WSU president cancels meeting with mayor, activist after Muckraker story

Wayne State University campus. Photo by Steve Neavling.
Wayne State University campus. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson canceled a meeting with Mayor Mike Duggan and a community activist today after Motor City Muckraker raised questions about the purpose of the private session on Monday evening.

Wilson, who has come under fire for raising tuition, accepting a $25,000 bonus and failing to curb the rapid decline in black enrollment, declined to say why the meeting was canceled. The university’s spokesman, Matt Lockwood, also wouldn’t comment – a practice that has become all too familiar at Wayne State.

WSU President Roy Wilson
WSU President Roy Wilson

Wilson did not give the mayor’s office a reason for canceling.

Wilson was hoping to temper criticism of the university by meeting with the mayor’s friend and ally, Minister Malik Shabazz, who has led protests over tuition increases, black enrollment declines and a lack of transparency.

Shabazz said on Monday that he would not back down until his concerns are sincerely addressed.

“Most cockroaches do their work in the dark,” Malik told me. “When you shine the light, they run. Wayne State doesn’t want the public to know what’s going on.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.