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2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organization of the University

Officers of the University

Thomas W. Ross President
Suzanne Ortega Senior Vice President — Academic Affairs
Jeffrey R. Davies Chief of Staff
Charlie Perusse Vice President — Finance
L.B. Corgnati, Jr. Secretary of the University
Steven Leath Vice President — Research
vacant Vice President for Academic Planning
Laura Luger Vice President and General Counsel
John Leydon Vice President — Information Resources and CIO
Anita Watkins Vice President for Governmental Relations
Kimrey Rhinehardt Vice President for Federal Relations
William Fleming Vice President for Human Resources
Joni Worthington Vice President for Communications
Lyons Gray Senior Advisor to the President



Board of Governors 

Hannah D. Gage,

Peter D. Hans,
Vice Chairman

Dudley E. Flood,


Brent D. Barringer Mary Ann Maxwell
Atul C. Bhula Franklin E. McCain
W. Louis Bissette, Jr. W. Edwin McMahan
John M. Blackburn Charles H. Mercer, Jr.
Peacher Bunter Blank Fred G. Mills
Laura W. Buffaloe Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.
Bill Daughtridge, Jr. Hari H. Nath
Walter C. Davenport David M. Powers
James M. Deal, Jr. Irvin A. Roseman
Phillip R. Dixon Richard Taylor
Fred Eshelman Railford Trask III
John C. Fennebresque  Phillip D. Walker
Paul Fulton David W. Young
Ann B. Goodnight  
H. Frank Grainger James E. Holshouser, Jr., Emeritus Member
Thomas J. Harrelson J. Bradley Wilson, Emeritus Member
G. Leroy Lail  

History of The University of North Carolina

In North Carolina, all the public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of The University of North Carolina. Winston-Salem State University is one of the 16 constituent institutions of the multi-campus state university.

The University of North Carolina, chartered by the N.C. General Assembly in 1789, was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill in 1795. For the next 136 years, the only campus of The University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.

In 1877, the N.C. General Assembly began sponsoring additional institutions of higher education, diverse in origin and purpose. Five were historically black institutions, and another was founded to educate American Indians. Several were created to prepare teachers for the public schools. Others had a technological emphasis. One was a training school for performing artists.

In 1931, the N.C. General Assembly redefined The University of North Carolina to include three state-supported institutions: the campus at Chapel Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). The new multi-campus university operated with one board of trustees and one president. By 1969, three additional campuses had joined The University through legislative action: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In 1971, the General Assembly passed legislation bringing into The University of North Carolina the state’s ten remaining public senior institutions, each of which had until then been legally separate:

Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pembroke State University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. This action created the current 16-campus University. (In 1985, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, was declared an affiliated school of the university; and in 1996 Pembroke State University was renamed the University of North Carolina at Pembroke through legislative action.)

The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions.” It elects the president, who administers the University. The 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms. Former board chairmen and board members who are former governors of North Carolina may continue to serve for limited periods as non-voting members emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student’s designee, is also a non-voting member.

Each of the 16 constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president. Each institution has a board of trustees, consisting of eight members elected by the Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor, and the president of the student body, who serves ex officio. (The N.C. School of the Arts has two additional ex officio members.) Each board of trustees holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.

Board of Trustees

F. Scott Bauer, Chair  
Martin B. Davis, Vice Chair  
Debra Miller, Secretary  
Vivian H. Burke  
James C. Hash, Sr.  
Sue Henderson  
Victor Johnson, Jr.  
Thomas W. Lambeth  
Karen McNeil-Miller  
James N. Nanton  
Keith W. Vaughn  
Charles F. Wallington  
Austin Grier, President, Student Government Assoc. ex officio  

Executive Staff

Donald J. Reaves, Ph.D. Chancellor
Brenda A. Allen, Ph.D. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dorcas L. Colvin, Ed.D.

Executive Vice Chancellor for Management and Strategic Initiatives

Mr. Gerald E. Hunter Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Trae T. Cotten, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
RaVonda Dalton-Rann, M.A. and M.S. Executive Assistant to the Chancellor & Secretary of the University
Michelle Cook Vice Chancellor for University Advancement & Executive Director of WSSU Foundation
Camille Kluttz-Leach, J.D. University Legal Counsel
William L. Hayes Director of Athletics
Justin McKenzie Associate Provost for Information Resources & CIO
Shannon B. Henry Director of Internal Audit and Compliance Services
Merdis J. McCarter, Ed.D. Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Carolynn B. Berry, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Assessment, Research, and Curriculum
Tomikia LeGrande Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Nigel Alston Executive Director of Marketing, Alumni and Community Relations 
Nancy N. Young Interim Director for Public and Media Relations

Academic Affairs

Brenda A. Allen, Ph.D. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Merdis J. McCarter, Ed.D. Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Justin McKenzie Associate Provost Information Resources/CIO
Carolynn B. Berry, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Assessment, Research and Curriculum
Letitia Cornish Assistant Provost for Administration and Planning
Kathy Stitts, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for Lifelong Learning
Denise Pearson, Ph.D. Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs


Charles W. Ford, Jr., Ph.D. College of Arts and Sciences
Jessica Bailey, Ph.D. School of Business and Economics
Manuel Vargas, Ph.D. School of Education and Human Performance
Peggy Valentine, Ed.D. School of Health Sciences
Michelle Releford, Ph.D. University College



Department Chairs

Russell Morton, Ph.D. Accounting and Management Information Systems
Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, Ph.D. Economics and Finance
Thomas Jones, Ph.D. Management and Marketing
George Harwell, Ph.D. Clinical Laboratory Science
Elva Jones, Ph.D. Computer Science
Madu Ireh, Ph.D. Education
Audrey Forrest-Carter, Ph.D. (Interim) English and Foreign Languages
Michael Magruder, Ph.D. (Interim) Fine Arts
Cynthia Williams-Brown Ph.D. Human Performance and Sport Sciences
Donna Durham-Pierre, Ph.D. Life Sciences
Phillip Jeter, Ph.D. Mass Communications
John Adeyeye, Ph.D. Mathematics
Dorothy Bethea, M.P.A., Ed.D. Occupational Therapy
Mamadu Yakubu, Ph.D. (Interim) Chemistry
Teresa Conner-Kerr, Ph.D. Physical Therapy
Subash Shah, Ph.D. (Interim) Social Sciences
Tiffany Baffour, Ph.D. Behavioral Sciences and Social Work
Lenora Campbell, Ph.D. Nursing (Associate Dean)
Faye Cobb, Ph.D. Healthcare Management
Cynthia Kasee, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies
Gary Bond, Ph.D.  

Psychological Sciences

See the University’s Webpage for Current Listing of Administrators in Administrative and Academic Support Areas