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Fayetteville State Chancellor Steps Down

Posted July 9, 2007

— Fayetteville State University Chancellor T.J. Bryan submitted her resignation Monday amid questions over the school's finances.

No reasons for the move, which takes effect July 23, were provided in a statement released by the university, but state auditors are reviewing FSU's finances.

"I am stepping down as chancellor so that the university may pursue its core mission of educating students," Bryan said in the statement.

"Chancellor Bryan has done many good things during her tenure at FSU, but given the challenges ahead, I have accepted her resignation," University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles said in the statement.

In addition to the state audit, FSU also has been embroiled in a controversy in recent weeks after 24 of its inaugural class of 31 nursing students failed an exit exam that wasn't part of their original graduation requirements. The students who failed had threatened to sue the university but were allowed to take a follow-up course to earn their degrees.

Bryan had headed FSU for four years, and enrollment increased 20 percent during her tenure. Fundraising and academic programs also were expanded under Bryan's leadership.


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  • beachboater Jul 10, 2007

    WOW. A SEVENTY SEVEN PERCENT failure rate. A lawsuit for failing to teach is one thing, a student's failure to learn is something else. I find it hard to believe that 77% of a class would be "sub-standard". Looks like the school didn't perform this time.

  • 1Moms_View Jul 9, 2007

    YOu can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. Comparitively, you can't create a good nurse from substandard student that doesn't have the skill or knowledge to pass the board of nursing exam or the school's final exam on nursing.

    Would any of you really want those 24 nursing students treating you and making decisions which could determine your care? NOT ME! I was glad to see FSU withhold their diplomas if they can't pass. They should not be allowed to take BON exams either. They're not qualified to be nurses.

  • Army Brat I Am Jul 9, 2007

    Sad to see her go.