Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Barber-Scotia Shuts Down Campus, Administrators Threaten Lawsuit: Financial Woes Mount

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Barber-Scotia Shuts Down Campus, Administrators Threaten Lawsuit: Financial Woes Mount

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Barber-Scotia Shuts Down Campus, Administrators Threaten Lawsuit:. Financial Woes Mount

by John Minter

CONCORD, NC -- The financially troubled Barber-Scotia College has been shut down, at least for the summer, and its students ordered off the campus, said college officials recently.

"We are not open this summer; we are not having summer school," said Marjorie Carey, a spokeswoman for the college.

The college's financial crisis is being compounded by the threat of a lawsuit from administrators and faculty.

Most Barber-Scotia employees haven't been paid since the end of March. Only high-ranking administrators who received a portion of what they were owed said they will seek legal help and consult the U.S. Department of Labor about their salaries.

"We can sue for back wages and punitive damages and attorneys' fees," said Bill Madrey, president of Barber-Scotia's Faculty Senate and the college's athletic director. "I don't see how some of them are making it [financially]," Madrey added. "In some cases, both the husband and the wife work at Barber-Scotia."

On May 13, none of them officially had jobs. They were all "furloughed" and told most, but not all, will be hired back in the fall, said newly installed president Asa Spaulding.

The proposed lawsuit comes just months after the hurried resignation of the college's former president, Dr. Joel Nwagbaraocha. Spaulding said his predecessor's "lack of judgment" led to the college's financial woes including a $1 million debt and threats to cut off campus water and power.

Nwagbaraocha, who reportedly has taken a job in the Washington, DC area, could not be reached for comment.

In late May, Spaulding said the college was awarded a $300,000 challenge grant from the Cannon Foundation Inc., of Concord. That grant, however, is contingent on the college raising $800,000 of its own money by Aug. 1.

Officials here said at least $1. …

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