Willie Gilchrist Is Stepping Down as President of Elizabeth City State University

gcWillie J. Gilchrist, president of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, has announced that he will step down on June 30. His resignation comes on the heels of an investigation by state authorities of the campus police department. According to published reports, campus police did not investigate 120 campus complaints including 17 sexual assault allegations. The university also apparently failed to report campus crimes, as required by federal law.

Dr. Gilchrist has served as president since March 2007. From 1994 to 2006 he was the superintendent of the Halifax County school system in North Carolina.

President Gilchrist is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University. He holds a master’s degree from Brockport State University in New York and an educational doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

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  1. G E Diego says:

    I guess Gilchrist never heard of the word “oversight”. He just let things go without any responsibility. I hope no one hires him to lead anything. There are far too many people like this guy ruining our institutions.

  2. Earl Ingram says:

    Diego,
    Unfortunately this is the sad story and the current affairs of the UNC System. Aside from UNC A&T, the skill set of those leading HBCU’s in North Carolina is questionable. I’m not sure how a school superintendent can transfer administrative skills to higher education.

    There are other institutions who also do not report crime, maybe not as bad as Elizabeth City. Both WSSU and Elizabeth City are at the bottom of the totem pole. I’m wondering when Governor McCrory will start demanding accountability from President Tom Ross. This is the fourth chancellor either required to resign or deciding to resign in the last sixth months. It also goes to show the poor legacy that Erskine Bowles left for the state of North Carolina.
    Keep the faith!

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