A new era started at Shaw University on Monday with its new president, Tashni Dubroy.
Dubroy is the 17th president of the 150-year-old Shaw, a historically black university with 1,800 students in downtown Raleigh. At 34, Dubroy is young for a college president; she is a 2002 graduate of Shaw, where she majored in chemistry.
When she was named to the presidency in June, some alumni expressed concerns about her lack of higher education experience. But Dubroy also won praise from board of trustees chairman Joseph Bell for finding $2 million in cost savings at the university, which has struggled financially like other HBCUs in recent years. Dubroy spent the last five years at Shaw, where she was a chemistry professor, department head and most recently special assistant to the president for process optimization.
She has a doctorate in physical organic chemistry from N.C. State University. She has experience in business, having co-founded a hair care company and a hair salon in Raleigh.
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Dubroy succeeds Gaddis Faulcon, who was acting president for a year and a half after the departure of former president Dorothy Yancy.