Dr. Yvonne Moore Coston has been named provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Coston joined the faculty at Saint Augustine's University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. After earning her terminal degree in mathematics education and completing teaching, research, and service responsibilities, Dr. Coston moved through the faculty ranks to become a full professor with tenure in the Departments of Mathematics and Education. Prior to this new appointment, Dr. Coston was the vice president of Research and Innovation.

“Dr. Coston brings a full range of academic experience to the position as a tenured professor, researcher and administrator,” Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. said. “I have the fullest confidence in her academic integrity, commitment to quality teaching and her experience in working with accrediting organizations. At this critical juncture in the life of Saint Augustine’s University, having a seasoned and respected member of the academy lead our academic efforts is essential to the future of this institution.”


The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries in the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, D.D., General Secretary for The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) of the Episcopal Church, will visit with Saint Augustine’s University faculty, staff and students this week. During their visit, they will make several classroom visits and be guests on a panel forum scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Seby Jones Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be Living your Best Life in Challenging Circumstances. Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill will also be the guest homilist for Sunday, September 21 chapel services at 10:30 in the historic chapel.

The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill served as a missionary in East Africa where she also studied African Christianity and completed a paper on the Revival of the Church in East Africa.  In her work with congregations, Rev. Ifill has developed the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality, The Rites of Passage resource Rising Stars Experiences (RISE), an alternative to the School to Prison Pipeline and the Values to Live By guide for young people.   She has established a Clergy Leadership Institute for the recently ordained; an Institute for Learning and Advancement for the Sudanese Community and holds an annual leadership skills training conference for youth and young adults and seminarians.   Rev. Ifill is also the Episcopal Church liaison for Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College.  In 2013, Rev. Ifill led the planning team to design conversations and workshops for the state of racism event hosted by the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Mississippi. 


Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. will serve as the guest speaker for Voorhees College’s opening convocation program on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. Voorhees College will officially welcome their Class of 2018 during the convocation.

Voorhees College and Saint Augustine’s University are the only higher educational institutions affiliated with the Episcopal Church.


Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. has released his First 100 Days report. The report provides an update on the Office of the Interim President’s three programmatic areas of focus as well as key action items for the next 100 days.

To view the report, click HERE.


Keith McLaurin, a local Raleigh artist and a son of Saint Augustine’s University, recently presented a portrait on canvas to Interim President Everett Ward. McLaurin stated he was very motivated to do the portrait because Interim President Ward is a new beginning for Saint Augustine’s University.

“I commend Mr. McLaurin for giving back to the university by sharing his talents,” said Interim President Ward.


During a press conference on April 23, Rodney Gaddy, chairman of the board of trustees of Saint Augustine’s University, named Everett B. Ward Ph.D., interim president after a change in administration was announced earlier this month. “We have been focused in recent weeks,” Gaddy said, “on finding the best person to fill the role of president on an interim basis. In naming Dr. Ward today, we are confident we have chosen the right person at the right time.” “Dr. Ward is a son of Saint Augustine’s University, having earned his Bachelor of Arts degree here,” Gaddy continued, “and he has remained a strong supporter and leader, including serving recently as chairman of the board of trustees.”

“My top three priorities for Saint Augustine’s University are clear,” Ward said at a news conference. “I will roll up my sleeves and work hard to make sure all of our stakeholders are aware that Saint Augustine’s University is alive and well and will remain so into the future. I will also focus immediately on our students, faculty and staff to reinforce the wisdom of their decision to choose Saint Augustine’s University as a place to work and study and for alumni and donors, a wise place to invest. And, third, I will put together a team to undertake a thorough assessment of our fiscal management policies, practices and procedures and make recommendations to put us on firm financial footing.”


Today, Saint Augustine’s University signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This alliance signifies a joint effort by SAU and SBA to promote small business through education and community outreach. Both entities will work closer together to ensure underserved small business interests are adequately addressed in the area.

“I want to commend Dr. Suber who is truly on the cutting edge,” said Ms. Lynn Douthett, district director, United States Small Business Administration. “This agreement supports her vision of creating leaders.”


President Dianne Boardley Suber was named the 2013 Female President of the Year at the 2013 HBCU Awards sponsored by the HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.

“Few presidents have had a year like the one Dr. Suber just completed,” said Jarrett Carter Sr., founding editor of the HBCU Digest and executive director of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc. “She oversaw a transition from college to university, introduced several new programs and initiatives, and attempted to prevent the closure of a sister historically black institution. And she did these things with the same grace, honesty and intellect that have made her one of the nation’s most respected presidents and experts on higher education. Historically black colleges require a unique brand of care and vision from their leaders, and Dr. Suber is among the best at turning both into results and opportunity for her students and her community.


On June 9-11, university leaders met to discuss strategies and initiatives to plan for the university for the upcoming academic year.  The theme of this year's retreat was "A New Day, A New Dawning."  The retreat opened up with a very transparent President Suber sharing a snapshot of her upbringing and experiences.  This set the tone for the teamwork, and open, honest communication that was exhibited throughout the two and a half days at the North Hills Renaissance.  Faculty and staff participated in a variety of activities including a team building exercise modeled after the reality show, The Amazing Race.  Presentations were made by various university leaders and the newest board chair of the University Board of Trustees, Mr. Roddey Gaddy, Vice President of Administrative Service at Duke Energy Progress.  Mr. Gaddy closed the event with some thought about the type of leadership required for a successful university as he shared his experience with the transition of Progress Energy to Duke Energy Progress. 


Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr hosted a summit with chancellors and presidents from North Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to discuss ways to strengthen HBCUs. The Senators sought input on important education and workforce development issues facing Congress and welcomed the chance to listen to North Carolina HBCUs' chancellors and presidents.

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President Dianne Boardley Suber is featured along with other local college and university presidents in a Walter Magazine article on leadership. In the article, Dr. Suber, along with Jo Allen, president of Meredith College; Dorothy Yancy, president of Shaw University; and Debra Townsley, president of William Peace University, met together to talk about their experiences as leaders.

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a1sx2_Original1_the-notebook.jpgOne Book, One University, the Presidential Reading Program at Saint Augustine's University, is designed to create a community of readers among freshman students and to foster their relationship with President Dianne Boardley Suber by experiencing a hosted book/reading discussion. The Prezell R. Robinson Library Group oversees this project.

The first book is Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook." Read along and join the discussion at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Seby Jones Auditorium.

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a1sx2_Original1_suber_cardinal-club.jpgOn Thursday, Feb. 21, President Dianne Boardley Suber spoke to “Women on the Move,” a group of business women that included corporate executives, entrepreneurs and education administrators, about the importance of networking and perseverance. The event was held at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh.

President Suber shared her inspiring story of how she advanced through the ranks of education to achieve her current role as first female president of Saint Augustine’s University.  She expressed to the group that the challenges she’s faced in her career have molded her to be the leader she is today. President Suber also shared her vision of growth for the University.


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a1sx2_Original1_suber-and-lomax.jpgOn Wednesday, Feb. 20, President Dianne Boardley Suber met United Negro College Fund senior officials on campus to discuss their support of the potential St. Paul’s College acquisition. Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, and Mr. Early Reese, COO of UNCF, have committed the support of UNCF as Saint Augustine’s University works to create a unique model for other institutions with similar financial challenges. Saint Augustine’s University is still doing its due diligence on the viability of an acquisition.  A final board decision is expected early April.

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Saturday, Feb. 9, President Dianne Boardley Suber was honored by the Capital City Sertoma Club with a Roast or Toast affair. Throughout the evening, the audience enjoyed memorable stories, funny jokes and several touching moments as President Suber’s friends, family and business associates saluted her.

President Suber was roasted by Dr. Roland Bullard, vice president of Student Services and Development; Ms. Janette Johnson, director of the Saint Augustine’s University Women's Center and Title IX coordinator; Coach George “Pup” Williams, athletic director and head track and field coach; Attorney Sarah Ford, partner at Parker Poe and Associates; Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; and her close friend, Mrs. Patrick Noble.


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Faculty and staff members born in December and January celebrated at a birthday breakfast in their honor Wednesday, Jan. 30. The breakfast is hosted by the President's Office. Happy birthday to all those born in December and January!

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Saint Augustine's University celebrated Founders' Week Jan. 20-27. While wintry weather forced the cancellation of a few of the events, the week was still a success.

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Campus Events

Sunday, May 8: Baccalaureate Program; 6 p.m.; Saint Augustine's Chapel

Friday, May 13: Stone of Hope Gala; 7 p.m.; Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC; $100 per person

Saturday, May 14: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University Quadrangle