Tashni-Ann Dubroy
Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy will assume her new position as Howard University executive vice president and COO on Oct. 2. (Courtesy photo)

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Howard University will welcome a new executive vice president and chief operating officer to the historically black school this fall.

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, currently president of Shaw University in D.C., will assume her new position Oct. 2.

Her key duties will include working closely with Howard President Wayne A. I. Frederick on items such as strategic planning and addressing initiatives centered around the school’s core values and priorities, similar to her duties at her current institution.

“Both Shaw and Howard universities have fostered a high-level of academic success, especially among African-American students,” Dubroy said. “Howard is among the finest of higher education institutions and HBCUs and embraces innovation in teaching, learning and service, endowing students with the knowledge and skills they need to be competitive in the workforce.

“I am excited about supporting ongoing strategic planning and advancing effective
inter-departmental collaborations to ensure an integrated approach to fulfilling the research and educational goals of the university,” she said. “I look forward to supporting President Frederick in achieving his vision for Howard University, learning from the campus community and being a valuable player within the Bison family.”

During her time at Shaw University, Dubroy was instrumental in strategic planning, revitalizing campus operations, budget performance and enrollment, helping the university to establish its first enrollment increase in six years.

Dubroy also helped to close a multimillion-dollar revenue gap and spearheaded the recent opening of the Shaw University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in partnership with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, helping to expand small-business development and economic empowerment throughout Raleigh and increasing the university’s presence in the city.

Dubroy holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Shaw University, a masters of business administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a doctorate in physical organic chemistry from North Carolina State University.

She has received numerous awards, including the 2017 CEO of the Year from the Triangle Business Journal and the 2016 Presidential Medal of Excellence from Kingsborough Community College. Dubroy is also the first recipient of the Spirit of Excellence in Higher Education Award from the Movement of Youth organization, given in 2016.

Frederick deemed her an excellent choice.

​”Dr. Dubroy brings valuable experiences to this position, a proven track record of success, and I’m ecstatic that she is joining my leadership team,” Frederick said in a statement. “She comes to Howard at a very critical time. As higher education becomes an increasingly more competitive environment, especially for HBCUs, her ability to advance innovation and strategies that lead to key outcomes and process optimization across the university will continue to drive us to a vibrant future.”

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