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Broad names WSSU chancellor
BYT. KEVIN WALKER
THE CHRONICLE ?'
UNC President Molly Broad
made good on her promise to act
swiftly in the matter of naming a
new chancellor at Winston-Salem
She named Harold Martin to
the position Monday afternoon
before a crowd of more than 150
students and faculty members on
Martin, vice chancellor for
academic affairs at North Carolina
Winston-Salem native glad to be back
A&T University, will take the helm
OH Jan. 3, 2000, near the time
WSSU Chancellor Alvin
Schexnider will start his new job as
head of the Office of Health Policy
Department at Wake Forest Uni
versity School of Medicine.
Martin will resign from his
position at A&T to come to
Martin's title will not be that of
"interim chancellor," though, tech
nically he will serve in that capacity
until June 30, 2002, by which time
the WSSU board of trustees will
have completed its search process
for a new chancellor. The UNC
Board of Governors must approve
a permanent chancellor.
Broad said Martin will be given
the temporary position for such a
long time to ensure that the school
is in "good, strong" financial
health before an intense search
process is launched. WSSU has
been dogged by questions about its
finances for more than a year and
was in the process of attacking the
problem at the time of Schexnider's
resignation on Nov. 18.
Broad said Martin's experience
and leadership skills were two of
See Martin on A10
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Angelou an 'inspiration'
. BY CHERIS HODGES
She has been described as
an inspiration. Her words have
moved heads of nations to
tears. But in a new book, it is
the words of her friends and
loved ones that moved beloved
poet Maya Angelou.
"It is a great honor,"
Angelou said when she was
asked about the book showcas
ing her life.
She said some of the things
people said about her in the
book made her blush.
"White people don't know
this, but black people do
blush," she said with a throaty
captured the essence of
Angelou in pictures taken in
various places she had visited
over a two-year span. The book
is simply titled "Maya Angelou:
The Poetry of Living." The
i photographs capture Angelou
living. She is smiling in most of
the pictures. The words sur
rounding the pictures are about
Angelou, but unlike her award
winning "I Know Why The
Caged Bird Sings," the words
are not hers.
Angelou's friends - and
extended family - which
includes the songwriting duo
Nick Ashford and Valerie
Simpson and talk show maven
Oprah Winfrey - all pay
homage to the award-winning
At first, Angelou said no to
the project. "But then, I'm glad
it is done," she added. She said
photographs always surprise
her. She never looks the way
she expects too. "You know I
think I am 5 foot 4, 110 pounds
and a very small waist," she
said in her Angelou brand of
humor. "I was that once."
But now, Angelou's found
much to like about the book. >
"Oprah's (Winfrey) intro
duction was very lovely,"
Angelou said. "The remarks of
friends who had known me for
decades, scores of years, were
Winfrey described the first
time she met Angelou: "To have
a heroine come off the page of
a book that by its own right had
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Churches' effort nets
$40,000 for PrinceviUe
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residents in historic town
BY CHER IS HODGES
The Ministers' Conference of
Winston-Salem opened its hearts
and wallets to the victims of Hurri
cane Floyd in Princeville.
The group raised S4O.OO0 and"
put it directly in the hands of the
victims, who are still struggling to
rebuild the historic town.
"Right after Hurricane Floyd,
the Minister's Conference put on a
drive to help the brothers arid sisters
who were affected.... We earmarked
our effort for Princeville." said vice
president Elder Lloyd Johnson, pas
tor of Ephesus Seventh-day Adven
tist Church, during a meeting of the
Minister's Conference held Tuesday
at First Baptist Church.
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School has acted on most
problems found in audit
BYT. KEVIN WALKER
THE CHRONICLE "
Winston-Salem State University has successfully and satisfactorily acted
upon most of the recommendations contained in a state audit that was crit
ical of the school's financial savvy.
The audit, which was released by the Office of
State Audit in September, found, among other things,
that WSSU did not file its year-end financial state
ment with the Office of State Controller in a timely
matter, that it failed to reconcile bank accounts to the
school's general ledger and that records for salary
advances and travel expenses for university employees
did not exist.
The audit prompted Chancellor Alvin Schexnider
- who will leave WSSU for a job at Wake Forest Uni
versity School of Medicine in January - to ask UNC
President Molly Broad for help in straightening the,
university's financial house
Broad responded to the request by sending Phil Gilley to WSSU to take
over the reigns as chief financial officer. Gilley, an employee with the Office of
State Audit who had been assigned to several other universities to help with
financial matters, is a member of the chancellors executive staff", but he
reports directly to Broad.
The schools chief financial officer at the time, Clementine Cone, resigned
soon after Gilley arrived.
Gilley passed out copies of a letter from Jeffrey Davies. vice president of
finance for the UNC General Administration (G.A.), to the university's
Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon. The letter was addressed to Schexnider.
"I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that Winston-Salem
State University has satisfactorily complied with the audit finding require
ments,..," the letter states. " I want to commend (you) and your staff for the
dedicated manner in which the audit findings were addressed."
Davies'also stated in the letter that he will recommend to Broad that the
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Board to decide
BY PAUL COLLINS 1
THE CHRONICLE I __ ' . ? ' ' .
The State Board of Education met yesterday to consider a recommendation
by the State Charter School Advisory Committee to revoke the charter of LIFT
Academy because of financial problems
Earline Parmon, executive director of LIFT Academy, a public charter in
East Winston, said Nov. 23 that school officials were asking members of the State
Board of Education to "hear our side of the story" and consider "the improve
ments we have made"
Meetings on the school's fate continue today.
State officials have said that the State Board of Education usually goes along
with the recommendation of the Charter School Advisory Committee
If the state board revokes the school's charter, the school would lose several
hundred thousand dollars of state local and federal monies. If the school could
not raise enough money from other sources to continue operating, it would have
Paul LeSieur. assistant director of the State Department of Public Instruc
tion's division of school business, said that Parmon had indicated to state officials
that the school would probably close if it loses its charter and the related state
local and federal revenues. Although LIFT Academy operated for years as a pri
vate school before becoming a public charter school, it now has more students
and significantly higher costs. LeSieur said.
Parmon declined to comment on Nov. 23 about whether LIFT Academy
would stay open if it loses its charter. She said school officials would consider a
number of options if the school loses its charter.
Parmon said the school has made significant progress in reducing its deficit,
and. according to its business plan, expects to eliminate its deficit by June 30,
2000. if the school continues to operate as a public charter school.
In July, the State Charter School Advisory Committee first voted to recotn
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