying, "Faculty, staff and ardent supporters have continued to work together to ensure that the rapidly changing political and economic climate of this country not negatively impact the growth and expansion of the university and the uplifting of the wonderful students we serve."

Shamal Ayton, a freshman who transferred to St. Aug's in the spring said she plans to plans to transfer again. Other students told WRAL News that they, too, knew some who would not return.

The problems run deeper than just the financial. St. Aug's also is under investigation for allegedly providing false information on a federal grant proposal. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits the university, has also requested information regarding the school’s finances.

"We can’t do anything about it," a student named Brittany Allen said. "We just got to continue with our school year."

"Who knows what the future holds for this school," Andrews wondered. "I’m not sure. It’s crazy."


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  • trw30672 Apr 7, 2014

    Extremely sad day for mighty falcons , this lady destroyed our family . This institution was a family affair and she lost that. We must get back too care for the students , like the Prezell Robinson days. Looking forward to Home Coming to voice our opinion . Dr. Frank Godfrey for President!!!!!!!!!

  • Viewer Apr 7, 2014

    " bushido2298 Apr 7, 10:26 a.m. It's extremely saddening that "professionals" in these positions could be do deceptive and greedy. "

    I learned sadly through experience that competence and morality doesn't necessarily come with those who possess advanced degrees.

  • bushido2298 Apr 7, 2014

    It's extremely saddening that "professionals" in these positions could be do deceptive and greedy. All too often we see this behavior from people high up in the ranks of schools, business and government. The sins these greedy liars committed hurt the people that rely on them the most...the students. They deserve better, its a shame that they didn't put the students first, that is their true mission. I hope they are behind bars very soon.

  • vt94hokies Apr 4, 2014

    Toddler. Obviously I don't really keep up with Dr. Suber. I did state that she was a top notch student, and a fellow classmate at Virginia Tech with me. She lasted longer than the esteemed Holden Thorpe at my son's school. I don't know all of the details either.

    I knew that Thorpe was weak as they come. Suber has enough in the kitty to move on. Holden had the brain power, but not enough courage to clean up the mess at UNC-CH. I still love UNC-CH, but not many fans that write on here. Most have bowed out; gracefully. I really don't commend much on WRAL anymore simply because of some fans.

  • Salatheal Hasty Apr 4, 2014
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    she will go down as the WORST President ever of my beloved SAU...She tried to sell people a donkey as a World Class Throughbred during her tenure...Building new dorms when you can't the existing ones...Building a football complex and spending the money giving for it to do other things...Hiring the WRONG people and FIRING the people who care...her cover has been pulled back and she is exposed for who she really is...

  • brime26 Apr 4, 2014

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    She may have done a super job when she was in Virginia, But at St Augs , not so much. Her legacy will be that she ran this school into the ground.

  • vt94hokies Apr 4, 2014

    She lasted for 14 years up there. Her tenure is one of the highest. Obviously, some didn't do their job.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 4, 2014

    Great job? You are kidding also. Students not returning, stadium unfinished, company suing the school, employees losing their jobs, etc. Ken Spencer from Pinecrest got the basketball coaching job a few years ago. She gave him 2 years!! The team had just graduated 5 seniors when he got thejob. She rehired the former coach. He quit again. She hired another coach. She fired him after one year. The great George Williams has to get permission from her to train his world class athletes on the track that was named after him. Just bbecause you met someone doesn't mean you know her. Take a walk on our campus and talk to the students and faculty and ask them how great a job she is doing.

  • vt94hokies Apr 4, 2014

    Dr. Suber an I did a summer dissertation seminar together at Virginia Tech in 94. She was a top notch student. She has done a super job up there.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 4, 2014

    Better than you found it? Is this broad kidding? Prezelle Robinson was my president and he did a great job! Go Falcons lets move on. Can't wait for homecoming!