Founder's Day
  • Founders Convocation

Founders Day Convocation

Each year, the university community, alumni, and friends gather for Founders  Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in March 1891.  We invite you to join us as we commemorate the 130th Anniversary of the founding of Elizabeth City State University. Please join us for this milestone with remarks from  Mr. Montré Freeman '95, ECSU graduate and City Manager for the City of Elizabeth City, NC. 

This year's event  will be live streamed on March 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. To view the convocation ceremony, click here. 





About the Speaker

On January 11, 2021, Montre D. Freeman became the 1st African-American sworn to hold the seat of City Manager for the City of Elizabeth City, NC. In his role of City Manager, Montre serves as the CEO of the city where he is responsible for all city personnel and operations. He is also responsible for the city’s 67-million-dollar budget and keeping the Council informed on matters that impact the citizens of Elizabeth City. 

Prior to his appointment to City Manager, he served as the Town Administrator for Enfield, NC. He also served as a compliance officer for two mental health agencies. 

Montre was born, reared and educated in Bertie County and often posts the phase “Bertie Stand Up” when celebrating Bertie County natives on social media. He is a 1992 graduate of Bertie High School and went on to attend Elizabeth City State University, where he was a standout football player and member of the track team. In the fall of 1995, he pledged the Legendary Lambda Gamma Chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, on the campus of Elizabeth City State University. In 1996, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He entered the workforce holding a variety of positions in state and federal government as well as an executive position with Lowes Distribution Centers. In 2013, Montre was admitted into North Carolina Central University’s School of Law. He would go on to graduate in 2017 receiving a dual degree of Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration. While in law school, Montre belonged to several student organizations and was selected to represent the Legal Eagles at the National Football League’s Negotiation Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana 

Outside of the office, Montre continues to impact the lives of youth and young adults by hosting internship opportunities and mentoring young men and women about the power of academia, decision making, entrepreneurship, and local government.

He has appeared on several news outlets and was featured in a WRAL Documentary entitled, Disconnected, to discuss the impact of the digital divide in rural North Carolina. Montre is married to the Honorable Teresa R. Freeman, a District Court Judge for Judicial District 6 which serves Halifax, Northampton, Hertford and Bertie Counties. They have two beautiful children Maleah Ellyse and Kingston Lenix. Montre is the proud son of William A. Freeman, a 1972 graduate of Elizabeth City State University and Rosa B. Freeman a 1994 graduate of Elizabeth City State University. He also has a twin brother who is a 1997 and 2013 graduate of Elizabeth City State University, so it’s safe to say that Viking Pride is a family affair. He stands on the shoulders of all of those who made sacrifices for him to be who he is today and he thanks them immensely.