NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Amidst controversy about administrative leadership, Norfolk State University announced a temporary new head of its nursing school on Monday.
Sandra DeLoatch, NSU's provost and vice president for academic affairs, sent an email to the school's faculty and staff, announcing Dr. Jessica M. Parrot as the Interim Chair to the Department of Nursing and Allied Health.
The announcement bid a thanks and farewell to the department's previous chair, Dr. Bennie Marshall, who resigned, according to Cheryl Bates-Lee with NSU. DeLoatch's email also said the school would be conducting a national search for Marshall's permanent replacement.
On Friday, NSU's Board of Visitors voted 7-4 to dismiss the school's president, Dr. Tony Atwater. On Wednesday, Suffolk Delegate Chris Jones -- who serves on the House of Delegates Sub Committee on Higher Education -- told WAVY.com one of many problems plaguing the school was a lack of communication between Atwater and the board.
Jones said one particular point of lack of communication involved NSU's nursing school.
"I was shocked that the Board of Visitors did not know the Nursing School had lost certification, and it had to learn about the problem from a third party,” Jones said.
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.