Is Howard University on the verge of closing its doors?

According to the Huffington Post, in a letter sent to her fellow Howard University board of trustee members, vice chairwoman Renee Higginbotham-Brooks warned that without immediate changes to management and leadership, the school could shut down for good.

The letter was leaked to the Chronicle of Higher Education, who published it on their website.

In the letter, dated April 24th, Higginbotham-Brooks wrote: “Howard will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now.”

Some of the decisions she suggested Howard University make were changes in leadership. Higginbotham-Brooks called for “a vote of no confidence in both the Chairman of the Board and the president.”

In the letter, Higginbotham-Brooks cites the lack of a fundraising infrastructure, the decline in student enrollment, and the expected decline in federal support as important issues need to be addressed.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private institution located in Washington, D.C. In U.S. News & World Report‘s 2013 ranking of historically black colleges and universities, Howard was ranked number two overall, and was ranked in the top 120 national universities for 2013.

In a public statement addressed to “Members of the Howard Community, Alumni, Friends and Supporters,” Howard University chairman of the board of trustees Addison Barry Rand addressed the leaked letter:

“As many of you are aware, recent news media coverage has publicized a letter sent by the vice chair of the Howard University Board of Trustees to other members of the Board, which unfortunately without proper context, paints an unduly alarming picture of the University’s condition.  As Chairman I want to assure you that working together with input from all of the University stakeholders, Howard University remains academically, financially and operationally strong.”

Rand, who is also the chief executive officer of AARP, acknowledged the increase in loan denials for many of their undergraduate students and parents, but said application rates remain high.

Rand said, “the board welcomes and is extremely sensitive to expressions of concern and input from various stakeholders.”

(Photo: AP)

8 thoughts on “Howard University Vice Chair: Howard Could Shut Down In Three Years

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  2. Reblogged this on TreeNTheForest and commented:
    It is true I am a student at Alabama State University and we have our own problems; but seeing as to how Howard University was my FIRST love I have this to say:
    I read this and a piece of me literally died….THE MECCA of all HBCUs……
    This can not be happening people….like what the hell is going on in the world? Too many of our schools are closing or merging as is but this is too much. If I live to see the day that Howard University is no longer a functioning institution I will truly no longer know what to do with my life….and I will for all intensive purposes have lost all hope in humanity and my Black people….

  3. The Alumni’s of Howard University, black athletes, actors/actress, business owner, etc., should be rushing to write checks to keep Howard door open. It funny how we take care of everyone but our own.

  4. msveenie on said:

    Actually, Howard itself is part of the blame. Colleges ALWAYS need incoming funds, or a VERY healthy endowment. If a school does not manage themselves proactively they wind up in Howard’s predicament. The problems have been known for years. The school administration failed to act on it.

  5. This is a D shame. Millions of dollars are raised every year for political campaigns all over the country, and this college can’t raise enough money. Wow!! Plus it appears no one is really concerned. No comments on this blog. If it was a story about celeb gossip, or a story about what President Obama should be doing for black people there would be lots of comments. Warped priorities

    • Ebony on said:

      I totally agree, especially about the comments about what the POTUS is or is not doing for black people. Every time I here a black person say that I always ask what is black people doing for black people? I surely have to ask that question here

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