Elizabeth City State Launches Initiative With $ 4.2 Million In Credits and Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 May 2021 10:38
Elizabeth City State University is launching its VikingPLUS program, a comprehensive set of initiatives to help students afford a high-quality college education.  The university will award new funds under VikingPLUS this year and has already provided a total of nearly $4.2 million in free credits, additional emergency funding, and housing and meal plan grants since spring 2020.
“Our students should be discovering their passions, not worrying about finances, which can be a significant concern for many families,” said ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon.  “A college degree opens doors to the future, and we have combined programs under the VikingPLUS umbrella to nurture our students and empower them to conquer their dreams.”
Ranked one of the Best Bang for the Buck colleges, ECSU supports students financially, and offers programs to help students feel a sense of belonging and purpose on campus.  As noted in Best Colleges, when students “tap into their school’s resources and programs, they have a better chance of graduating and entering the workforce with a bachelor’s degree.”
One of the biggest concerns for students and families is student loan debt.  According to Student Loan Hero, Americans owe more than $1.71 trillion in student loans, which is about $739 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt.  
“We consider the overall welfare of our students.  From supporting them financially to keeping class sizes small, we strive to give our students the individual attention and resources they need to thrive,” said Chancellor Dixon.
Below are highlights of the VikingPLUS program, with more initiatives to be added in the future.


The first six credits of summer school are free:  431 students just received an award totaling $517,733 in free tuition for the summer 2021 term.


Students will receive $1,500 towards their housing and meal plan if they live on campus for the Fall 2021 semester.  ECSU expects to award $1.5 million for the 1,023 students projected to live on campus this fall.  


ECSU awarded more than $2.1 million in emergency grants to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are awarded on an ongoing basis, and do not impact financial aid eligibility.  


The university offers a $150 to $4,000 grant if a student withdrew temporarily and re-enrolled at a later date.  ECSU has provided $50,000+ since the launch of the program last year, with additional grants to be awarded this summer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2021 10:41
UNC System Names Members Of Executive Leadership Institute PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 May 2021 08:33
 The University of North Carolina System has named a select group of 24 participants to its Executive Leadership Institute. 
This is the second cohort of the program, which is designed to build the next generation of top leadership from within the UNC System. It includes a focus on enhancing the pool of well-prepared, highly qualified future leaders from Historically Minority-Serving Institutions.
The 10-month program will provide an overall view of the UNC System, its operations and future leadership opportunities. The institute develops leadership skills by sharing best practices and forming partnerships among participants and their institutions. Members will benefit from executive coaching on an individual level and in a team setting.
“Through this institute, we can grow our own future leaders, developing their talents and fostering a renewed climate of collaboration and excellence,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. 
Leading experts from across the UNC System will deliver in-person and online instruction designed to enhance leadership skills. The cohort will follow a curriculum in three experiential education modules: executive leadership, leading teams and leading the enterprise.
The members of the new class are:
Omar Ali, professor and dean of Lloyd International Honors College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Karen Beres, vice provost and dean of academic affairs, University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Gary Brown, vice chancellor for student affairs, Elizabeth City State University


Ivey Brown, university general counsel, Winston-Salem State University


Garikai Campbell, provost, University of North Carolina Asheville


Cory Causby, associate vice chancellor for human resources, Western Carolina University


Crystal Chambers, professor of educational leadership, East Carolina University


Lindsay McCollum Farling, vice president of finance and budget, University of North Carolina System
Paula Gentius, chief of staff and secretary of the university, North Carolina State University


Erin Hart, chief of staff, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Laura Kieler, chief marketing officer, PBS North Carolina


Nicole Lucas, interim director, institutional effectiveness and SACSCOC accreditation, Fayetteville State University


Terry Lynch, vice chancellor for student life, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics


Krisha Marcano, assistant dean of student affairs and entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina School of the Arts


Pedro Nino, director of strategic planning, North Carolina Central University


Amy Owenby, human resources director, North Carolina Arboretum


Darin Padua, professor and chair, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Eric Simon, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, University of North Carolina Wilmington


BaShaun Smith, associate vice chancellor for student affairs/dean of students, Western Carolina University


Mesia Steed, associate professor and interim chair of Department of Biological Sciences, Winston-Salem State University



Frances Ward-Johnson, dean of the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University


Laura Williams, controller, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and the benefits of a mentoring relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to pay it forward as mentors for future cohorts, ensuring promising talent continues to develop and advance in careers across the UNC System.
House Approves Slate To UNC Board Of Governors PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 March 2021 16:59
The state House of Representatives approved five reappointments and one new appointment to the UNC Board of Governors by resolution on Wednesday. 
House Resolution 310 House BOG Elections fulfills the House's duty to fill six seats on the governing board of North Carolina's public university system in 2021 and appoints leaders who will maintain successful investments and reforms benefiting higher education. 
The Republican-led General Assembly's successful initiatives implemented by the Board of Governors include capital investments on UNC system campuses through the ConnectNC bond, a fixed-rate tuition and fee guarantee for students, $500 tuition at select campuses through the NC Promise program, and more. 
The UNC system announced record graduation rates and a third consecutive year of record enrollment in 2020. The legislature approved hundreds of millions more dollars in capital investments for UNC campuses last biennium, including a new school of medicine at East Carolina University, but they were vetoed by the Governor. 
The appointments to the UNC Board of Governors in HR 310 are: 
Kellie Hunt Blue of Robeson County
Kellie Hunt Blue is the county manager of Robeson County, was an accounting major at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and has worked as a fiscal specialist in both the public and private sectors. Blue serves as the chair for the Committee on Personnel and Tenure on the UNC Board of Governors.
Carolyn L. Coward of Buncombe County 
Carolyn L. Coward is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where she focuses her practice on health care, labor, and employment law. Coward is a native of Robbinsville, N.C., lives in Asheville, and received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 
N. Leo Daughtry of Johnston County 
Leo Daughtry is a partner in the law firm of Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling in Smithfield, N.C. Daughtry attended Wake Forest University for his B.A. and J.D. before being elected to the General Assembly from 1989-2017, serving in both the state House and Senate. 
John Fraley of Iredell County 
John Fraley attended the University of North Carolina and spent his career in business before serving as an education leader in the General Assembly from 2015-2020, chairing committees on university appropriations and policy. Fraley is a new addition to the UNC Board of Governors. 
Reginald R. Holley of Brunswick County 
Reggie Holley is a government affairs professional who was elected student body vice-president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate. Holley served as Director of the State Youth Council and a Deputy State Director for former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole.
Wendy Murphy of Duplin County
Wendy Murphy serves as vice-chair of the UNC Board of Governors. A former teacher, Murphy earned her degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and served as a trustee there from 2005-2015. 
"The UNC System is realizing an unprecedented era of success through the vision of the General Assembly's investments in higher education that President Hans and the Board of Governors are implementing together on behalf of families that our university system serves," Speaker Tim Moore said. 
"Today's appointments to the UNC Board of Governors maintain that momentum for our university system and I look forward to seeing continued success from our higher education leaders." 
Cooper Signs In-Class Learning Requirement Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 March 2021 10:14
Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 220: The Reopen Our Schools Act of 2021 into law. 
"Getting students back into the classroom safely is a shared priority, and this agreement will move more students to in-person instruction while retaining the ability to respond to local emergencies," the governor said. 
Last Updated on Monday, 15 March 2021 10:18

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