New chancellor announced at Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University welcomed a new chancellor on Tuesday.
Thomas E. H. Conway Jr. was elected to permanently serve as chancellor by the Board of Governors at their rescheduled Tuesday meeting. He has served as interim chancellor since Stacey Franklin Jones stepped down Dec. 31. Conway previously served as Vice Chancellor at Fayetteville State University and as Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs at N.C. State University.
UNC-system Interim President Junius Gonzales nominated Conway for the vacant chancellor’s position.
“Thomas Conway is a proud product of the University of North Carolina system, and he has devoted his life’s work to it,” he said in a press release. “Over the past four decades, he has distinguished himself as senior administrator on two other UNC campuses, and he brings to ECSU a deep understanding of the mission, purpose and promise of UNC’s historically minority institutions.”
Conway joins ECSU at a critical time. Enrollment at the university has declined by over 50 percent in the past five years, and tuition revenue has dropped by 21 percent.
This can be partially attributed to tougher UNC minimum admissions standards, budget cuts over the past few years and operational troubles that have led to reputational challenges.
“Dr. Conway’s knowledge of the region, extensive administrative experience and sound judgment will be critical assets as we work together to ensure ECSU’s long-term success,” Gonzales said.
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