ECSU chancellor search begins

By Corinne Saunders

The Daily Advance

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A 23-member panel began the official search Friday for the next Elizabeth City State University chancellor whom officials hope will be on the job by the first day of 2015.

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The Search for a new Academic Leader at ECSU

"The Prophet" smiles at heart when he recognizes that the search for a new executive educator at ECSU is about to take place. Judge Becton has done a noteworthy job in uncovering a great deal of injustices that have occurred at the HBCU. However, the layers of corruption and nepotism are terribly deep. Remnants from the "old guard" continue to manipulate data and present themselves as dedicated academicians. 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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Sir/Madam, you are absolutely on target. This is one of the primary reasons why I doubt Becton. Why would anyone use the same people who were intimate with the former leader, to lead the university out of the quagmire in which those same people placed us? They are as responsible as Willie Gilchrist because he trusted them, which showed His utter lack of good judgment. Amen, to your comments on Khan, he is truly despicable while reveling in his power as he picks and chooses those upon whom he bestows favor. Becton cannot be so blind as to not see; this in turn makes him afraid to upset the proverbial apple cart. He is between two worlds, not really an academician, and no longer a judge. I’m just sitting back shaking my head.

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