Campus of Voorhees College. Photo Creds: Division of Strategic Communications and Media Relations/HBCU Campaign Fund.

DENMARK, SC Voorhees College announces that next April during its 125th Anniversary (quasquicentennial) Founders’ Week, the institution will change its name from Voorhees College to Voorhees University after the Board of Trustees approved the action at its annual spring meeting.

Upon approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Voorhees will soon be offering its first master’s degree program where graduate students can earn a master of education in improvement science. Also, the institution is introducing the School of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Integrative Learning, where the program will be housed.

David Miller, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said Voorhees founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright fought to change the world by providing educational opportunities to African American students back when learning was scarce.

“Her legacy is solid and as we prepare for 125 years, we want to honor her and highlight the progression the institution has made,” said Miller. “We are launching our first master’s degree and establishing a variety of development centers right here on campus. I could just imagine how proud she would be if she was here today to see the transformation after beginning in 1897.”

Interim president Dr. Ronnie Hopkins said the name change signifies the new beginning and the direction the institution is going in. “This is a critical yet exciting time for Voorhees as we make this significant transition towards our next level of excellence,” said Hopkins. “We are beyond excited to welcome graduate students to our first program while we make strides to build upon the School of Graduate Studies, Continuing Education, and Integrative Learning.”

The official launch of the name change will occur during the 125th Founders’ Week Celebration happening April 2022. More details to follow.

About Voorhees College
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ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Starting January 2019, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is offering its first online Masters of Education degree program.

The 100 percent online program will offer two concentrations, one for teacher leaders, and another for initial certification. With total tuition less than $7,000 they are some of the most affordable online graduate teaching programs in the region.

The initial certification program is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree that wants to become elementary school teachers. For people interested in teaching middle and high school, for specific subjects, this route may also be utilized to attain licensure from which additional endorsements can be added.

The concentration in Teacher Leadership is for current classroom teachers with three years of experience. It will facilitate the submittal of portfolios for National Board Certification, which in North Carolina provides for a 12 percent salary increase. An add-on endorsement for a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist is also integrated within this degree and it allows teachers to advance their careers as central office administrators or in non-principal school leadership roles.

“Initial response has been outstanding,” said Dr. Timoth Goodale, ECSU’s director of graduate studies. “Over 50 potential students have initiated their admissions applications for the graduate program and there is over a 1000 percent increase in number of students that have accepted their place in the program, compared to the fall admissions cycle.”

Due to this initial interest, ECSU is opening admissions window for one more week from Nov. 26 through Dec. 3, to allow students to complete their applications and to open the opportunity to apply to those just discovering the degree program.

For more information about ECSU’s graduate program and admissions requirements, go online to or contact Dr. Timothy Goodale, Director of Graduate Studies at