Fisk University placed on probation for one year

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:30pm

Fisk University is now on one-year probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, following two warnings issued to the school over the past year.

According to the SACS website, the probationary status continues accreditation for good cause, requests an additional report and authorizes a special committee to further examine the institution.

Fisk received warnings primarily based on financial stability and concerns regarding the qualifications of administrators.

On Saturday, the university’s senior leadership team made a presentation to the SACS Commission on Colleges Board.

“That presentation included strategic initiatives through increased revenue, which include meeting our goals for the annual giving program and kicking off our comprehensive campaign,” Fisk president Hazel O’Leary said in a press release.

“We believe the strong demonstration of progress made was a factor in Fisk’s continuation of accreditation.”

The university said that it will continue to be eligible for state, federal and foundation grant funding — and students will still be eligible for financial aid.

The university is in the midst of a five-year court battle to gain the right to profit financially from an art collection donated by Georgia O’Keeffe in 1949. The most recent solution proposed by the university is a $30 million share of the collection with the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark. — but the state attorney general is challenging the deal.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 12/6/11 at 3:13

Yawn. Nothing will ever change at Fisk or TSU, and everyone knows it.

So why do we pretend?

By: rldavenport@com... on 12/7/11 at 8:31

You're exactly right, Jughead.

By: Loretta Bridge on 12/7/11 at 11:31

the solution to ALL of Fisk problems is getting rid of Hazel O'Leary and her
hand picked self-centered Board of Trustees. She has been President long enough to have solved these problems yet they continue on. The sale of Fisk most valuable asset is not the solution. This college is in a city with a major museum yet the work has
never been shown at the Frist Museum. Former Congressman Bill Frist was even on the Board at Fisk University yet O'Leary found a way to run him and MANY other great people away. My question is WILL FISK ALUMNI STAND AROUND AND WATCH HAZEL O'LEARY LOCK THE LAST DOOR TO ONE OF OUR GREATEST UNCF SCHOOLS?

By: Trumpet on 12/8/11 at 6:25

Joe/The Collection: In response to comments by Loretta Bridge.

In the past I have agreed enthusiastically with your train of thought and your observations. But, this time I can only partially agree and mostly disagree.

No Institution like Fisk can have a comprehensive solution to ALL problems solved by, or caused by any single individual. I believe Hazel O'Leary to be a competent and strong leader who proved her value in-court, under oath, representing the university re: Stieglitz.

As for the Board, I have no opinion on their value or their competence, but I do know from experience they (Boards) are generally elitist in nature, and Hazel may be also. With me, that is a negative, and the Frist is even more elitist.

Normally Board members are usually strong enough not to be run-off by a sitting President. That is one of the reasons they go on Boards, isn't it?

I believe the current, but still unfolding Fisk/Steiglitz dilemma has been improved upon, regarding Fisk's ability to do business with it's properties.

This should open doors of opportunity.

One Heart!