UNC board names Dixon ECSU chancellor

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Dr. Karrie Dixon


From staff reports

Friday, December 14, 2018

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has named interim Chancellor Karrie Gibson Dixon the new chancellor at Elizabeth City State University.

The board made the announcement following a vote at its meeting in Chapel Hill earlier today, according to an ECSU press release.

“Dr. Dixon's experience, passion, and proven track record of success is exactly what ECSU needs, and I'm thrilled that she will be the next chancellor,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings, who selected Dixon from among three final candidates selected by an 18-member search committee.

Spellings, who named Dixon ECSU’s interim chancellor this spring following the retirement of former Chancellor Thomas Conway, said Dixon is the right choice to lead ECSU into the future. 

“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," she said.

UNC Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith also had high praise for Dixon.  

“I have said it many times before, but Dr. Karrie Dixon is a true ‘rock star’ in higher education, and there’s no one better to lead Elizabeth City State University going forward,” he said. “The (UNC) board and I are excited about the future of ECSU under her leadership.”

Harold Barnes, chairman of the ECSU Board of Trustees who also served as chairman of the search committee that recommended Dixon, said he, too, was excited about her appointment.  

“Dr. Dixon brings a deep commitment toward building an outstanding experience for students, as well as an uncompromising dedication to create an environment of accountability and shared governance that will serve ECSU and the community well,” he said. “The (trustee) board is eager to work with Chancellor Dixon to advance ECSU.”

Dixon becomes ECSUs’ 12th chief executive officer and seventh chancellor. She is the second female to hold the post.