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Flora Brown Deborah Branch
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs reports to the Chancellor.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides executive leadership in ensuring the overall development of each student through collegial leadership, vision, creativity, and dedication. The position provides direction and accountability for the administration, development, assessment and improvement of student services and experiences which meet and support the University's mission and strategic plan.

Flora Brown Flora Brown
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of Assessment and Accreditation

The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs reports directly to the Chancellor and participates in general planning and administration of the university.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is ECSU's chief academic officer and provides leadership to ensure the integrity, accountability and overall excellence of academic programs, academic support programs, and activities related to student life. Additionally, the chief academic officer provides management of the resources of the division, facilitates student access and success, student life, counseling, community engagement, student conduct, career planning and placement, residence hall living and international student services.

The division works to create and promote an environment in which students may develop into mature, well-rounded citizens who are self-disciplined, and who have an appreciation for the importance of lifelong learning.

The Director of Assessment and Accreditation coordinates a university-wide planning system; develops and manages the assessment process designed to enhance the process of institutional effectiveness and accreditation; and oversees the institutional research activities of the university.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the institution in all matters related to assessment, accreditation and institutional planning. Provide leadership for the university planning system. Provide leadership in the preparation of the university's strategic plan. Provide oversight for the updates to the university fact book. Work with the Provost, Deans, Chairs, the Director of Graduate Education and other various committees to ensure proper academic program planning and reporting, including maintaining the university's inventory of academic programs and the status of new program requests. Support institutional initiatives that require information gleaned through the administration of surveys, analysis of reports, or participation in regional, state, and national data exchanges. Serve as the University liaison to the Commission of Colleges of the regional accrediting body. Serve as the liaison to the University of North Carolina System Office for academic program planning

Paula Bowe Paula Bowe
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

The Chief Human Resources Officer reports to the Chancellor, serves as senior advisor on matters pertaining to human resources management and has responsibility for and authority over HR Banner, employee benefits; faculty and staff recruitment; selection and employment; training and staff development; staff wage, salary, and position management.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and communicates human resources policies and procedures; planning, organizing and directing the development of valid and reliable instruments to be used as a basis for fair and legal selection, training, performance evaluations, compensation, staff development practices; and manages the EPA contract process for all EPA non-teaching staff members.

Alyn Goodson

Alyn Goodson
Interim General Counsel

The General Counsel reports to the Chancellor on legal matters pertinent to the university.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Renders legal opinions; reviews and prepares university contracts; drafts and revises policies; assist the Office of the Attorney General in the defense of litigation and claims involving the university; disseminate legal information with the university community; monitor the university's compliance with the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act; performs other duties as assigned by the Chancellor.

Derrick Johnson Derrick Johnson
Director of Athletics

The Director of Athletics reports to the Chancellor and provides vision, leadership and advocacy for the overall Athletics Program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsibility for planning, organizing, recruiting, staffing evaluation and assessment. Oversee the efficient management of fiscal resources and facilities; demonstrates a commitment to academic integrity, gender equity, diversity and compliance with the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association( NCAA) Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) rules. Assume the leadership associated with the athletic development and fund-raising programs designed to enhance the Athletics program. Promote sound academic principles.

Josh Lassiter Josh Lassiter
Acting Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance reports directly to the Chancellor.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance is ECSU's Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for ensuring sound fiscal and operational management of the university's monetary resources, coordinating and maintaining the university's budget, providing and enhancing quality services by all units, and implementing and maintaining adequate internal controls.  This Vice Chancellor further serves as the head of the Division of Business & Finance, providing overall leadership to following specific departments: Office of the Controller, the Budget & Financial Planning Department, Procurement & Materials Management and the Office of Contracts & Grants.  Additional responsibilities include leadership and management of various auxiliary services, including Student Dining & Catering Services, Student Stores, Rental Property Management and Risk Management.  The Vice Chancellor of Business & Finance is a member of the Chancellor's cabinet and participates in the general planning & administration of the university.

Ralisha Mercer Ralisha Mercer
Interim Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement reports to the Chancellor.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement is responsible for taking a lead role in planning and implementing, in consonance with the University's mission and its leadership team, a comprehensive program for private and corporate support. This includes working in conjunction with the Chancellor to design and implement major and planned giving programs, an annual fund, and any special or capital giving programs that may flow from the strategic planning process of the university. The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement is also responsible for providing overall management and leadership of the following departments: Alumni Relations and Community Development. Additional duties include serving as Executive Director for The Elizabeth City State University Foundation.

Suresh Murugan Suresh Murugan
Chief Information Officer

This is a senior-level position with primary responsibility for assisting the Chancellor in general administrative duties and supervising various units as assigned by the Chancellor.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Chief Information Officer (CIO)is responsible for providing overall management and leadership of all Information Technology (IT)related matters, as well as, developing and implementing an IT strategy consistent with the UNC System. This includes the establishment, implementation, and enforcement of IT policies and procedures; review and approve all IT related hardware and software purchases; the installation and support of all university-wide software and hardware; the implementation and support of a campus-based fiber network which provides internet, e-mail and web access to key campus-based applications for faculty, staff, and student use; and represents the university on all IT matters for both internal and external groups. Offices reporting directly to the CIO include IT Client Services, Administrative Computing, and Network Services.

Gwendolyn Sanders Gwendolyn Sanders
Secretary of the University

The Secretary of the University provides professional support and counsel to the Chancellor on matters related to the efficient and effective management of the University. The Secretary of the University is expected to identify, assess and analyze significant issues and opportunities which may require the attention of the senior leadership and advise the Chancellor regarding policy and implementation options.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Secretary of the University oversees the functioning of the Chancellor's Office with duties including but not limited to the following: facilitating and expediting action by the Chancellor and following-up on matters brought to the Chancellor; reviewing all communications directed to the chancellor and, where appropriate, either summarizing, responding, initiating fact-finding and/or referring the matter to the appropriate university official; assisting the Chancellor in formulation of procedures and policies, researching and planning, and day-to-day administrative coordination; and serving as the Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth City State University.