ECSU to start chancellor search

By Corinne Saunders

The Daily Advance

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Elizabeth City State University trustees plan to embark next month on a national search for a new chancellor, a process the trustee board chairman says could have a new leader installed on the campus by August for the start of the 2014 fall semester.

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The Search for a new Chief Executive Officer at ECSU

It is without question, Elizabeth City State University needs a complete makeover. The leadership has been in a quagmire of relentless inefficiency for far too long. As such, I salute Judge Becton for the numerous changes that he has imposed thus far. However, I cannot fathom why he would put so much trust and confidence in individuals like Benjamin Durant, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, and Ali Khan, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Each of these “questionable” leaders consistently provides scathing reports about the state of ECSU. The “Batman/ Robin duo” of Benjamin Durant and Ali Khan makes a mockery of higher education leadership and human decency. Benjamin Durant and Ali Khan conduct themselves as if they are beyond reproach. They appear to function on the premise that the entire education community is “hoodwinked” and functional academic derelicts. When it comes to ECSU’s financial deficits, it is without question, expenditures are filtered across the desk of Benjamin Durant. However, he conducts himself as if his hands are pristine and devoid of any irregularities with regard to the finances at ECSU. When it comes to the financial status at ECSU, Mr. Durant has covered his tracks quite well. However, his uncanny maneuvers will be availed in just a matter of time. Ali Khan is at best the “groundhog” of ECSU’s academia. He is a fair-weather friend who has no loyalty to anyone except himself, and faculty from India. His “homeland security” approach to human resources is nothing less than ludicrous. Khan’s loyalty to faculty from India is beyond question, even if they haven’t mastered the English language. To this end, students are the great losers. As the “groundhog” of ECSU’s academia, he only shows his real face during times of serious challenge. Then, he’ll slap a conning smile on his face and scapegoat with the skill of a masterful dancer. Are we all hoodwinked and cerebrally challenged? One must admit; the Gilchrist regime was a travesty to justice and higher education teaching and learning. Benjamin Durant and Ali Khan were indeed major protagonists in that era of ignorance and darkness. Why should they be exonerated for their lack of leadership? Is the “big house” off limits to public scrutiny?

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