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Fayetteville State Names New Chancellor

Posted March 7, 2008

— Fayetteville State University has tapped a veteran of the state university system in New York as its new leader.

University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles recommended James A. Anderson, professor of psychology and former vice provost and vice president at the University of Albany in New York, to the Board of Governors Friday.

"I am the newest Bronco," Anderson told an enthusiastic audience at a reception on campus. "I couldn't think of a better place to finish my career because, folks, I'm not going anywhere."

Anderson, 59, graduated from Villanova University and earned his doctorate at Cornell University. His career has taken him to Xavier University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Texas A&M University, and he served 11 years as vice provost for undergraduate affairs at North Carolina State University.

When he assumes his new duties June 9, he will take the helm of a university that's had a troubling year.

Fayetteville State's fledgling nursing school fell into critical condition in May when 24 of 31 students failed an exit exam. State officials have placed  the program on probation.

The nursing school's problems and financial questions were among the difficulties that led to the resignation of former Chancellor T.J. Bryan last July. Lloyd "Vic" Hackley has served as interim chancellor since then.

"There was a little damage to your reputation in the past, but that's OK," Anderson said. "All institutions go through that. It's not how you went through it; it's how you rise above that's important."

He vowed to strengthen the school's academic reputation.

"We have to build the retention rate and graduation rates here. Let me tell you folks: No one takes you seriously down the road when you tell them about excellence and your graduation rates are low."


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  • blondton13 Mar 7, 2008

    "In North Carolina, each university has a search process to choose three candidates for its chancellor position. Those candidates are submitted to university system President Erskine Bowles, who recommends one to the UNC board of governors. Only then — when it’s time to vote on the one candidate recommended by Bowles — is the secrecy lifted. And only the name of the person recommended is released."
    -From the article mentioned by jsanders.

    That is utterly ridiculous. Doesn't leave much room for democracy and choice, now does it?
    Glad I'm outta there. Too much fuss over people that never seem to stay long nor do their job appropriately.

  • yruatwit Mar 7, 2008

    To "jsanders".................All the better to keep us stupid, uninformed and subservient. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind." That is the standard modus operandi throughout this State's governmental institutions. It is the impenetrable cultural fabric that continues in perpetuity.

  • issymayake Mar 7, 2008

    I agree jsanders.

  • jsanders Mar 7, 2008

    It was nice, however perfunctory, for the UNC System to condescend to us mere taxpayers to let us know whom they chose. They are the most secretive public university system in the nation:

  • whatelseisnew Mar 7, 2008

    It would be nice to see the State and the university system start eliminating most of these high-dollar positions and get them off the government dole.