Friday, June 3, 2011

ECSU announces Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--Elizabeth City State University announces the name of the newest structure for instruction on campus-- the Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex. The building, which is located on the southeast corner of the campus near Weeksville Road, is named in honor of the current chancellor and his wife, both graduates of ECSU.

The three story, 47,991 square foot building will contain 53 faculty offices, including the Dean’s suite, education and psychology chairs and endowed chair offices, two faculty lounges, three conference rooms, 15 classrooms and laboratories as well as a curriculum resource center. All exterior doors and office suite entrance doors will be operated by a key card system. All classrooms will be constructed to support full audio visual conferencing and they will have audio visual display capabilities. Each classroom will be equipped with a wall mounted phones for emergency use. Four LCD monitors, two will be posted on the first floor, and one will be posted on the second and third floor, to display general student information and emergency messages. The scheduled completion date for the building is December 2, 2011. The date of the grand opening is pending. The name of the building was approved at the March 8, 2011 meeting of the ECSU Board of Trustees.

Chancellor Gilchrist is the ninth chief executive officer of Elizabeth City State University who was appointed chancellor on March 15, 2007. Prior to this appointment, he served as interim chancellor of ECSU from September 1, 2006. With an extensive background as an educator and administrator for over 30 years, he last served as superintendent of Halifax County Schools (NC) since 1994.

Chancellor Gilchrist holds an undergraduate degree in health and physical education from ECSU (1973), a master's degree in administration from Brockport State University in New York (1975), and a doctorate of education in administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida (1998). He has also completed additional graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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