Elizabeth City State president stepping down

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

May 20, 2013

Willie 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.