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. What’s the future of HBCU’s? It is a question that is being asked more frequently each year as historically black colleges and universities face a multitude of challenges and few resources. Presidential turnover at HBCU’s is high, which is leaving a lot of the campuses unstable and in turmoil. By the end of 2012, at least 20 permanent HBCU presidencies were either vacant or recently filled. President Joseph Silver of Alabama State commented on the phenomenon saying the issue of resignations is not to be taken as seriously as it is becoming. “ Let’s not try to read too much into the vacancies at this point ,” Silver told DiverseEducation.com , adding that some of the presidents at HBCU’s were due to retirements and normal attrition. “ I do believe, however, that many HBCUs are at a crossroad. One only has to look at enrollment, graduation rates, issues related to accreditation, alumni and board giving and the financial challenges many of the HBCUs face .” Most education leaders agree that lack of finance plays a crucial role in the turmoil and instability taking place at HBCU’s. “ Until HBCUs figure out ways to shore up income streams, the pressure to fundraise is always going to be great ,” Julianne Malveaux, president emerita of Bennett College for five years, told DiversEducation.com. Ronald Mason, president of the Southern University System, agrees with Malveaux and other education leaders about the lack of financial resources. “ Resources are shrinking and expectations continue to rise ,” Mason told DiverseEducation.com .  “ The issues are compounded at HBCUs due to our historic and current lack of access to wealth .” Are HBCU’s on the track towards extinction?    

High Turnover In Roles of Leadership Leaves HBCU’s In Danger

Many of the nation's 105 historically black colleges and universities lack of resources and a multitude of challenges have lead to an unprecedented number of presidential vacancies..

What’s the future of HBCU’s? It is a question that is being asked more frequently each year as historically black colleges and universities face a multitude of challenges and few resources.

Presidential turnover at HBCU’s is high, which is leaving a lot of the campuses unstable and in turmoil. By the end of 2012, at least 20 permanent HBCU presidencies were either vacant or recently filled.

President Joseph Silver of Alabama State commented on the phenomenon saying the issue of resignations is not to be taken as seriously as it is becoming. “Let’s not try to read too much into the vacancies at this point,” Silver told DiverseEducation.com, adding that some of the presidents at HBCU’s were due to retirements and normal attrition.

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