Virginia State University is "in trouble," according to a board member who has discussed issues about the historically black college with The Richmond Times-Dispatch despite what he said was university policy of letting only the board chair speak. The enrollment of 4,917 is down by 550 students (costing the university about $1.6 million) and two dormitories have been closed for the year. Terone Green, the board member who spoke out, said that a "veil of secrecy" is hurting the university and that the state needs to investigate Virginia State's operations. Harry Black, the board chair, said that while these are "challenging times," the university is working well to face various issues.
The news about Virginia State comes as many public historically black colleges are facing financial and political difficulties.
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