ECSU taps new student affairs chief


From staff reports

Monday, December 4, 2017

A former vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has been named Elizabeth City State University’s interim student affairs chief.

Arthur R. Jackson, whose tenure at ECSU begins today, will lead the Division of Students Affairs while university officials prepare to launch a search for a permanent vice chancellor. The search will begin in the 2018 spring semester and a permanent vice chancellor for student affairs will be named in time for the fall 2018 semester.

Valerie L. Holmes, ECSU’s associate vice chancellor for student affairs, has been supervising the student affairs office for the past week in the aftermath of Nolan Davis’ firing as associate vice chancellor for student affairs. Davis’ firing was announced Nov. 27.

A full search process is expected to take place in the spring and university officials plan to have a new chief student affairs officer on board by the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

The main trait sought in the new student affairs officer will be “demonstrated ability to engage the entire campus community in the creation and implementation of enhanced student engagement experiences,” according to ECSU spokesman Robert Kelly-Goss.

“The need for enhanced student engagement has been a topic of discussion by multiple ECSU constituencies,” Kelly-Goss continued. “Although much has been done in this area, there is a clear need to accelerate progress in this area."

Kelly-Goss said the goal for student affairs remains “enhanced student engagement that supports learning and growth by students through a broad range of activities.”

Jackson has served as a student affairs chief at a number of major universities. Most recently he served as UNC-Charlotte’s vice chancellor from 2007 to earlier this year, before working as a private consultant for organizations such as The Registry and the Association of Governing Boards.

Prior to his tenure at UNC-Charlotte, Jackson served as vice president for student affairs at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass. He has also served as a student affairs chief for Norfolk State University and associate dean of student affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn.

A native of Burlington, N.J., Jackson graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1971. He went on to earn a master of arts degree in sociology, before earning his doctorate in education, with an emphasis on higher education administration, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.