ECSU hires new administrators

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Gary Brown


From staff reports

Friday, June 29, 2018

Elizabeth City State University announced Thursday it has hired a number of new officials, including a vice chancellor of student affairs, an interim associate dean of students, an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and a special assistant to the chancellor.

Gary Brown, who is slated to head the university’s student affairs division beginning July 9, comes to ECSU from a similar post at N.C. Central University.

Working with Brown as ECSU’s new interim associate dean of students and director of leadership development and community engagement will be Erin Davis. She begins her position on July 9. Davis is currently the assistant director for student activities at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh.

Also starting work July 9 is Coray Davis, who has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Davis is currently an associate professor of engineering at Virginia State University.

Another new hire is Carson Rich as special assistant to the chancellor. Rich has worked with interim Chancellor Karrie Dixon while serving as the University of North Carolina System’s presidential scholar, where he was assigned to the ECSU New Directions Phase II Operational Team.

ECSU also announced two internal promotions: Derrick Wilkins has been named ECSU’s chief of staff, and Alyn Goodson, the university’s general counsel, has seen his duties expanded.

In the job as vice chancellor of student affairs, Brown replaces retired University of North Carolina at Charlotte administrator Arthur Jackson, who served in an interim role after Nolan Davis was fired from the position late last year. Davis had come under fire from student leaders who said he was not a good fit for the university.

Brown began working with NCCU’s Division of Student Affairs in 2007 as assistant dean of students and coordinator of Greek Affairs. Over the years, he served in a number of student affairs positions, including dean of students, director of student rights and responsibilities, and assistant director of student support services. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at NCCU and a master’s in education with a concentration in higher education administration from N.C. State University. In addition, Brown earned a master of divinity degree from Shaw University, and is currently working on his doctorate in leadership studies at North Carolina A&T State University.

Coray Davis, ECSU’s new associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, holds a doctorate in civil engineering from Morgan State University, a master of science degree from Morgan State and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from South Carolina State University.

Rich, who officially began his role as special assistant to the chancellor on June 1, will provide administrative support to Dixon, assisting in project management and coordination of university projects, and cabinet-level projects and initiatives. He holds a bachelor of science degree in political science from Appalachian State University.

Wilkins is an ECSU alumnus and joined the staff in 1993. He has been in several administrative positions at the university, most recently as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. As chief of staff, Wilkins will be responsible for the management and coordination of all activities of the chancellor’s office, including employment-related matters, office budget, oversight of projects, and strategies for the chancellor. He will also oversee the ECSU Office of Communications and Marketing, and the Information Technology Department.

Goodson joined ECSU in 2012 as assistant general counsel and was named general counsel in 2014. In his expanded role, Goodson will continue to manage the university’s Legal Affairs Division, and have the added responsibility of chief operating officer. In his new role, Goodson will provide leadership over the strategic planning process, campus master planning, space management, emergency management planning, enterprise risk management and management productivity initiatives. He will also oversee the Department of Human Resources, the University Police Department and Government Relations.

Before coming to ECSU Goodson was assistant general counsel at RAM LLC in Raleigh and a lecturer and teacher’s assistant at N.C. Central University’s School of Law.