School of Education at Elizabeth City State University Named for Helen Marshall Caldwell

Helen Marshall Caldwell, the first woman to serve as vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, had the university’s School of Education and Psychology named in her honor. Dr. Caldwell first joined the faculty at ECSU in 1953 and served until 1997. She was vice chancellor for academic affairs for nine years.

At the dedication ceremony, a poem by Leonard A. Slade Jr., professor of Africana studies at the University at Albany and a former student of Dr. Caldwell, was read  in her honor:

Leonard A. Slade Jr.

“Dr. Helen Marshall Caldwell”

She was a loyal wife.
We admired.  We see a sweet mother.
The sweetness making the soul noble,
Developing minds to the maximum.

And under her Vice Chancellorship
Elizabeth City State became nationally-ranked.
Here lives an intellectual giant

Regal with style and grace
A work celebrated that
Changed the world.

Her named immortalized
Her whole being made Divine.

Dr. Caldwell is a graduate of Virginia State University. She earned a master’s degree in speech from New York University and an educational doctorate from George Washington University.

Related Articles


  1. As a former mathematics student and football player for Coach Thomas L. Caldwell(deceased husband)of Dr. Helen M. Caldwell(mom), it is a pleasure and excellent opportunity to serve as the E. V. Wilkins Endowed Professor in the Helen M. Caldwell School of Education & Psychology.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs