RALEIGH, NC – The Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Board of Trustees has announced the passing of the 12th President, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. President McPhail began his tenure on July 15, 2020. In the short time he was the University’s Chief Executive Officer, he made a memorable and positive impact in moving the University in the direction of being a “Learning Centered” campus.

Although the University has not immediately released details of his death, many sources, including ABC 11, has confirmed that McPhail was hospitalized over the weekend with COVID-19. It has been stated that the President tested positive for the virus more than a week before he was admitted to the hospital. He died from complications related to the virus.

Prior to becoming president at SAU, Dr. McPhail was previously the sixth president and CEO at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACAME), founding chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), president at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and president at LeMoyne-Owen College. He also served as university provost and dean of academic affairs at Delaware State University, and chief operating officer at the Baltimore City Public Schools.

The University plans to keep all stakeholders informed of the details of public events and university memorial arrangements to honor the life and legacy of President McPhail. These detail will be published on the University’s website.

The Board of Trustees will be working internally to determine its next steps and the future direction of the University. Previous Interim President, Dr. Maria A. Lumpin, will return to serve, effective immediately.

The HBCU Campaign Fund organization mourns the loss of President McPhail and extends its deepest condolences and prayers to his wife, Dr. Christine McPhail; his children Dr. Kamilah McKissick and Mr. Ralph Bessard; other family and friends.

Van B. Sapp

RALEIGH, NC – The HBCU Business Deans Roundtable announced that Van B. Sapp was elected President and Chair of the Board for the non-profit organization comprising of 80 business school deans. Van Sapp is the current Dean at Saint Augustine’s University School of Business, Management, and Technology, located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Van is succeeding Dr. Anthony Nelson, Dean, School of Business at North Carolina Central University. Established over twenty years ago with the assistance of Earl Graves, founder of the Black Enterprise media company, the organization is the preeminent advocate for business programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The organization’s primary focus centers around promoting curricula advancement to increase student preparedness, development of business school leadership, and creating partnerships with relevant business corporations.

Sapp recently moved to academia two years ago after a successful career in industry. He spent the first half of his career within the Sales Division of Kraft Foods, in eight roles of increasing responsibility before landing at PepsiCo. Working in several divisions across PepsiCo, Sapp become known as a versatile senior executive, with three Senior Vice President roles across marketing, sales, and general management. After 13 years with Pepsico, Van joined the loyalty company TCC Global as its US CEO and President of the Americas. A key conduit in these roles was his ability to develop executive talent. Dean Sapp is a graduate of two HBCUs, Tuskegee University, and Clark Atlanta University. He’s currently focusing his post-corporate retirement to focus on business school student of HBCUs.

“I am excited to use this opportunity to provide attention to the great work HBCU Business Schools have and are providing to our economy. In this time of raised racial consciousness, corporations who want to understand, develop deeper relationships, or build programming consistent with the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable’s mission should connect with this organization. The institution’s our Deans represent are stocked with talent,” said Dean Van Sapp.

For more information, contact partnerships@hbcubusinessdeans.org or visit www.hbcubusinessdeans.org.


About HBCU Business Deans Roundtable
Founded in 1999 the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable was created to provide a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges; and, develop strategic alliances among HBCUs with other universities, foundations, government agencies, and corporations in support of excellence and productivity in management education. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been concerned about the formal business education of African American students since the Atlanta Exposition in 1895. Since that time, these universities have trained students who have become entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and employees in enterprises that address economic needs throughout the world, especially within the African American community. Since HBCUs graduate a disproportionately large number of African American students, in need for management education in HBCUs continues.

Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin

RALEIGH, NC – The Board of Trustees at Saint Augustine’s University has announced the appointment of Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin to the role of Interim President. The appointment is effective immediately.

According to the Board of Trustees Chairman The Honorable Chief Justice James C. Perry, “The Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Board of Trustees is pleased to report that Dr. Maria A. Lumpkin has been named the Interim President of Saint Augustine’s University.” He added that “Dr. Lumpkin is the youngest person to lead the university in its 153 year history. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer for the University, Dr. Lumpkin has already proven to be a transformational leader. One of her most notable accomplishments is leading the team that procured a $3.5 million dollar Emergency Assistance grant from the United States Department of Education. Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has brought a student-centered approach to her work and the institutions she has served. Dr. Lumpkin’s experience and credentials are extensive. She received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude from Saint Augustine’s College, now University, in 1996; a Master of Urban Studies degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Clark Atlanta University. She hold certification as a Case Teaching instructor by the Institute for Case Teaching at the Harvard University School of Divinity. Her decisive leadership style and genuine care for the University make her an ideal choice to continue the legacy.”

Dr. Lumpkin brings to the university over 20 years of higher education experience as a student-centered professional and administrator. Her professional background includes serving in progressive leadership roles in two of the largest university systems in the nation – the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). She also worked in the Atlanta University Center (AUC), the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) consortium in the country. Most recently she served as the special assistant to the president, and as the inaugural executive director of student retention and the center for scholar communities at Shippensburg University. She has also provided outstanding leadership as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Assistant Dean of Students at North Carolina Central University, Assistant Dean of Students at Spelman College. She has also worked in key leadership positions at Albany State University, and as Director of Student Involvement and co-director of the Global Civic Engagement Program at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Community Engagement and Director of the Mercer University Center for Community Development and Service Learning.

A professional grant writer, she established the President’s Task Force on Civic Engagement and procured over $5 million dollars in private grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, CocaCola, Target Foundation, Perkins Ponder Foundation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank to pilot and support several University-community partnership programs and catalyze major community development at Mercer University; and she has authored over $10 million dollars in Federal Grants, including TRIO (Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, AmeriCorps, National Service, and HOPE IV).

Dr. Lumpkin has been active on the Bibb County Workforce Investment Board, Goodwill Industries of Central Georgia Good Vocations Board, the Food Bank of Middle Georgia, and the international board of Africa’s Children’s Fund, the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Foundation, and the Clark Atlanta University Guild. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated, and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Macon (GA), a 2006 graduate Leadership Georgia and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Women America.

Dr. Lumpkin said of her appointment, “I am beyond thrilled to lead the “Falcon Nation” during this exciting period of growth in the life of the university. My appointment is especially meaningful to me, because I am a daughter of this great institution, and I know first-hand the transformational impact Saint Augustine’s education. I am supported by a treasure trove of dynamic faculty, staff, students, and Board of Trustees in co-creating a dynamic learning environment.”

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Lumpkin’s dissertation research project was entitled Is There Learning In Service Learning? An Examination of the Effectiveness of Service Learning Programs at HBCUs as Perceived by Undergraduate Students. A seasoned world traveler, Dr. Lumpkin has traveled to every continent, except Antarctica for humanitarian and educational purposes. She has used her personal experience in the international diaspora to inspire and fund over 500 students education abroad opportunities. The University is proud to have Dr. Lumpkin return to her alma mater and continue her service in this history making leadership role as the youngest interim President and the only female alumna to serve in this position.


About saint Augustine’s University

Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine;s University is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world. For more information, visit www.st-aug.edu.

RALEIGH, NC – Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) is reducing its tuition by 15% starting in the fall of 2020, the University announced on Monday. When most institutions of higher education are raising prices, SAU is addressing the concerns of families who are looking for relief in the area of affordability. The lower cost will apply to in-state and out-of-state, new, and returning students.

“In today’s economy we are painfully aware that tuition cost is the primary factor that separates prospective students from their dream of pursuing higher education,” said Dr. Gaddis Faulcon, Interim President of Saint Augustine’s University. “We are keenly aware of our parents’ and students’ desire to have access to higher education that is affordable but does not compromise on quality and credibility. This tuition adjustment is in direct response to what we see on our campus.”

The cost for non-boarding students to attend SAU will go down from $12,890 to $10,957 a savings of $1,934. The University is pleased to continue to offer academic and performance-based scholarships and financial aid packages for qualifying students. With a high percentage of SAU students receiving federal aid, the University is still committed to providing the best and the most affordable education in the southeast. The liberal arts institution offers 20 majors including a Continuing Education program for evening and weekend adult learners as well as an online curriculum

To learn more about SAU, visit www.st-aug.edu.


About Saint Augustine’s University

Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.

Dr. Gaddis Faulcon pictured as Interim President of Shaw University at the time.

RALEIGH, NC – The Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s University announced the appointment of Dr. Gaddis Faulcon as the interim president for the University on Tuesday, March 12. This appointment is effective immediately. This decision coincides with the beginning of former President Everett Ward’s retirement.

“At this time of significant positive momentum surrounding the next phase of the University evolution, the Board of Trustees has determined there is a need to launch the formal transition and search process for the new President,” said Hilton Smith, Board of Trustees Chairman. “We are pleased that Dr. Gaddis Faulcon, our 1974 alumnus, has agreed to lead our transition team. He brings the passion and previous experience serving in this pivotal role.”

Faulcon recently served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at Saint Augustine’s University. He also led Shaw University as its interim president from 2014 to 2015. Faulcon, who joined the faculty at Shaw in 1998, has 30 years of experience in higher education and has previously served in several administrative roles. In addition to his roles at Saint Augustine’s and Shaw University, he served as acting executive director for Northeastern North Carolina Tomorrow, Inc. at Elizabeth City State University.

Faulcon earned a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education from Saint Augustine’s University; an M.R.R/M.P.A. in recreation resources management and public administration; and an Ed.D. in higher education and public administration both from North Carolina State University.

“I am truly honored to be asked to lead my alma mater at this crucial time in our 152-year history and look forward to working with all those who are committed to writing our next great chapter together,” said Faulcon.


Dr. Everett B. Ward, president of Saint Augustine’s University, center.

RALEIGH, NC – Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) president Dr. Everett B. Ward announced this afternoon that he is retiring from the role he has held for the past five years. Dr. Ward made the announcement during a board of trustees’ executive session, on campus.

Dr. Ward, who became the 11th president and only 3rd Saint Augustine’s University alumnus to lead the university, said in his remarks to the board that he will be concluding his presidential position effective July 24, 2019, a position he has held since 2014.

“It’s now time for the Saint Augustine’s Renaissance to continue with a new chapter. I’m extremely grateful for the commitment exemplified by our students, staff, faculty and alumni. Together, along with friends of the university, we conquered significant challenges with our eyes on the prize.”

According to a press release by the University, Under Dr. Ward’s leadership, the University has achieved several goals. Most recently, the University was removed from probationary status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) Accreditation Agency in December. Along the way, donor supporter increased from $1 million in 2014, to $2.9 million in 2018.

SAU’s Student Body president Alston DeVega says he’s grateful for Dr. Ward’s vision and dedication to the University. “I’m immensely grateful to have Dr. Ward as we did,” said DeVega. “He brought life back to the University, while getting us off probation. Our institution will never see another leader with the same expertise and poise, as Dr. Ward’s had exemplified.”

The Raleigh native told the members of the board that he was also proud of the university’s effort in attracting some of the best and brightest young minds to the university.

“Given the accomplishment of these goals, now is the time for me to transition the leadership of Saint Augustine’s to the next President. We’re at a critical point in the history of our university and I know that now is the time to transition to an even more exciting chapter in the life of our institution.”

Dr. Ward said the future is bright for him personally and for the University.

“I look forward to continuing to lead St. Augustine’s through the period of transition. During this time, I will remain the No. 1 champion of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends throughout this period. Once I leave St. Augustine’s, I will remain involved in activities around higher education.”

About Saint Augustine’s University

Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world. For more information, visit www.st-aug.edu.


Dr. Everett B. Ward, Ph.D., President of Saint Augustine’s University.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced today that Everett B. Ward, Ph.D., president of Saint Augustine’s University and general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will serve as its Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation speaker on January 10, 2019, at 10:10 a.m., in Gaither Gymnasium on FAMU’s campus. This event is free and open to the public.

According to an press release by FAMU, King was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Ward incorporated King’s urgent call for action on civil rights in his Alpha Phi Alpha national theme, “Urgency of Now,” and actively advocates on behalf of causes affecting the African-American community, specifically men of color. As president of Saint Augustine’s and an alumnus of the Raleigh, N.C. university, Ward has championed academic excellence and encouraged innovation in scholarship and teaching.

Ward serves on several national, regional and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. He is a former member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he served as vice chairman of the DNC Black Caucus. In 1989, Ward made history by becoming the first African-American to serve as executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

In addition, Ward served as the director of the Historically Black Colleges and University/Minority Institutions of Higher Education Program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Prior to his election as general president of Alpha Phi Alpha, Ward was appointed to lead the committee responsible for developing the fraternity’s strategic vision into the next century. In every role, Ward has been instrumental and committed to moving the fraternity forward.

He earned a master’s degree from North Carolina State University, and his doctoral degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

During the annual meeting of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in New Orleans, Louisiana, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees voted to remove Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) from probationary status.

Dr. Everett B. Ward, Saint Augustine’s University president, announcing the news at a press conference.

In January 2019, the University will be notified by official letter of the commission’s decision. A year ago, SACSCOC Special Committee placed SAU on probation to give the University time to continue to make additional improvements, before a Special Committee of SACSCOC visited the campus two months ago to access the institution’s financial stability and institutional effectiveness.

“I am extremely pleased that Saint Augstine’s University has been removed from probationary status,” said Dr. Everett B. Ward, Saint Augustine’s University president. “The SACSCOC decision underscores that the SAU turnaround strategy with support from alumni, faculty, students and community partners is moving the University forward.”

“I would like to especially highlight and thank the Episcopal Church for its unwavering support. From President Bishop Michael Curry’s letters and encouragement, to the Church’s HBCU Committee and their consultants’ foundational, administrative, and advisory support, and to all who offered gifts of prayer as well as financial contributions.”

Financial stability has been a priority of Dr. Ward’s administration since his appointment as interim president in April 2014. The administration, along with external partners, implemented a plan to address all the issues of compliance identified by SACSCOC. By strengthening the University’s financial landscape, which includes improved internal controls, an increase in alumni giving and ending the Fiscal Year 201 with a surplus, Saint Augustine’s administration is positioned to increase enrollment and additional academic programs.

“The Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees is delighted to hear of the commission’s decision that ensures a positive future for the university,” said Rev. Dr. Hilton Smith, Board of Trustees Chairman. “We commend the university’s administration and staff to working vigorously over the past four years to address issues relating to financial stability and internal controls. From the beginning, the Board of Trustees and the University’s leadership team worked seamlessly to take Saint Augustine’s University to higher heights. We are also grateful to our external partners for assisting the University during this accreditation review process.”

“As a contributor of major financial, administrative and advisory support during this accreditation period, the Episcopal Church and the Presiding Bishop applaud the University’s academic accomplishments and its continued commitment to the greater community and Episcopal HBCU’s tradition,” said the Very Rev. Canon Martini Shaw, Episcopal Church’s Executive Council HBCU Committee chair.

Watch the full Press Conference.

About Saint Augustine’s University

Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world. For more information, visit www.st-aug.edu.

RALEIGH, NC – The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) as one of the latest 100,000 Strong of the Americas Innovation Fund grant winners sponsored by NAFSA and CAF Development Bank of Latin America in honor of NAFSA’s retired Executive Director and CEO, Marlene Johnson. SAU was the only HBCU to receive funding as a lead institution among 14 award recipients.

The goal of 100,00 Strong in the Americas – the leading education initiative in the Western Hemisphere – is to increase the number of U.S. students studying annually in Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 and to bring 100,000 students to the United States by 2020. Innovation Fund grants fuel partnerships between higher education institutions in the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere to create new student exchange and training programs.

With the grant, SAU will expand its existing bi-directional study abroad programs through a partnership with the University of Health Sciences Antigua, which will focus on collaborative research projects and opportunities in STEM disciplines. Additionally, SAU will collaborate with Université Episcopale D’Haïiti’s Bishop Tharp Business and Technology Institute to develop a service-learning program focused on the study of the unique attributes of French/Haitian Creole language and culture. SAU will collaborate with partnering institutions to devise curriculum, prepare activities and acquire equipment required for the international research component, providing students with the opportunity to gain enrichment from the cultural and linguistic traditions unique to Haiti.

SAU was one of 14 American higher education institutions awarded grants; Michigan State University, University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University, among others, were also selected. NAFSA Executive Director and CEO, Esther D. Brimmer stated, “We have full confidence that these programs will help students gain the global competencies they need to reach across borders and become globally engaged leaders.”

The Innovation Fund grant marks the third major financial contribution to the SAU in a month time; Christ Church of Raleigh, NC recently donated $75,000 and alumni and supporters of the University recently raised over $335,000 during the University’s reunion weekend.


About 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the public-private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, corporations, foundations, regional governments, and Embassies working together to inspire U.S. universities and colleges to team up with universities and technical education institutions in the Western Hemisphere to create student exchange and training opportunities.  Innovation Fund grants build institutional capacity, increase student mobility, stimulate regional education cooperation, and contribute to workforce development.  Since its inception in January 2014, the Innovation Fund has awarded 118 grants to teams of 235 higher education institutions from 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere region. Innovation Fund grant-winning partnerships increase student exchange opportunities and strengthen connectivity between higher education networks throughout the Americas. Learn more:   www.100kStrongAmericas.org. Follow the Innovation Fund on Twitter and Facebook via #100KStrongAmericas


Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) was established in 1867 in Raleigh, N.C. SAU, which sits on 105 acres, is a four-year liberal arts university with an average enrollment of approximately 1,100. SAU offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information about Saint Augustine’s University, visit www.st-aug.edu.

hrdCHICAGO, IL – This past June, HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) held its 3rd annual HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition with the theme “Rulers of the Throne”. The competition highlights newly historically black colleges and universities campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents.

The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights the newly elected and crowned campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term.

This year’s competition featured a mixture of 20 campus leaders who holds the title of Queen, King and SGA Presidents that were voted by the public to be featured in the dictionary. The leaders are represented from the following schools: Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Stillman College, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Grambling State University, Virginia Union University, Savannah State University, Bennett College,  Benedict College, Fisk University, Claflin University,  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Morris College, Savannah State University, Philander Smith College and Chicago State University.

After two (2) years of the competition, this year was the first publication of the HBCU Royalty Dictionary as a magazine. The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is usually published to the HCF’s website featuring the present year induction class.

The 2016 HBCU Royalty Dictionary is now available and can be viewed in PDF format on HCF’s website here. You can purchase the magazine copy for $7.99 + shipping in support of the featured student leaders here.

All proceeds from the magazine will benefit and assist supporting the next HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition, student scholarships, services at HBCU’s and operations of HBCU Campaign Fund.

For more information regarding the HBCU Royalty Dictionary, contact support@hbcucampaignfund.org or call HCF office at 773.988.2106.