List of Leaders of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

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The Leader of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, referred to as the Chancellor, is the chief executive officer of the University.[1] The chancellor is recommended by the university's Board of Trustees and selected by the president of the University of North Carolina and the Board of Governors. The chancellor reports to the Board of Trustees for the operation and management of the University.[1]

In 1971, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation bringing all 16 public institutions that confer bachelor degrees into the University of North Carolina System.[2] As a result, the university became a constituent institution and Lewis Carnegie Dowdy, the college’s sixth president, was reappointed as the college's first chancellor in July 1972.[3]

There have been six presidents and seven chancellors in the university's history.[3] John Oliver Crosby was elected as the first president of the "Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race" on May 25, 1892.[2] The twelfth, and current, Chancellor of North Carolina A&T is Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr. Martin, elected May 22, 2009 is the first alumnus of the university to hold the position.[2][4]

List of Presidents and Chancellors[edit]

John O. Crosby
James B. Dudley
Ferdinand D. Bluford
Warmoth T. Gibbs
Samuel D. Proctor
Lewis C. Dowdy
Number Name Tenure Life Notes & Events
1 John Oliver Crosby 1892–1896 First President of the college, designed the first buildings on the permanent campus in Greensboro, created the first two academic departments: The departments of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.[3]
2 James Benson Dudley 1896–1925 1859–1925 Restructured the college's curriculum to prepare students for jobs that were currently available; created the teaching department and summer school.[5][6]
3 Ferdinand Douglass Bluford 1925–1955 1882–1955 Headed the college for 30 years, serving longer than any president or chancellor in the school's history, raised the college rating From "D" class to "A", Created the Graduate School and the Schools of Agriculture, Education, General Studies, Engineering, and Nursing were established as well as the Technical Institute.[3]
4 Warmoth Thomas Gibbs 1956–1960 1892–1955 College became accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges; Published the first written account the college's history.[7][3]
5 Samuel DeWitt Proctor 1960–1964 1921–1997 President During the Greensboro Sit-Ins of the 1960s.[3]
6 Lewis Carneige Dowdy 1964–1972 1917–2000 College experienced one of its greatest periods of growth, in academics, athletics, capital improvements, research funding, grants, and external financial support; Reorganized, and created new, academic departments such as the Schools of Education, Business and Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences.[3][8]
Lewis Carnegie Dowdy 1972–1980 1917–2000 Reappointed as the N.C. A&T's First Chancellor when the university became a constituent of the University of North Carolina in 1972.[2]
7 Cleon Franklin Thompson Jr. 1980–1981 Interim Chancellor from 1980–1981.[3]
8 Edward Bernard Fort 1981–1999 Guided the university to national prominence as a leader in engineering and technology education; initiated more than thirty new academic programs; awarded the first Ph.D.s in mechanical and electrical engineering; completed more than $50 million in new construction and nearly $30 million in facility renovations; expanded enrollment, increased the globalization of the campus; established the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center.[3]
9 James Carmichael Renick 1999–2006 University experienced record enrollment; new campus infrastructure added to the physical plant; established a $100 million capital campaign.[3]
10 Lloyd Vincent “Vic” Hackley 2006–2007 Interim Chancellor from 2006–2007.[3]
11 Stanley Fred Battle 2007–2009 Re-centered the university's academic excellence by enrolling the finest freshman class in 25 years; University was the first HBCU to receive the prestigious Engineering Research Center grant awarded by the National Science Foundation; Established the first Wall Street trading room at a HBCU; College of Engineering ranked top 25 in the nation.[3]
12 Harold L. Martin, Sr. 2009–Present First Alumnus appointed to Chancellor in the history of the University.[3]

† denotes N.C. A&T alumnus


  1. ^ a b "Chapter III - Administrative Organization". North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Faculty Handbook. North Carolina A&T. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "A&T History". F.D. Bluford Library-NC A&T State University. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Presidents & Chancellors". F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T State University. NC A&T State Universiy. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Chancellor Harold L. Martin Biography". North Carolina A&T. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Arnett, Ethel Stephens (1973). For Whom Our Public Schools Were Named, Greensboro, North Carolina. Piedmont Press. pp. 181–191. 
  6. ^ Caldwell, Arthur Bunyan (1921). HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO (NORTH CAROLINA EDITION ed.). A. B. CALDWELL PUBLISHING CO. p. 121. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Warmoth T. Gibbs Sr.". Greensboro Sit-ins: Launch of The Civil Rights Movement website. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Lewis Carnegie Dowdy Chancellor of North Carolina A&T University". Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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