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. 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.
There have been six presidents and seven chancellors in the university's history.John Oliver Crosby was elected as the first president of the "Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race" on May 25, 1892. 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.
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.
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.
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.