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Fayetteville State Chancellor Steps Down

Posted July 9, 2007 6:29 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2007 7:16 p.m. EDT

— 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.