Dr. Harriett Davis has joined the cabinet as Interim Vice Chancellor for institutional advancement. She is an experienced higher education administrator and fundraising professional with more than 30 years of experience. Before returning to Fayetteville State University, she served as vice chancellor for institutional advancement at North Carolina Central University. She transformed the University Advancement from an office to a division that increased private support from its alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. Under her leadership, she increased the university’s donor support by 50%, acquired record levels of giving from millennials and students, established corporate partnerships, internships with several organizations, including PNC, HomefreeUSA and Blue Cross Blue Shield NC. She cultivated a culture of philanthropy on campus, met or exceeded annual giving goals and launched an annual report that pays tribute to donors and alumni who established endowments.
Dr. Brooksie Harrington joined the Office of the Chancellor as special assistant for strategic initiatives of the university. He is a professor of English with years of experience in teaching, scholarship and service. Dr. Harrington has received multiple grants to support student engagement and he has dedicated many years of research to the study of the aesthetics of gospel music. One of his notable works is “Shirley Caesar: A Woman of Words”. He is a National Endowment of Humanities scholar, as well as a visiting scholar for York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute for Research in Toronto, Ontario, and the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. In his role, Dr. Harrington will monitor strategic initiatives of the university, research and prepare reports on the outcomes, and present the findings to various constituents. Dr. Harrington received undergraduate degrees in speech and Spanish education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A bachelor’s degree in English from St. Andrew’s University, and master’s degrees in English and African American Studies from The Ohio State University. He also earned a doctorate in English from The Ohio State.