Howard University hires HBCU president as its new COO

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University in North Carolina, has been hired as Howard University’s new executive vice president and chief operating officer, Howard announced Wednesday.

Dubroy, who will report directly to Howard President Wayne Frederick, will be responsible for “major operational areas” across the university, for “process optimization” and for strategic planning in collaboration with Frederick, according to a release. She starts Oct. 2.

“Both Shaw and Howard Universities have fostered a high-level of academic success, especially among African-American students,” Dubroy said in a statement. “Howard is among the finest of higher education institutions and HBCUs and embraces innovation in teaching, learning and service, endowing students with the knowledge and skills they need to be competitive in the workforce.”

Raleigh-based Shaw University, Dubroy’s alma mater, is, like Howard, part of the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During her time at Shaw as its 17th president, Dubroy drove enrollment increases and closed a large revenue gap, per Howard’s release. She also led the opening of Shaw’s new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center with the goal of improving the small business climate in Raleigh.

Prior to her time at Shaw, Dubroy worked for the chemical company BASF before striking out on her own as a co-founder of the hair care company Tea and Honey Blends and the hair salon Element Beauty Bar.

Dubroy earned a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from North Carolina State University, a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shaw.

Source: Washington Business Journal