Shaw University Announces New President

RALEIGH N.C.— A historically Black college in North Carolina’s capital city has named its first female president.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Shaw University introduced Dr. Irma McClaurin as its new president to faculty and students Thursday morning. Board of Trustees Chairman Willie Gary announced the selection in a Sept. 6 letter to board members.

McClaurin, who replaces interim president Dorothy Yancy, was associate vice president for system academic administration at the University of Minnesota, and executive director of the Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center in Minneapolis.

Her hiring comes as the school struggles with debt which in the summer of 2009 was reported at $20 million. McClaurin said she would make fundraising one of her first priorities.