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Interim status removed for new Elizabeth City State chancellor

December 15, 2018
Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Karrie Dixon

The UNC Board of Governors on Friday named Karrie Gibson Dixon as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.

Dixon, who has served as interim chancellor since April, becomes ECSU’s 12th chancellor and will be the second woman in the position.

“Karrie Dixon’s experience, passion and proven track record of success is exactly what ECSU needs,” UNC President Margaret Spellings said in a statement. “As interim, she has led an institution on the rebound, and I have the highest confidence that she and her team will continue to build a bright future for a proud pillar of northeastern North Carolina.”

ECSU has been plagued for years by low enrollment and financial difficulties, and lawmakers have suggested closing the campus in the past.

The school is one of three UNC campuses that now boasts $500-a-semester tuition to encourage North Carolina high school graduates to attend.

Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith called Dixon a “rock star in higher education.”

Before working at ECSU, Dixon served as vice president for academic and student affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing the Division of Academic and Student Affairs for the 17 UNC campuses. She also served as the chief student affairs officer for the university system, working closely with vice chancellors for student affairs and other officials on efforts regarding community college transfers, enrollment and minimum admission requirements, campus safety and military student success.

While at the UNC system office, she also managed processes for the UNC system to increase student access, enrollment, retention and graduation rates, and she worked on collaborations among the UNC System, the North Carolina Community College System, the state’s independent colleges and universities and the state Department of Public Instruction.

Dixon previously served as assistant vice provost at North Carolina State University, where she remains an adjunct assistant professor at the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from N.C. State, a master’s degree from UNC-Greensboro and a doctorate from N.C. State.

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