CASCADE PRESS (CP), Atlanta, Georgia, Today, Tuskegee University successfully navigated itself through a series of accreditation warnings notices imposed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SAC). This agency grants accreditation to the university’s degree granting programs.
Back in June 2015, Tuskegee University for the first time in its 135 year history saw its accreditation threaten. In 2015, SAC gave the university 12 months to resolve 18 issues. When Tuskegee issued it responds to those issues in June 2016, SAC found the university had successfully addressed 14 of their concerns, but placed the university on warning status for an additional 12 months so they could address the remaining four items.
Two weeks ago, John Page, Chair of the Tuskegee Board of Trustees told the Atlanta Tuskegee Alumni Club that the four remaining issues were financial issues that related to how the BOT handled certain matters.He pledged to the group at a banquet honoring Willie Slater, the university Head Football Coach, that the BOT would address those concerns.
Last month, Tuskegee University announced that it would not renew the contract of its president, Dr. Brian L. Johnson when it expires on June 30 this year.
Prior to the Tuskegee’s announcement that Johnson would not return to the university during the 2017-18 academic year, a story ran in Diverse Education indicating that Dr. Johnson had been fired by Tuskegee because, the university learned that he had interviewed for the Chancellor job at North Carolina Central University in his hometown of Durham, North Carolina.
The university later released a statement simply announcing that Johnson’s contract would not be renewed.
Today, Johnson, a master social media communicator, caught Tuskegee flat-footed again by being the first to announce the news. He did so via a twitter announcement.
As of our publication time, Tuskegee had not made an official announcement alerting its students, faculty, staff and alumni that the warning notice has been lifted.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round, edited Easier to obtain Than to Maintain: The Globalization of Civil Rights by Charles Steele, Jr.; and the host of Beyond the Law with Harold Michael Harvey. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com.