ECSU Chancellor Karrie Dixon Selected to Lead North Carolina Central University

Karrie Dixon has been appointed as the thirteenth chancellor of historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham. She will assume her new role on July 1.

North Carolina Central University enrolls about 5,600 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. Black students represent about 80 percent of the undergraduate student population.

Since 2018, Dr. Dixon has served as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, a historically Black university in North Carolina. During her tenure, the university grew its enrollment by nearly 70 percent, raised $24 million in philanthropic gifts, received about $300 million in public funding for infrastructure and academic improvements, and reached a record high level of employee satisfaction.

Dr. Dixon has over two decades of experience with the University of North Carolina System, including service as the system’s vice president for academic and student affairs. Prior to her role with the UNC System, she served as assistant vice provost and an adjunct professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Dixon is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she majored in communication. She received a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and later returned to North Carolina State University to earn her doctorate in higher education administration.

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