A Message from the President

A Message from the President

September 5, 2017

Senior Leadership Changes

To the BSU Campus Community: As we move full force into the new academic year, I want to make you aware of some important changes at the senior administrative level, effective September 5, 2017:

  • Dr. Weldon Jackson has stepped down from his administrative appointment as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will join the faculty as Professor in the Department of History and Government in the spring of 2018. Associate Provost Guy-Alain Amoussou will immediately assume oversight responsibilities as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs until further notice.
  • Dr. Richard Lucas has resigned his position as Vice President for Institutional Advancement to pursue other opportunities outside of the university. Ms. Yvette Caldwell, Assistant Vice President for Development, will serve as Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement. A search process will get underway as soon as possible to recruit candidates for the position of Vice President for Advancement.
  • Ms. Karen Johnson Shaheed, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, will take on additional duties of the Chief of Staff. Attorney Shaheed has been with the university since 2007 and has outstanding leadership abilities that have served the Office of the President well. I am pleased that she will continue in her role in overseeing legal and governmental affairs, while assuming the important responsibilities as Chief of Staff. Please join me in congratulating her. 

I ask that you give your full support to Attorney Shaheed and to the interim appointees as they work to maintain the critical operations of these units during this time of transition.

Thank you.