- Elizabeth City State University
name = Elizabeth City State University
motto = "To Live is To Learn"
established = 1891
type = Public,
Willie J. Gilchrist
undergrad = 3,025
postgrad = 60
city = Elizabeth City
campus = convert|200|acre|km2
colors = Royal Blue and White
color box|#4169E1 color box|#FFFFFF
nickname = Vikings
website = [http://www.ecsu.edu/ www.ecsu.edu]
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is an institution of higher learning located in Elizabeth City,
North Carolina, in the United States. A historically black university ( HBCU), ECSU enrolls nearly 2,500 students in 37 baccalaureate programs and three masters degreeprograms. ECSU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.
Elizabeth City State University was established by the
North Carolina General Assemblyin 1891 in response to a bill calling for the creation of a two-year Normal Schoolfor the "teaching and training [of] teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina." This was to provide training for more teachers of primary grades.
In 1937, the school made the transformation into a full four-year teachers college and was officially named Elizabeth City State Teachers College, while expanding its role to include the training of principals as well. In 1939, the college awarded its first
Bachelor of Sciencedegrees in its program of Elementary Education. Within the following twenty-five years, the college expanded its offerings to include a vocational-technical program and a total of thirteen academic majors.
In December 1961, the college gained membership in the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1963 its name was changed to Elizabeth City State College. In 1969, its name was changed to Elizabeth City State University to reflect expansion and the addition of graduate programs. When the University of North Carolina Systemwas formed in 1972, ECSU became one of the system's sixteen constituent universities and entered into its current phase of development and organization.
ECSU's considerably spacious campus property encompasses convert|200|acre|km2, mostly flanked by residential districts.
Students can choose to be involved in various on-campus organizations, including fraternities, sororities, campus radio and TV stations, and intramural sports. A member of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association, ECSU's athletes compete in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
List of Chief Executive Officers
*Peter Wedderick Moore, A.M., LL.D. (Principal, 1891-1928, President Emeritus, 1928-1934)
*John Henry Bias, A.B., LL.D. (President, 1928-1939)
*Harold Leonard Trigg, Ed.D. (President, 1939-1945)
*Sidney David Williams, A.M., D.PED. (President, 1946-1958, President Emeritus, 1969-1974)
*Walter Nathaniel Ridley, Ed.D. (President, 1958-1968, President Emeritus, 1988-1996)
*Marion Dennis Thorpe, Ph.D. (President, 1968-1972, Chancellor, 1972-1983)
*Jimmy Raymond Jenkins, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1983-1995, Chancellor Emeritus, 1995-)
*Mickey Lynn Burnim, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1995-2006)
*Willie J. Gilchrist, Ed.D. (Chancellor, 2006-)
* [http://www.ecsu.edu/ www.ecsu.edu] Official web site
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