Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clarence G. Newsome Named 13th President of Shaw University

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Clarence G. Newsome Named 13th President of Shaw University

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RALEIGH, N.C.

Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, longtime dean of Howard University's School of Divinity, becomes Shaw University's 13th president on April 1. Newsome's appointment was officially announced in mid-February at a news conference for trustees, alumni, students as well as the media.

Newsome, 52, says within 10 years he wants to increase Shaw's endowment to $50 million, quadruple its enrollment--to more than 10,000--and embark on a building program.

Newsome also says he wants to continue to better the 138-year-old university by improving academics, increasing research and raising money.

"We're going to grow," says Newsome, who replaces outgoing president Dr. Talbert O. Shaw. Shaw accepted the presidency during some of the university's darkest days and was the catalyst for getting the school back on a firmer foundation. Shaw, no relation to the name of the university, led the school for 15 years. The 75-year-old Shaw had planned on retiring Dec. 31 but agreed to remain until his successor was named.

Newsome is a native of the Eastern North Carolina town of Ahoskie and the son of a school principal. He received his bachelor's from Duke University. While at Duke, he lettered in football and was twice named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team. Newsome was Duke's first Black student commencement speaker, delivering an address called "An African Concept of Time and a Theme of Liberation in the World Community."

Newsome went on to obtain a master's of divinity at Duke, graduating magna cum laude. He took a year off to serve as acting dean of minority affairs and director of Duke's Summer Transitional Program for high school students. …

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