Fayetteville State University Chancellor Abruptly Steps Down From His Post

Last Thursday James Anderson, chancellor of historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, announced that he was stepping down immediately. Chancellor Anderson cited “personal reasons” for his decision. He stated that he was not “retiring” but would take a year off and hopefully return to teach in the psychology department at the university.

In a statement, the university said that Dr. Anderson “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. Suffice it to say that among funding agencies, Department of Defense agencies and contractors, national educational organizations, accrediting bodies, and our peer institutions, FSU has developed a national reputation.”

The university added that it “will await guidance from the System office as it relates to an interim leader.”

Dr. Anderson became chancellor of Fayetteville State University in 2008. He is a graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania and holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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