As the newly-appointed President of Shaw University at age thirty-five, she brings to her post an impassioned and transforming vision for the university and its student body. She has also elected to go against the grain with an intergenerational executive cabinet that demonstrates diversity in thought.
Dr. Dubroy, a highly accomplished educator, is a graduate of with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Rutgers Business School. Most importantly, she’s a Millennial with business acumen that merges the qualities of excellence in higher education with the professionalism of the boardroom.
However, as Business Insider recently reported, historically black colleges and universities are struggling with unequal government funding, declining enrollments and poor retention rates. Dr. Dubroy and her executive cabinet are determined to head off such situations arising at Shaw.
“We have our challenges with student retention,” says Dr. Dubroy, “especially with economically disadvantaged students. But I strongly believe that poor students in low-opportunity communities possess great untapped entrepreneurial potential. And as educators, we need to do everything in our power to ensure such collegians don’t fall into a future with no hope or career path.”
One solution Dr. Dubroy envisions may lie in a reenergizing campaign where the students are encouraged to adopt an attitude of innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit towards their studies, thereby building a firm foundation, one that ensures their graduation.
“Shaw University operates in one of the most profitable industrial corridors in the USA, the Research Triangle, yet not everyone has a seat at the table,” comments Dr. Dubroy. “We nurture our young people, moving them toward success and instilling them with confidence, imagination, and a positive self-image enabling them to realize that they have a significant contribution to make to this thriving hub of enterprise.”
“Millennials in academia are a reflection of a changing landscape in today’s workplace,” she continues, “where knowledge leaders and innovators are the twin drivers of entrepreneurship, a stance I want my students to adopt. I think we are the generation with a broad vision and a desire to transform our campus milieu and the world around us. We seek inclusion, diversity and collaboration in order to achieve exceptional results.”
About Shaw University
Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. Founded in 1865 by Henry Martin Tupper, the school’s mission is to advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, to enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and to transform a diverse student body into future global leaders.
For almost 150 years, the University has produced outstanding professionals who have contributed to the advancement of society. Graduates include college presidents, academic vice presidents, judges, lawyers, recording artists, school principals, pastors, and other notable persons.
Source: Shaw University