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Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University
Motto "To Live is to Learn"
Established 1891
Type Public, HBCU
Chancellor Stacey Franklin Jones
Students 2,421
Undergraduates 2,336
Postgraduates 85
Location Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S.
Campus 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Colors Blue and White
Athletics NCAA Division IICIAA
Nickname Vikings
Affiliations UNC System
Website .edu.ecsuwww

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a public, historically black college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in the United States. ECSU enrolls nearly 2,500 students in 37 baccalaureate programs and three masters degree programs, a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as a member-institution of the University of North Carolina system.


  • History 1
    • List of Chief Executive Officers 1.1
  • Campus 2
  • Student life 3
    • Athletics 3.1
  • Notable alumni 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


Elizabeth City State University was established by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 3, 1891, in response to a bill calling for the creation of a two-year normal school for the "teaching and training [of] teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina." This was to provide training for more teachers of primary grades. The campus quadrangle and six surrounding buildings are included in the Elizabeth City State Teachers College Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1][2]

In 1937, the school made the transformation into a full four-year teachers college and was officially named Elizabeth City State Teachers College, while expanding its role to include the training of principals as well. In 1939, the college awarded its first bachelor of science degrees in its program of elementary education. Within the following twenty-five years, the college expanded its offerings to include a vocational-technical program and a total of thirteen academic majors.

In December 1961, the college gained membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1963 its name was changed to Elizabeth City State College. In 1969, its name was changed to Elizabeth City State University to reflect expansion and the addition of graduate programs. When the University of North Carolina System was formed in 1972, ECSU became one of the system's sixteen constituent universities and entered into its current phase of development and organization.

List of Chief Executive Officers

  • Peter Wedderick Moore, A.M., LL.D. (Principal, 1891–1928, President Emeritus, 1928–1934)
  • John Henry Bias, A.B., LL.D. (President, 1928–1939)
  • Harold Leonard Trigg, Ed.D. (President, 1939–1945)
  • Sidney David Williams, A.M., D.PED. (President, 1946–1958, President Emeritus, 1969–1974)
  • Walter Nathaniel Ridley, Ed.D. (President, 1958–1968, President Emeritus, 1988–1996)
  • Marion Dennis Thorpe, Ph.D. (President, 1968–1972, Chancellor, 1972–1983)
  • Jimmy Raymond Jenkins, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1983–1995, Chancellor Emeritus, 1995–present)
  • Mickey Lynn Burnim, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1995–2006)
  • Willie J. Gilchrist, Ed.D. (Chancellor, 2006–2013)
  • Charles L. Becton, J.D. (Interim Chancellor, 2013–2014)
  • Stacey Franklin Jones, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 2014-present)[3]


ECSU's campus encompasses 200 acres (0.81 km2), mostly flanked by residential districts.

Student life

Students can choose to be involved in various on-campus organizations, including fraternities, sororities, radio station WRVS-FM, campus TV station, and intramural sports.


Official Athletics logo

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ECSU's athletes, known athletically as the Vikings, compete in the Division II athletic conference known as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Reggie Langhorne 1984 Former NFL wide receiver
Larry Johnson, Sr. 1973 Former NFL linebacker, current defensive line coach at Penn State University, and six-time Maryland high school "Coach of the Year"
Jethro Pugh 1964 Former NFL defensive tackle
Mike Gale 1970 Former professional basketball player in both the ABA and the NBA [4]
Johnnie Walton 1975 Former NFL quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Boston Breakers of the USFL.
Everett McIver 1993 Former NFL offensive guard
Bobby Futrell 1985 Former NFL defensive back
Tim Cofield 1985 Former NFL and CFL linebacker
Stanley Bryant Former NFL and current CFL offensive lineman
Kenny Williams 1989 Former professional basketball player


  1. ^ Tom Butchko (September 1992). "Elizabeth City State Teachers College Historic District" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ The Daily Advance
  4. ^ "NBA/ABA Players who attended Elizabeth City State University". Retrieved 2008-04-05. 

External links

  • Official website
  • ECSU Athletics website
  • Student yearbooks from 1925-2008

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