Chowan University to make history with announcement of 23rd President

At a press conference to be held at 11:30 am on February 15, 2018, Frank Rose, chair of the Board of Trustees of Chowan University, will announce the next president of the University. The event will take place in front of McDowell Columns Hall. Mark your calendars and plan to join the Board of Trustees, Dr. and Mrs. Chris White, faculty, staff, students, and other notable community members at this historic event.

President White has served the University for 15 unfaltering years, and announced last fall he would begin the transition to chancellor. He will be the first president in the institution’s 170-year history to serve as chancellor and remain on staff after completing his presidency. He began his tenure when Chowan was still Chowan College, and remained president as the College transitioned to University, thus making the appointment of the 23rd president the first since receiving university status.

Following an internal selection process, the Board of Trustees, search committee, and Dr. White are pleased to introduce you to the 2nd president of Chowan University and 23rd president of this great institution. The new Chowan University president will take the reins during the 170th anniversary year of the school which was founded in 1848 as Chowan Female Institute.

Under Dr. White’s leadership the University witnessed a period of great prosperity. His accomplishments brought the institution back from the brink of imminent closure. This steady growth and institutional development shaped the current position of strength which allows for succession in the transition between presidents. Dr. White’s new role as chancellor will support the new president and poise the University for even greater achievements.

Chowan University has been a cornerstone of the eastern North Carolina region for 170 years, serving as educator, employer, and general boost to the economy. The community is invited to once again join Chowan University in celebrating another milestone at 11:30 am on February 15, 2018, for this momentous event. 

Amanda Bradshaw Sharpe | University Relations |

Posts from February 2018

February 28, 2018
John A. Hinton received the Futrell/Ruffin Community Service Award during the Annual Reverend George T. and Luvenia B. Rouson Memorial Lecture for his faithful service to the Murfreesboro community through Chamber of Commerce and as Mayor of Murfreesboro from 2010 to 2017.
February 28, 2018
Dr. Warren Milteer, Assistant Professor of history at the University of South Carolina, headlined the Reverend George T. and Luvenia B. Rouson Memorial Lecture with a presentation about free people of color in Hertford County, and received the Rouson Memorial Lecture Award.
February 28, 2018
On February 3, 2018, Dr. Cicely J. Cottrell, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Chowan University, gave the keynote address at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Diversity Breakfast for the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Benham, KY.
February 16, 2018
At 3pm on February 21, 2018, in the upper level of Whitaker Library on the Chowan University campus, community members, students, faculty, and staff are invited to a book talk by Dr. Paul R. Gilliam III (Trey) discussing his new publication, Ignatius of Antioch and the Arian Controversy.