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  • Executive Cabinet
  • Shaw University’s strategic initiatives and policies are governed by the University’s Board of Trustees whose members are alumni, business leaders and community advocates.

  • Dr. Paulette Dillard, Interim PresidentDr. Paulette Dillard


    Dr. Paulette Dillard is the 18th president of Shaw University. Prior to her appointment, she served in various capacities such as department chair, dean and vice president for Academic Affairs. She earned an MBA from Belmont University and a Ph.D. in cell biology from Clark Atlanta University.

    Dr. Dillard is committed to the University's mission of advancing knowledge, facilitating student learning and achievement,  enhancing the spiritual and ethical values of students, and transforming a diverse community of learners into future global leaders.

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  • Shaw University's 2020+ Strategic Plan establishes a vision for the next five years with a set of transformative objectives, initiatives, and measurable goals to inform decisions on institutional priorities, investments, programs, and initiatives.

    • Enhance Institution-wide infrastructure to support the University’s mission and business ambitions
    • Optimize academic and operational processes to increase institution-wide efficiency and effectiveness
    • Improve student retention, time to graduation and career readiness
    • Develop new local, national, and global strategic partnerships that increase faculty effectiveness and engagement; diversity and student success
    • Create diversified revenue streams in order to drive the business process and support the university’s mission
    • Increase marketing presence with refined brand identity and value proposition
  • Executive Cabinet

    David Byrd
    David Byrd, CPA
    Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO
    Renata Dusenbury, Ph.D.
    Renata Dusenbury, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Dr. Ashton Cleveland- Shaw University
    Ashton Cleveland, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Marilyn Baldwin Richards, AVPIA
    Marilyn Baldwin Richards, M.Div.
    Vice President for Institutional Advancement