Dr. James A. Anderson

FAYETTEVILE, N.C. – Yesterday, June 13, Dr. James A. Anderson announced his decision to step down as Chancellor of Fayetteville State University effective immediately. Citing for personal reasons, Dr. Anderson is planned to continue to be a part of the Bronco family.

The school announced that the university aaits guidance from the System office in regards to an interim chancellor placement. A national search for the Chancellor’s position will occur once the interim appointment takes place.

Dr. Anderson has completed 11 years as the Chancellor of FSU. Including 11 years at NC State University, he has provided 22 years of distinguished service to the UNC system. During his tenure, the University has completed many milestones that are too long to list. Dr. Anderson is especially proud of the valuable relationship that have emerged among FSU and the military, the city and county, K-12 partners, and FTCC.

FAYETTEVILEE, NC – Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) fall 2018 graduates of the pre-licensure nursing program have earned a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the test required for entry into the nursing profession. Twenty-two students took the exam, and all passed on the first attempt.

“I can’t empathize enough how proud I am of these nursing graduates for the outstanding results on the nursing exam,” said James Anderson, FSU Chancellor. “The nursing program here continues to set the standard for similar programs in this region and state for quality and success. I am especially proud of the associate dean, the faculty, and staff who work tirelessly to ensure the continued viability of this world-class program. They are doing tremendous work and I can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

Pass rates of graduates on the NCLEX are generally regarded as the most important measure of nursing program quality. According to the NC Board of Nursing website, the 2018 national pass rate for bachelor’s degree students is 92% and 95% for North Carolina graduates. These latest scores bring FSU’s 2018 pass rate average to 98%. All scores reported are for first-time test takers.

The pre-licensure program is one of two tracks FSU offers students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The pre-licensure program curriculum is a 4-year program that prepares students for licensure as they earn a bachelor’s degree, while the other track, the RN-BSN, enables licensed registered nurses to complete requirement for the bachelor’s degree. To learn more about Fayetteville State University’s School of Nursing, please visit www.uncfsu.edu/academics/colleges-schools-and-departments/college-of-arts-and-sciences/school-of-nursing/pre-licensure.

About Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU offers degree in the baccalureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,300 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. To learn more about FSU, visit www.uncfsu.edu.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Fayetteville State University (FSU), Texas Southern University (TSU) and Virginia State University (VSU) have been chosen to participate in a pilot high school-to-college scholars program in a joint initiative of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Strada Education Network, the two organizations have announced.

“Seeing our program expand into HBCUs through this investment from Strada to TMCF will no doubt create a multiplier effect where these scholars transform into business leaders making a significant impact in our communities,” said Fleischer.

According to an press release from TMCF, Strada is providing a three-year, $1.8-million grant to creat the TMCF Fleischer HBCU [historically Black colleges and universities] Scholars Program, which is modeled after the Fleischer Scholars Program established in 2009 by entrepreneur Morton Fleischer, to help academically promising students from economically fragile backgrounds. Dr. Harry L. Williams, the TMCF President and CEO, hailed the new program as “a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools” that will “provide the pilot schools with tools and technology to bolster recruitment efforts and hopefully achieve the same level of success as the original Fleischer program.”

The program will begin next summer and bring 50 rising high school seniors to a “boot camp” at each of the university sites, involving potentially 450 students total by the end of the pilot, said Williams. The hope is that the program will succeed, and with help from funders, expand to include all 47 schools that are part of TMCF, Williams said.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, President and CEO at Thurgood Marshall College Fund

“We see this groundbreaking program as a true capacity-building opportunity for our member schools,” he said.

The new initiative dovetails with Strada’s mission to support and scale student success programs that help prepare students to pursue successful career paths, said the nonprofit’s president and CEO, Bill Hansen. He predicted that the scholars program will “build on the impressive success of the Fleischer program and replicate it to benefit thousands more high school students in their transition to attend our country’s leading HBCUs.”

Dr. Austin Lane, president of Texas Southern University, called his school’s participation in the pilot program an honor. “It gives TSU a unique opportunity to serve first-generation, underrepresented students in our area,” said Lane. “We will showcase what college is all about and introduce them to the finest examples of entrepreneurship and business in the Houston area. We will partner with the Houston Independent School District and other feeder institutions to identify the most promising young scholars to participate.”

“Most important,” he added, “this program allows TSU to help create future leaders while, at the same time, introducing them to one of the largest and most vibrant HBCU campuses in the nation.”

The new scholars program isn’t the first time TMCF and Strada have come together. In the past, Strada has supported the TMCG scholarship program and leadership institute, and the latest collaboration is the fruit of discussion that began several years ago, said Daryl Graham, Strada’s senior vice president of philanthropy.

Strada promotes innovate collaborations that help underserved students achieve college access and career success, he said, and the evolving missions and strategies of both Strada and TMCF are aligned in that regard.

“We wanted more opportunities in partnership with an organization that we felt very comfortable with,” said Graham. “This was a great fit for us and for them.”