Leha Byrd 
ECSU Communications and Marketing        
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (March 12, 2024) – Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is among 25 other colleges given the 2024 distinction of being named one of the most promising places to work in collegiate student affairs by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.  

The criteria focused on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment. Examining issues like family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities, was also part of a web-based survey approach in naming universities. Other North Carolina institutions who made the list were Elon University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. 

All the colleges named will be featured in the March 14, 40th anniversary edition of the magazine, which bills itself as the nation’s only print and online daily newsmagazine dedicated exclusively to diversity issues in higher education.  

ECSU’s Division of Student Affairs includes the offices of the Dean of Students, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Accessibility Services, The Career Development Center, The Counseling Center, Housing, Residence Life and Transportation, Title IX, the departments of Military and Veterans Services, and Student Engagement, as well as Student Health and Wellness, and Campus Recreation and Wellness.

The division’s programming is designed to promote social mobility, career readiness, responsibility, integrity, and opportunities for leadership for all students, said Nichole Lewis, ECSU interim associate vice chancellor of Student, Alumni, and Constituent Engagement.    

“Our efforts with professional and student development were largely part of the process. We are intentional about making sure our employees have what they need to perform well within the university and for our students,” Lewis added. “Being among those institutions seen as a promising place to work is a salute to the work we do to that end.” 

 The university’s human resources office takes the lead on several events that incorporate the entire campus body.   

"We proudly celebrate our university's recognition as a premier workplace and see it as a testament to our culture of accountability, commitment, and excellence,” said Shamica Lane, ECSU’s assistant vice chancellor and chief human resources officer. “This award not only honors our dedicated staff within Student Affairs and University Advancement, but also underscores our unwavering dedication to providing an exceptional environment where employees thrive, and it contributes to the success of our students."  

An in-person event acknowledging all the colleges named is scheduled for March 19 in Chicago, Ill.  


About Elizabeth City State University 
Elizabeth City State University provides students with a high-quality, affordable education. A constituent member of the University of North Carolina System, ECSU develops courageous, resilient, and empowered leaders through excellent student-centered, experiential learning. ECSU offers baccalaureate, professional, and master’s degrees across a wide variety of disciplines. Come to Discover. Leave to Conquer. Visit