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Howard Trustee Says Historically Black University Is In Trouble

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The historically black university is facing troubles that could threaten its future, says one trustee.

The vice charwoman of the board of trustees of Howard University is issuing a warning about the historically black university which she says is in trouble.

In a letter published on the website of the Chronicle of Education Renee Higginbotham-Brooks wrote, "Howard University will not be here in three years if we don't make some crucial decisions now." The board's vice chairwoman went on to explain the school is in genuine trouble due to longstanding management and fiscal problems.

Issues cited included a lack of fundraising infrustructure to replace revenue lost because of decreasing enrollment. Higginbotham-Brooks also recommends that the university close it's teaching hospital which she describes as a serious drain on the budget. The vice chair also criticized university president Sidney Ribeau's job performance calling it lackluster resulting in a poor performance which has drained the university of its funds.

A spokesperson for Howard has refered all comment about the letter to board chair Assison Rand who is travelling and currently unavailable for response.

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