UPDATE 9/9/14:Students, staff, and faculty filled the auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center today to welcome Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones, chancellor-elect at Elizabeth City State University.
Today's public address was her first at the university following a September 4 approval by the UNC Board of Governors to become the university's new chancellor.
She is the first female and the 11th chief executive officer to serve in that capacity.
ELIZABETH CITY, NC -- A new chancellor for Elizabeth City State University is expected to be named Thursday.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will meet at 11 a.m. and should vote near the end of the meeting, officials said.
The Board will choose from three candidates selected during a six-month searchby a committee of the ECSU Board of Trustees.
The new chancellor, if selected Thursday, would take office on January 1, 2015.
The person will replace interim Chancellor Charles Becton, who has served at ECSU since July 1, 2013. Becton replaced Willie Gilchrist, who retired June 30, 2013. He announced his resignation during a state investigation into allegations that the school didn't report numerous campus crime incidents.
On the ECSU Facebook page, Chancellor Becton's message to students posted Wednesday night touted new campus safety efforts initiated during the 2013-2014 school year, including creating a campus safety Webpage, updating the Campus Police webpage; placing Daily Crime and Fire Log on the Campus webpage and creating or updating four policies related to campus safety -- Emergency Response and Evacuation Notification Policy, Timely Warning Policy, Missing Student Policy, and Sexual Assault Policy.
Becton said the Southern Association of Colleges and School invited ECSU to present its work as a 'case study' on how to make campus safety improvements at its annual conference in December 2014.