Sept. 21, 2023  


Leha Byrd

ECSU Communications and Marketing  

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Chief Ernest L. Cuthbertson comes to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) from the UNC System Office, where he was the Training Director of the UNC System's Public Safety Training Program at the North Carolina DPS Samarcand Training Academy. Prior to that, he worked for the Greensboro, NC, Police Department, reaching the rank of District Command Officer before retiring after 32 years with the agency. He served in many roles within the Greensboro Police Department, including training officer, watch commander, criminal investigation division, gang enforcement unit, and criminal intelligence unit. He concurrently worked as a Criminal Justice adjunct faculty member at North Carolina A&T for 10 years. Cuthbertson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he served on the Marine Corps security detail for the President of the United States and worked on the security team providing internal security for the White House and Camp David.

“We are fortunate that Chief Cuthbertson is joining the ECSU Viking family. He brings decades of experience to the role, along with strong bonds with officers and law enforcement agencies in our region, the state of North Carolina, and our nation,” says ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon. “His knowledge and relationships in the law enforcement community will help ensure the continued safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors on our campus and forge strong ties with external law enforcement partners.”

Cuthbertson holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University, a master's in Justice Administration & Policy from Methodist University, and a bachelor's in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University.


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