Darrell T. Allison, chancellor of Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, was named the William Pearson Tolley Champion for Veterans in Higher education award winner by Student Veterans of America. The annual award is given to university leaders across the country who excel in providing innovative and creative management strategies and demonstrate excellence in leadership in supporting military and veteran students.
Chancellor Allison is working to broaden Fayetteville State’s reach with targeted student populations, providing more effective outreach, services, and resources to adult learners and military-connected students. His efforts have helped position the university as a national leader with military-connected students. In 2021, FSU was the top-ranked “Best for Vets” college among all four-year HBCUs in Military Times’ annual ranking.
“It gives me great pleasure to celebrate this huge honor bestowed upon me. FSU is not only the second oldest institution in the University of North Carolina System, it also is just miles away from the largest military institution in the world, Fort Bragg. This puts us in prime position to be the nation’s leading HBCU for military and veteran students,” stated Chancellor Allison.
Allison was named chancellor of Fayetteville State Univerity last year. Earlier, he was vice president of governmental affairs at the American Federation for Children. Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina Central University and a law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.