Stating that historically black St. Augustine’s is alive and well, school president Everett Ward speaks head-on against an article posted online this week by HBCU Digest with a headline reading “Saint Augustine’s is on the verge of closure, trustees and consultants fear,” according to an interview with ABC11.

From WTVD:

“If you read the article you’d think the gates are locked, the lights are out, the faculty’s gone and there are no students,” Ward told ABC11. “That is a total misrepresentation of what’s happening.”

According to its website, HBCU Digest is “an industry leader for curating and breaking news in the HBCU sector.” (HBCU stands for Historic Black Colleges and Universities). The Digest also promotes itself as being “widely read” by university administrators, accreditation executives, federal officials, and “affluent HBCU alumni.”

The article cited anonymous sources and posts internal university emails that include budget figures and enrollment numbers.

While acknowledging the documents are authentic, Ward blasted the use of those documents because he said they’re out of context and incomplete.

“We had some challenges, but we’re on an upward trajectory,” Ward said. “We are very confident in our future.”

Head over to WTVD to read more.