It is my great pleasure to announce that Soror Stacey Franklin Jones has been elected Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, one of the 17 University of North Carolina campuses and a historically black institution of higher learning.
Soror Stacey is a member of Xi Omega in Washington, D.C., and has had a long association with HBCUs: She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics from Howard University in 1982; served as dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.; and was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bowie State University in Maryland.
Beginning Oct. 1, Soror Stacey will be the first female chancellor at Elizabeth City State University and will welcome the opportunity to be supportive of the sorority's initiative to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Think HBCUSM.
In nominating her to be chancellor, UNC President Tom Ross summed up her work with private industry and government agencies as well as in academia. He said, “Over a career that spans three decades, she has proven herself to be a strategic thinker who is engaged, resourceful, innovative and accessible. At this pivotal point in its history, I believe she has the right mix of skills, expertise and passion needed to guide Elizabeth City State University toward future success.”
In her academic life, Soror Stacey earned masters’ degrees in numerical science (1986) and technical management (1991) from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in computer science (1997) from George Washington University. In addition, she has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University and the Executive Leadership Program at Hampton University.
Soror Stacey is the mother of two young adult children. She was initiated into Alpha Chapter in 1981 and is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She serves as tamiouchos of Xi Omega.
Congratulations, Soror Stacey Franklin Jones!