ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University’s vice chancellor for operations and general counsel, Alyn Goodson, has been named as a member of the University of North Carolina System’s Executive Leadership Institute.

The 10-month program is designed to build the next generation of leaders from within the UNC System. The program will focus on providing an overall view of the system and leadership opportunities.

“I am honored to be a member of the first cohort for this executive leadership institute,” said Mr. Goodson. “Through this process, I hope to strengthen my leadership skills as I continue to support Chancellor Dixon and her pursuit to advance the interests of Elizabeth City State University and northeastern North Carolina.”

Mr. Goodson is a graduate of North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law. He began his work at ECSU in 2012 as assistant general counsel before being named general counsel. He was letter promoted to chief operating officer and general counsel, and he now serves as vice chancellor of operations and general counsel.

“Alyn’s hard work and dedication to ECSU has been invaluable,” said Karrie G. Dixon, ECSU Chancellor. “This is an exciting opportunity for him, and his work at the university.”

The institute is designed to share best leadership practices by building collaboration and partnerships among participants and their campuses. In turn, experienced administrators will be prepared for more demanding roles and re-energized in current roles.

As a part of the UNC Board of Governors’ commitment to diversity, the board’s Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSI) worked closely with the ELI leadership team with the goal of entrusting that at least one-third of participants would be selected from the System’s six HMSIs.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate, an assessment of the pilot experience and the benefits of a mentoring relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to pay it forward as mentors for future Institute participants, entrusting promising talent continues to develop across the UNC System. For more information, visit the ELI website.


Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor of ECSU.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University Chancellor, Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, has been named to the newly-formed national Women in Aviation Advisory (WIAAB) board by U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary, Elaine L. Choa. The 30-member board will be chaired by former U.S. Air Force Secretary and current president of the University of Texas at El Paso, Heather Wilson.

“I am honored to be a part of this impressive board, promoting women in aviation,” said Chancellor Dixon. “ECSU’s signature aviation program is intentionally addressing the need for more women in the aviation field and to be part of this national effort is an exciting opportunity for me, and for the university.”

The WIAAB was established in October 2019 under the FAA Reauthorization ACT of 2018. The purpose of the WIAAB is to develop strategies and recommendations that would encourage women and girls to enter the field of aviation.

The WIAAB will assess education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the aviation industry. Board members represent a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, including major airlines and aerospace companies, nonprofits, business, education and more.

Chancellor Dixon was nominated for a seat on the board by the University of North Carolina System Interim President William L. Roper. In his nominating letter, Dr. Roper outlined Chancellor Dixon’s leadership in building ECSU’s aviation program.

ECSU offers the only four-year aviation degree in North Carolina, and she has overseen the expansion of ESCU’s 11-plaine fleet, and the creation of the university’s unmanned aircraft systems, or drone, degree program.

“ECSU is a leading force in aviation, not just in North Carolina, but across the entire region,” stated Dr. Roper. “Dr. Dixon leads this institution with a strategic eye to expand its presence. She has served as chancellor for just over a year (including her tenure as interim chancellor), and she has already overseen efforts that have significantly revitalized the campus and expanded enrollment numbers.”

Prior to becoming ECSU’s chief executive officer, Chancellor Dixon served as a senior administrator at the University of North Carolina System Office. She arrived at the System Office in 2008, and in 2014, she was promoted to Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. In this capacity, Dixon was responsible for overseeing policies designed to promote student success and access across the System’s 17 institutions.

Chancellor Dixon was recently named a ‘Top Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leader of 2020,’ by the HBCU Campaign Fund.

About Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university attracts and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that educate and lead the students to become productive members of a global and increasingly independent society. ECSU continues to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region. For more information, visit www.ecsu.edu.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – The Office of Sponsored Programs at Elizabeth City State University has announced that funding for competitive awards has exceeded $5 million. Director of Sponsored Programs, Annemarie Delgado, says that at the end of the 2019 fiscal year, ECSU received 32 awards totaling more than $5 million, a substantial increase over last year’s 4 million mark.

“The grants awarded to our faculty and staff this past academic year showcase the various interests and strengths of our institution,” said Ms. Delgado.

According to Ms. Delgado, grant funding included programs such as Upward Bound, public broadcasting, aviation science, STEM education, research on African American history and more.

“In addition, ECSU faculty garnered some very prestigious awards this year from sponsors such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a study on African-American Cultural Heritage, from the U.S. Department of Education for studies of coastal habitats, and an award from the National Science Foundation to further research in plant science,” said Ms. Delgado.

The ECSU Office of Sponsored Programs has been working with faculty and staff to expand competitive grant opportunities, and offer support through the process. Their efforts, in collaboration with faculty, has resulted in high-profile grant awards that bring new research opportunities to campus, offering faculty and students a broader range of opportunities and ECSU more exposure throughout the world of higher education.

Ms. Delgado said that when faculty members write for grants, they will include students as part of their proposals. This means that when a grant is awarded, not only do faculty members receive research funding, undergraduate and graduate students also receive support and opportunities to work on research projects.

Including students in research affords ECSU students the opportunity to gain valuable experience. That experience can be translated into qualifying graduate work, as well as career experience, said Ms. Delgado.

“We are excited by the many opportunities that theses awards bring to our campus in terms growing our research capabilities, providing more undergraduate and graduate research and training opportunities, and expanding our research and lab facilities,” said Ms. Delgado.


About Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university attracts and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that educate and lead the students to become productive members of a global and increasingly independent society. ECSU continues to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region. For more information, visit www.ecsu.edu.

Individuals that define a visionary president are those who are cited for being committed to diversity, engagement with local communities, and committed to equality in opportunity. Mentioned are a few of those visionary leaders who are demonstrating a vision for the future of HBCUs.

Swiftly approaching her full first year as a Historically Black University president, Jerald Jones Woolfolk, 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri, is at the forefront of continuing the mission of leading LU as a 21st Century HBCU.

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, Ph.D., 20th President of Lincoln University – Missouri. Photo Credit: Jefferson City Magazine.

With a work experience of 34 years, and 15 of those years serving in senior level administration positions, President Woolfolk has served at several HBCUs prior too Lincoln. Her presidency will mark one year as of June 1, 2019. The Jackson State University alumna is passionate about the logistics of graduating students within four years of their colligate studies

Featured in the Jefferson City Magazine, Woolfolk stated; “I know the value of an education and how it changes lives and patterns of living. As a native of the Mississippi Delta, one of the most impoverished areas of the country, education was my path to a better life. My parents instilled in my siblings and me from a very early age that we were going to college, and we did.”

Woolfolk’s goal is to strengthen the relationship between Jefferson City and Lincoln University. She wants the community to know that Lincoln University is a partner in the future growth and development of Jefferson City. She currently serves on the Board of Director for United Way of Central Missouri.

Sworn in as the tenth president of Morris College on April 12, 2019, Dr. Leroy Staggers is also a first-time college president. For sixteen years, he served as Academic Dean and Professor of English.

The Voorhees College alumnus has served as the academic dean at Morris College for 16 years. Staggers hopes to work diligently to keep students front and center, in all his decision made. He also plans to build onto the great achievement of past president Dr. Luns C. Richardson, who served the college for 43 years. He died in 2018 at the age of 89.

Before joining the Morris College family in August of 1993, Staggers served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of English and Director of Faculty Development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. He has also worked as his alma mater as Chairman of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English. Also, Staggers served as Instructor of English and Reading at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Leroy Staggers pictured with students of Morris College.

Credited for her leadership with leading the institution to an increase in enrollment, improvements with tuition cost, and grant growth. Dr. Karrie G. Dixon took the helm as interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) on April 9, 2018.

Dixon, who co-chaired ECSU’s Working Group Phase 2: A New Direction, since October 2017, was appointed by University of North Carolina System Past President, Margaret Spellings. Prior to joining the UNC System, Dixon served a total of 10 years combined at two other UNC campuses. She was an assistance vice provost at North Carolina State University and remains and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education. Dixon received her bachelor’s from NC State University.

Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.

Rebounding the institution from low enrollment and financial difficulties, after a year Dixon was named by UNC Board of Governors as Chancellor. On Friday, September 6, she will become the 7th chancellor installed and the second woman to hold the position.

ECSU is one of three UNC campuses that is a part of providing $500 tuition per semester in encouraging North Carolina high school graduates to further their education at their institution.

Named as ‘HBCU Male President of the Year’ on numerous occasions, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah exemplifies visionary onward. Serving as the 14th President of Virginia State University since February 1, 2016, Abdullah has proven VSU to its best values and continued growth for long-term success.

Under Abdullah’s leadership, the University had a 30 percent increase in fall 2016 enrollment. In 2017, the University’s first-time Freshmen increased nearly 50 percent than the number in 2015. Previously served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University, he has also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University, and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at FAMU.

An HBCU graduate himself, Abdullah received his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He also is recognized as the youngest African American to earn a Ph.D. in engineering.

Quoted by him; “I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.”

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D.


ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Engineer, STEM advocate, high education and civic leader, public speaker and former president of Alabama State University Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd to serve as the 128th Founders Day Convocation at Elizabeth City State University on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

According to a press release by the University, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd is an engineer and is described as a dynamic and relevant leader, a prolific motivational speaker, a powerful preacher and a prominent advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Boyd earned her B.S. from Alabama State University with a major in mathematics and a double minor in physics and music. She received a fellowship and was the first African-American female to earn to M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. She has earned both the M. Div. and D. Min. Degrees from Howard University.

Boyd’s professional career of more than three decades at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory was highlighted by exemplary leadership and dedicated service as part of engineering teams. Body was a direct report to the President of Johns Hopkins University serving as chiar of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council from 2001-2014.

Body returned to her alma mater in 2014 and for three years she served as the 14th and first female president of ASU. Highlights of her presidency included getting the university its very first engineering degree program with approval for a BS in biomedical engineering. Boyd and her team got the university removed from SACSCOC warning status from previous financial instability. The largest freshman class was documented during her tenure.

Body is a nationally recognized champion of education, especially as it relates to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. Boyd was nominated by President Barack Obama and received U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as a trustee to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 2009 and later to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans in 2014.

Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She serves on the ministerial staff at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, MD.

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd was elected to serve from 2000-2004 as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an international organization of more than 250,000 members. Known as the “Technology President,” Boyd helped to established technology in all facets of the sorority’s activities and administration. Her four-year tenure as presidents included a number of transformative accomplishment, including the launching of Project SEE (Science in Everyday Experiences), an initiative funded by a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant with a goal of promoting math and science for middle school African-American girls. She also led the sorority’s humanitarian and education advocacy efforts in various parts of Africa, including Swaziland, Lesotho and Soweto, South Africa. In 2013, Boyd served as chair of the sorority’s Centennial Celebration, which involved organizing a year-long series of events culminating in a Washington, D.C.-based convention that drew more than 40,000 participants from around the world.

Dr. Boyd has been awarded two honorary doctorates; The Carver Medal from Simpson College; Congressional recognitions; 30 “Keys to the City”; a Key to the “State of Florida”; declaration of Gwendolyn E. Body Day in eight city; leadership awards and professional awards for her achievements in the fields of engineering, higher education and community activism. She is a member of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Capital City Chapter of the Links, Inc., and Leadership Greater Washington.


CHAPEL HILL –  The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System announced on December 14, 2018, that Dr. Karrie Gibson Dixon has been selected as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University. The decision was made following a vote held by the Board during its regular meeting. Dr. Dixon, who has held the title of interim chancellor since April 8, 2018, will assume her new role effective immediately.

“Dr. Karrie Dixon’s experience, passion, and proven track record of success is exactly what ECSU needs, and I’m thrilled that she will be the next chancellor,” said President Margaret Spellings, UNC System President. “As interim, she has led an institution on the rebound, and I have the highest confidence that she and her team will continue to build a bright future for a proud pillar of northeastern North Carolina.”

Dixon was selected by Spellings from among three final candidates for the position chosen by an 18-person search committee of the ECSU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students, community members, and a representative of the UNC Board of Governors.

“I have said it many times before, but Dr. Karrie Dixon is a true ‘rock star’ in higher education, and there’s no one better to lead Elizabeth City State University going forward,” said Harry Smith, UNC Board of Governors Chair. “The Board and I are excited about the future of ECSU under her leadership.”

Dr. Dixon becomes Elizabeth City State University’s twelfth chief execuitve officer, succeeding previous Chancellor Dr. Thomas Conway, Jr., who served from 2016-2018. She is the second female to serve in his capacity, following in the footsteps of Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones.

“We are excited to name Dr. Dixon as the seventh chancellor of Elizabeth City State University,” said Harold Barnes, ECSU Board of Trustees Chair, who served as chair of the ECSU Chancellor Search Committee. “Dr. Dixon brings a deep commitment toward building an outstanding experience for students, as well as an uncompromising dedication to create an environment of accountability and shared governance that will serve ECSU and the community well. The Board  is eager to work with Chancellor Dixon to advance ECSU.”

Prior to her appointment as interim chancellor, Dr. Dixon served as co-lead on the ECSU New Directions Phrase 2 Operational Team since early 2017.

“I am deeply honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as the next chancellor of Elizabeth City State University,” said Dr. Dixon. “I’d like to thank the UNC Board of Governors and President Margaret Spellings for entrusting in me the opportunity to lead this great university. I look forward to working with the ECSU Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the community as we continue to move ECSU in the right direction.”

About Elizabeth City State University

ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, will be the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead our students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU will continue to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region. For more information, visit www.ecsu.edu.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Starting January 2019, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is offering its first online Masters of Education degree program.

The 100 percent online program will offer two concentrations, one for teacher leaders, and another for initial certification. With total tuition less than $7,000 they are some of the most affordable online graduate teaching programs in the region.

The initial certification program is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree that wants to become elementary school teachers. For people interested in teaching middle and high school, for specific subjects, this route may also be utilized to attain licensure from which additional endorsements can be added.

The concentration in Teacher Leadership is for current classroom teachers with three years of experience. It will facilitate the submittal of portfolios for National Board Certification, which in North Carolina provides for a 12 percent salary increase. An add-on endorsement for a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist is also integrated within this degree and it allows teachers to advance their careers as central office administrators or in non-principal school leadership roles.

“Initial response has been outstanding,” said Dr. Timoth Goodale, ECSU’s director of graduate studies. “Over 50 potential students have initiated their admissions applications for the graduate program and there is over a 1000 percent increase in number of students that have accepted their place in the program, compared to the fall admissions cycle.”

Due to this initial interest, ECSU is opening admissions window for one more week from Nov. 26 through Dec. 3, to allow students to complete their applications and to open the opportunity to apply to those just discovering the degree program.

For more information about ECSU’s graduate program and admissions requirements, go online to www.ecsu.edu/academics/graduate or contact Dr. Timothy Goodale, Director of Graduate Studies at tagoodale@ecsu.edu.

Elizabeth City State University

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) is on a continuous rise to success. The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors has approved the appropriation of $2.3 million for ECSU, the largest allocation of repair and renovation funding for the institution in over a decade.

According to a press release by the university, during its July meeting in Chapel Hill Friday, July 27, the Board of Governors approved the funds for repair and renovation on the ECSU campus.

“This is great news for the University,” said ECSU Interim Chancellor Dr. Karrie Dixon. “This is the largest percentage of the UNC Systems repair and renovation funding pool that ECSU has ever received, and the largest increase since 2007.”

Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith has been working ECSU as a member of the New Directors: Phrase 2 Working Group, launched last fall. Smith, a Greenville-based businessman, has helped steer ECSU toward campus-wide improvements, including his support for renovations and repairs.

“This funding will go a long way toward the future of ECSU,” said Smith. “The Board of Governors has confidence in the University’s new direction, in its leadership under the guidance of Dr. Dixon.”

Governor Darrell Allison also voiced his support for the appropriation and is excited that ECSU is receiving a level of funding it has not seen in over a decade.

“This tangible support from the state demonstrates that the UNC Board of Governors are serious about our overall investment strategy for ECSU,” said Allison. Moreover, it’s important to note that but for the strong advocacy demonstrated by Dr. Dixon on behalf of ECSU, I don’t think that support at this level materializes. It cannot be overstated enough that Dr. Dixon and her leadership team have been exceptional during this entire process.”

Dixon said the ECSU community is grateful for the confidence and support shown by the governors.

“I would like to thank President (Margaret) Spellings, the UNC Board of Governors, and the ECSU Board of Trustees for their support,” said Dixon.


About HBCU Campaign Fund

As a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System, Elizabeth City State University offers baccalaureate, professional, and master’s degrees for a diverse student body. ECSU mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation.

ECSU achieve our commitment to the highest quality education by maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence through liberal arts programs and using innovation and flexible technology-based instruction models to enhance our signature areas: integrating technology with education, improving human health and wellness, and advancing the natural and aviation sciences.

Through teaching, research and community engagement, the institution’s rich heritage and its current multicultural student-centered focus provide a firm foundation for its endeavors. It serves the needs and aspirations of individuals and society; producing graduates for leadership roles and life-long learning. For more information, visit www.ecsu.edu.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University’s 165th Fall Commencement will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the R.L. Vaughan Center. Dillard University’s president Dr. Water M. Kimbrough will deliver the keynote address.

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

According to a press release by the university, Dr. Kimbrough is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and Miami University in Miami, Ohio, Dr. Kimbrough earned a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has made his career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and Albany State University in 2000, where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32.

In October of 2004, at the age 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans.

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. He has also has been noted for his active use of social media in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in the book “Follow The Leader: Lessons in Social Media Success from Higher Ed CEOs.”

He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors Degree.org as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter, by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best Schools.org as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents.

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served at the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, “Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.”

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African-American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z and Tyler Perry.

In February 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com’s 100 African-Americans making history today, a group which includes Kerry Washington, Mellody Hobson, and Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Kimbrough was named male HBCU President of the Year for 2014 by HBCU Digest.


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ELIZABETH CITY, NC.- Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Thomas E.H. Conway Jr., stood before an auditorium full of faculty members and educators delivering a State of University speech that at its core extolled the virtues of excellence. The speech was delivered on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, during the Faculty Institute on the ECSU campus.

Conway Jr., succeeded Stacey Franklin Jones, who stepped down from her post as Chancellor on December 31, 2015. He has served as interim chancellor since January 1 and was elected to the position on a permanent basis by the Board of Governors on January 26. He previously served as vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University.

“We will not accept anything less than the best of service,” said Chancellor Conway during his speech. “It is important that we adopt the attitude that we bring value.”

Chancellor Conway posed the questions: Why are we here? Where are we going?

Back in 2014, ECSU was set for possible closure as a purposed provision was given that would have allowed UNC Board of Governors to study closing any institution with a 20 percent decline in enrollment between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013. ECSU has seen a precipitous drop in admissions, losing nearly 900 student from 2011-2014.

He spoke of the missions of various University of North Carolina constituent institutions. When ECSU was founded in 1891, the mission was to provide opportunity for the economic development of the African-American citizens of northeast North Carolina.

but missions evolve, and so has that of ECSU. While ECSU is a historically black university, and as a HBCU that “mission is not complete yet,” Chancellor Conway said today one-in-four students are not African-American. That means that ECSU is an “access institution” and its mission is that of a regional university.


While providing access to any many individuals as possible is at the core of the institution, Chancellor Conway also said ECSU is taking on a new identity as it becomes one-of-three schools in the N.C. Promise program. Prompted by Senate Bill 873, N.C. Promise includes ECSU, UNC-Pembroke, and Western Carolina University. Each campus will offer 500 per semester tuition for in-state student and $2,500 per semester tuition for out-of-state students beginning in the fall of 2018.


Pictured: ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway and Mister ECSU Parsell Murphy unveil the university’s new flag on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. [Picture courtesy of ECSU]
As ECSU moves into the future, said Chancellor Conway, the university must acknowledge that the faces of university students are changing. While there are traditional students enrolling, increasingly there are transfer students coming in from community colleges and other campuses. And the non-traditional, older students is also becoming more frequent on campuses.


“College students are getting older,” he said. “In today’s classes the range of ages is not what it used to be.”


“And they are coming to ECSU and other campuses across the state for a variety of reason,” he said.


“This is also a very active effort to being member of the military on campus, with an emphasis on the Coast Guard. That effort will include online degree programs that would allow those students to continue their ECSU education after they have been transferred to a new duty station,” he said.


“Ultimately, it is up to faculty and staff to lead the way into the future. The perceptions these students hold, the attitudes they posses, are in large part a product of the value and excellence projected by the people of ECSU,” he said.


Source: http://www.ecsu.edu/news/stateofuniversity2016.html