Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 2013: ECSU Announces New Administrators

ECSU announces new administrators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE------Elizabeth City State University announces the appointment of three interim administrators: Mr. James Dockery as interim director of the Division of Human Resources, Dr. Gerald McCants, interim vice chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs, and Mr. J. Lin Dawson as interim athletics director.

Mr. James Dockery recently served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Compliance Officer at North Carolina Central University (2010 – July 2013). In 2011, he developed and launched the social media platform, which was designed to enhance diversity and inclusion within the legal profession by enabling lawyers from around the world to build sustainable relationships using social media.  Diverse Lawyers is the only on-line professional networking platform of its kind designed for the legal community. Dockery also served as Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (2005-2010); Corporate Counsel/ Director of Diversity for Clear Channel Communications in San Antonio, Texas (2000-2005); Special Counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, in  Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld (1998-2000). Dockery served in the U. S. Air Force from 1987 to 2009.    
 Dockery earned a B.A. in political science from North Carolina Central University and a J.D., from the University of North Carolina, School of Law. He completed the Executive Leadership Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Teacher Training at Harvard University.

Dr. Gerald McCants, an administrator with over 30 years of experience in higher education, returns to ECSU after formerly serving here as assistant to the Chancellor for Enrollment Management, Planning, Research and Outreach (2001 – 2007) when he retired. Other posts at this university include: Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement (Interim) (April 2001 to September 2001) and Assistant to the Chancellor for Planning, Assessment, and Research (September 1999 to September 2001). McCants served as Associate Vice President for Student Services (Interim) and Director of Special Programs (March 1998 to August 1999) with the University of North Carolina’s General Administration. Other institutions where he served as an administrator include: Special Consultant to the Chancellor at Fayetteville State University (January 1996 to February 1998); Winston Salem State University, Interim Chancellor (July 1995 to December 1995) and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at Winston-Salem State University (August 1991 to December 1995); Special Consultant to the Chancellor at North Carolina Central University (March 1992 to May 1992 and July 1992 to December 1992); Director, Academic Development Program at Elizabeth City State University (March 1987 to August 1991);  Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Professor of Education, and Director of Affirmative Action (May 1982 to March 1987)   University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Equal Opportunity Specialist with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.     

McCants earned a B.S. in physical education and recreation from Central Michigan University (January 1968), a M.A. in counseling and guidance from Central Michigan University (June 1969) and a Ph.D. in administration and higher education from Michigan State University (June 1974). He served the country in the U.S. Naval Reserves (1975 to 1993) and the U.S. Air Force (1961 to 1965).

Mr. J. Lin Dawson has held significant roles in higher education and business settings. He was a team chaplain, player representative and the starting tight-end with the New England Patriots. Following his 10-year National Football League football career, Dawson worked as an entrepreneur, a graduate school professor, consultant, director, athletic administrator, program designer, and senior officer over the course of his 30-year professional career.

Dawson used many of those experiences to make notable contributions in higher education for the benefit of student athletes.  He was an Associate Director of Training and Education at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society (CSSS) at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. (1991 to 1994). As a member of the CSSS staff, Dawson worked with an award-winning program called Project TEAMWORK that used former professional athletes to address issues of race, ethnicity and gender. Under his leadership, the CSSS won national awards from the Anti-Defamation League, the Peter F. Drucker Foundation and was named the country’s best conflict resolution program by the White House in June of 1994.

He returned to his alma mater, North Carolina State University in 1994, to work five years as Manager of ImPack, the athletic department’s student-athlete development program. There, he also served as sport administrator for football for five years.  ImPack Program was awarded the inaugural ‘Program of Distinction’ by the NCAA Division I Athletic Directors Association in 1997.

After a five-year stint at North Carolina State University, Dawson spent one year as the Chief Operating Officer with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. (NCAS).

In June of 2000, Dawson returned to the state of North Carolina and assumed the position of Director of Athletics at North Carolina Central University. He implemented cost savings measures and oversaw fundraising ventures to help the department meet its budgetary goals.

Following his tenure at North Carolina Central, Dawson spent three years (2003-2006) at Virginia Commonwealth University as an Adjunct Professor in the school’s Graduate Sports Management Program and Associate Athletic Director/Associate Director of the VCU Sports Center.

From 2008 to 2011, Dawson served as Director of Athletics/Special Assistant to the President at Grambling State University, where he was responsible for fiscal management, eliminating debt, increasing corporate sponsorships, monitoring staff procedures and professional development.

In January of 2007, Dawson entered the private sector and served as the Chief Spiritual Officer for The Lin Dawson Organization, LLC (LDO). As CSO of the organization, Dawson provides organizational development consulting. Dawson has been involved with the ministry for 32 years and also serves as the Executive Director of the Motherland Foundation.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Communication from Northeastern University; a MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management and Knowledge/Learning Management from Walden University. Currently, he’s a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Management and Decision Sciences-Organizational Change and Leadership and a M.Div. candidate.

Dawson is also a counselor and a minister.

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Photos available upon request.

Kesha Williams
Director of Media Relations| University Relations and Marketing
Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Rd. | Elizabeth City, NC  27909
Phone:  252.335.3686 | Fax:  252.335.3769

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