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Shaw Announces $100,000 Gift From General Baptist State Convention


Raleigh, NC – Shaw University received a gift of $100,000 from the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (GBSC) at the organization’s annual mid-year session in May in Rocky Mount, NC. Shaw and the GBSC have been linked since 1867 when it was founded to form an association to support the educational and missionary efforts of the black Baptist church.

Dr. Paulette Dillard

“We are honored to receive this gift from the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina,” said Shaw University interim president Dr. Paulette Dillard. “The Convention’s continued support over the decades is affirmation that Shaw is fulfilling our mission to prepare young men and women for the challenges of life with a Christ-centered education.”
Shaw officials say the gift will help the university continue to educate students of all backgrounds and prepare the next generation of clergy for service.
“As is the case with many HBCUs, many students at Shaw University are the first in their families to go to college,” said Shaw University Divinity School Dean Dr. Johnny Hill. “Shaw has provided a path to economic prosperity and empowerment to thousands of young black people for 152 years. The black Baptist church has always been an integral part of this success and many clergy members today received their degrees from Shaw. This gift from the General Baptist State Convention will help Shaw continue that legacy.”


(L-R): Shaw VP of Institutional Advancement Marilyn Richards, GBSC President Dr. Nilous M. Avery, Shaw Divinity School Dean Dr. Johnny Hill (submitted photo)

Shaw University, located in North Carolina’s vibrant Downtown Raleigh, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the Southern United States. Founded in 1865 by Dr. Henry Martin Tupper, Shaw is proud to be educating more than 1,800 students who will become the change agents of tomorrow. Our motto is “This is E.P.I.C,” as we are committed to advancing our mission with Entrepreneurial Thinking, Positioning and Presence, Innovation, and Customer Care. Learn more at


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Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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