Hundreds of students at Wilberforce University rallied against university administration a couple of months ago and threaten to leave school for nearby Central State University. Students, faculty and staff now plan for another protest during a ceremony celebrating the historically black institution’s 157 year history.


WILBERFORCE — The faculty and student government at Wilberforce University say they plan to protest Tuesday during a ceremony aimed at highlighting the private, predominantly black university’s history.

The groups are calling for the resignation of University President Patricia Hardaway as well as the dissolution and restructuring of the university’s board of trustees, according to the Wilberforce University Faculty Association.

The faculty association released a “Call to Action” document Monday afternoon listing financial and institutional problems it claims are threatening the university’s viability.

The purpose of the protest, according to the association, is:

“To protest the inability and unwillingness of the Wilberforce University Board of Trustees and the Wilberforce University President to lead the University and successfully manage university resources that have led to a significant decline in university revenue generation, enrollment and fund-raising, to severely declining resources and facilities, and to campus-wide distress, seriously jeopardizing the financial viability and future of the university. Groups are calling for the resignation of the President and the dissolution and restructuring of the Board of Trustees.”

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