Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Howard University deans, trustees warn that the university is in serious trouble

Howard University It looks like things aren't going too well on the Hilltop.

A few weeks ago, a Howard board of trustees member sent a letter warning that the university, one of the nation's most prestigious historically black colleges, is in serious trouble due to financial and management problems and that "Howard will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now."

The Post reported that in response, Howard's president Sidney A. Rideau issued a statement saying in short, they are working to address problems. The president was unavailable for an interview because he was travelling.

Then earlier this week, senior deans alleged much the same thing, that "fiscal mismanagement is doing irreparable harm" and urging the firing of the chief financial officer and senior administrator Robert M. Tarola. The deans also said an October PricewaterhouseCoopers audit reported "grave concern about the quality of fiscal decision-making" at the university and that there were "certain deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting" and a problem with "internal control over compliance."

Rideau responded to the deans by saying "There is not any kind of mismanagement administratively or financially that is damaging the university. Unequivocally." The Post also reported that Tarola, an independent contractor, had earned almost $500,000 from the university for his services.

I'm no expert, but it seems to me if this many people are complaining about financial mismanagement, there's an issue somewhere.

Obviously I hope this can be resolved, as Howard is a very important part of our area, and has been since it was founded in 1867.

Photo by NCinDC

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a total rip off! If the allegation of Mismanagement
Are substantiated HU PRESIDENT RIBEAU, VP TAROLA AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND CHAIR BARRY RAND
SHOULD BE FIRED, ARRESTED AND MADE TO PAY REPARATIONS TO ALL THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND ALUMNI THAT HAVE BEEN
HARMED BY THIER AVARICE, GREED AND COMPLETE
DISREGARD FOR THE VICTIMS OF THIER
DISPICABLE CONDUCT!

MDP said...

This is a poorly written, reactionary article. Yes there has been mismanagement but to imply that a university with such a long standing history would be dissolved because of this does not even deserve consideration. Indulging in the idea as the writer does turns me off to whatever else they are trying to "report".

Andrew W said...

Are you talking about this blog post, or the Washington Post article? If you're talking about me (I wrote it and read the comments), I've only quoted those articles that I linked to and also included the University's response.

I included my opinion, but it's just my opinion. And in my opinion, the University has not satisfied me that they're fixing whatever may be wrong, or that nothing is wrong at all.