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Fayetteville State Names New Chancellor

Posted June 19, 2003 9:32 a.m. EDT

— A new chancellor has been named at

Fayetteville State University

and the person filling the post will be the third woman to lead a state university.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted Wednesday to name T.J. Bryan as the 10th chancellor at the historically black state university. She takes office July 1 after chancellor Willis McLeod retires as chancellor June 30. McLeod will take a leave and return as a professor.

Bryan is vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. She will have a three-year contract and earn $187,000 per year.

The 57-year-old Bryan also will provide a state-owned car for official business and use of the chancellor's house.

"I am confident she is the right person to lead FSU through a period of dramatic growth and transformation," UNC President Molly Broad said.

Bryan's given name is Thelma Jane, but she said she prefers to be known as T.J. because she got the nickname when she was 18.

A native of Scotland, Md., Bryan is the third woman to be elected chancellor of one of the 16 member institutions of the University of North Carolina during Broad's tenure.

Marye Anne Fox was named chancellor of North Carolina State University in 1998, and Rosemary De Paolo will take office at UNC-Wilmington on July 1 for a three-year term.

Bryan is the first black woman chancellor in the university system, board member W. T. Brown of Fayetteville said.

Bryan taught English at Coppin State University in Baltimore for 20 years. As a dean and department head at Coppin, Bryan said, she always created and directed programs that connected her with students.

She said she was a first-generation college student in her family and she tried to help her own students as her professors had nurtured her at Morgan State College in Baltimore.

"Our professors -- indeed the whole university community -- let us know that we were expected to excel," she said. "Within this community, I was nurtured, but never indulged."

She said she liked coming to Fayetteville State because "historically black colleges and universities have been at the core of my adult life."