Elizabeth City State University
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|Motto||"To Live is to Learn"|
|Chancellor||Dr. Thomas Conway|
|Location||Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Campus||200 acres (0.81 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and White
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – CIAA|
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a public, historically black college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in the United States. ECSU enrolls nearly 2,500 students in 37 baccalaureate programs and three masters degree programs, a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as a member-institution of the University of North Carolina system.
Elizabeth City State University was established by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 3, 1891, in response to a bill calling for the creation of a two-year normal school for 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. The campus quadrangle and six surrounding buildings are included in the Elizabeth City State Teachers College Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
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 science degrees 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 System was formed in 1972, ECSU became one of the system's sixteen constituent universities and entered into its current phase of development and organization.
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–present)
- Mickey Lynn Burnim, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1995–2006)
- Willie J. Gilchrist, Ed.D. (Chancellor, 2006–2013)
- Charles L. Becton, J.D. (Interim Chancellor, 2013–2014)
- Stacey Franklin Jones, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 2014-2015)
- Thomas Conway, Ph.D. (Interim Chancellor, effective January 1, 2016)
ECSU's campus encompasses 200 acres (0.81 km2), mostly flanked by residential districts.
Students can choose to be involved in various on-campus organizations, including fraternities, sororities, radio station WRVS-FM, campus TV station, and intramural sports.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ECSU's athletes, known athletically as the Vikings, compete in the Division II athletic conference known as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
|Reggie Langhorne||1984||Former NFL wide receiver|
|Larry Johnson, Sr.||1973||Former NFL linebacker, current defensive line coach at Penn State University, and six-time Maryland high school "Coach of the Year"|
|Jethro Pugh||1964||Former NFL defensive tackle|
|Mike Gale||1970||Former professional basketball player in both the ABA and the NBA|||
|Johnnie Walton||1975||Former NFL quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Boston Breakers of the USFL.|
|Everett McIver||1993||Former NFL offensive guard|
|Bobby Futrell||1985||Former NFL defensive back|
|Tim Cofield||1985||Former NFL and CFL linebacker|
|Stanley Bryant||Former NFL and current CFL offensive lineman|
- Tom Butchko (September 1992). "Elizabeth City State Teachers College Historic District" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- The Charlotte Observer
- The Daily Advance
- The Charlotte Observer
- "NBA/ABA Players who attended Elizabeth City State University". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
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