HBCU Presidents on the Move

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  • James Ammons, Florida A&M University
  • Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Shaw University
  • Irma McClaurin, Shaw University
  • Julianne Malveaux, Bennett College
  • David Wilson, Morgan State University
  • Henry Lewis III, Florida Memorial University
  • Joseph Silver, Alabama State
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  • Sidney A. Ribeau, Howard University
  • Tony Atwater, Norfolk State
  • George Cooper, South Carolina State

Irma McClaurin, Shaw University

Irma McClaurin, the first female president of Shaw University, left her position in 2011 after less than a year into her tenure. Although the university called McClaurin's resignation a "mutually agreed-upon decision," complaints revealed that after she fired several professors it “caused major operational dysfunctions with academics.” Dorothy Cowser Yancy replaced McClaurin that same year.

(Photo: Courtesy of Shaw University)

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