Fayetteville State chancellor hailed as 'creative leader'
Darrell Allison has spent decades in education, serving on the state's Board of Governors for several years.
after a yearlong search. Fayetteville State University has a new chancellor. He's Darryl Allison, who recently resigned his position on the U. N C. Board of Governors to apply for the F S U job. W RL's Fayetteville reporter Gilbert Bays joins us live on campus and Gilbert. We understand there's a bit of controversy around Allison selection. Yeah, that's right, Lena. There is a little bit of controversy. As you mentioned, there were about 60 maybe 64 different people who Tufts their hat into the ring to become the chancellor here. And that search committee took about a year to whittle that down to about five or six. And sources close to the selection process tell me that Alison's name was not on the list. Well, despite that he is now the 12 chancellor here at this historically black institution, Darryl Alison describes himself as a long time education advocate and champion of North Carolina's historically minority serving institutions. He recently resigned his position as a member of the U. N C. Board of Governors to toss his hat in the ring to become FS use 12th chancellor. Sources close to the selection process say Alison was guaranteed the position before he was fully vetted. There was no guarantee, and all you have to do is talk to the various search committee members. And they will tell you Darryl Alison was thoroughly searched. I did talk with several search committee members who wished to remain anonymous. They say Alison wasn't their first choice, nor was his name supposed to be sent forward for consideration. Stuart Augustine, chairman of the selection committee, disputes That question is that the names that were submitted to the board of Governors originally did not include Mr Allison, and then his name was added. E can't comment out. His name was on the list of their board of trustees submitted to the to the university system. Despite the controversy, the new chancellor says he's looking forward to working with the university stakeholders to plot FS use course for the future. What do you see as the strength a fellow state university? What is it that we do so well that we need to double down triple down on it? What are the weaknesses? What is it that fell the state does that we should have stopped doing a decade ago? Now? Fable State University is the second oldest higher institution of learning here in North Carolina. They have more than 6700 students on board. Lena, the new chancellor, will begin his new job on March 15.