Elizabeth City State University, not too long ago, was fighting for its very survival. Literally.
A proposal floated in the NC legislature in the spring of 2014 that may have allowed the UNC Board of Governors to close down any establishment with a 20 p.c enrollment decline. And ECSU match that invoice. It was finally taken out, however the faculty, positioned in rural northeast North Carolina, struggled to show the tide for a lot of the final decade.
Things are trying a lot brighter than that now on the banks of the Albemarle Sound. Enrollment is at its highest total in nearly a decade and Dr. Karrie G. Dixon is a giant a part of the rationale why.
After beginning her profession in tv and media, she taught a school course on public talking. She says she fell in love with the classroom ambiance and started to transition to schooling. From there she went into administration, finally spending a decade on the UNC System on the behest of Erskine Bowls and Dr. Harold L. Martin, present chancellor at North Carolina A&T.
“A lot of them are seeing the advantages of that. I talked to students who came from as far as California or Alaska on our football team. And I asked them how did you hear about ECSU and why did you choose ECSU? And both of them on different occasions said “we saw how much it cost and we wanted to play ball.”
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Dr. Dixon took over as Elizabeth City State’s chancellor on an interim foundation in 2018 earlier than being employed completely.
Along with the intense enterprise of re-routing the Vikings’ enrollment ship, she additionally understands the significance of athletics to the college’s total progress.
Dr. Dixon took the day trip to speak with HBCU Gameday concerning the position that athletics is enjoying in growing her college from a brand consciousness and enrollment perspective. To that finish, ECSU will tip off the 2021 basketball season by taking over her alma mater — North Carolina State University. A week later, it will make the trip to Chapel Hill to take on the University of North Carolina.
“This is something I’ve been working on since I started here at ECSU,” Dr. Dixon stated. “Playing some of the big teams in our UNC System. We’re all sister institutions. It just made sense for some of the larger institutions to play us. Of course, we’re the smallest — let’s put some completion out there.”
Of course, ECSU will probably be an enormous underdog in each video games. That’s simply the truth when the smallest faculty within the 16-member UNC System performs two of the most important. For Elizabeth City State and its student-athletes, it’s about letting folks know who they’re and that they’re nonetheless right here.
“It gives my student-athletes an opportunity to play in an arena — two different places — that they never played before. To have visibility, have people see and watch their talents,” Dr. Dixon stated. “Whether not we win or lose the game, it doesn’t matter — they have that platform now. People see their talents. They get to be out there and play these guys who are DI, ACC teams, and really put their talents out there as part of their competition.”
Dr. Dixon talked about these video games in addition to the enterprise of retaining the CIAA thriving and way more within the interview.