Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Letters

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Letters

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Lending a Helping Hand

Thank you for calling attention to President William Harvey's excellent mentoring of chief administrators who later become college presidents (see Oct. 21, 2004). His grooming such leaders for a presidency bodes well for his commitment to genuine service in the academy. Lending a helping hand to others with leadership potential increases President Harvey's stature as president of Hampton University - one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in America.

The former president of Hampton University and Kentucky State University, Dr. Carl M. Hill, along with President Raymond M. Burse, also formerly of Kentucky State University, helped me grow professionally and intellectually. While I had no aspirations to be a college president (I would like to live a long time), I am grateful that these two former presidents helped me to become what 1 am today.

More college presidents like Drs. Harvey, Hill and Burse are needed to prepare another generation of leaders to build our great colleges and universities.

Dr. Leonard A. Slade Jr., Director, Humanistic Studies Doctoral Program and the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies Program State University of New York at Albany

Hazing and Pledging - Not Synonymous Terms

This is a response to the question asked by Dr. (Ricky) Jones in the Oct. 21, 2004, edition of Black Issues (see "Bl Forum") "Is it time to disband Black fraternities and sororities?"

This question reminds me of the often-heard refrain, "Is it time to disband HBCUs?" At this historical moment, the conditions or circumstances that led to the establishment of Black fraternities and sororities are still very much in existence. The noble purposes and objectives of all of the Pan-Hellenic organizations hold true today more than ever.

The writer seems to be of the opinion that hazing and pledging are the same. …

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