Elizabeth City, N.C. – In an impactful and heartfelt turn of events, Elizabeth City State University's (ECSU) monthly trustee board meeting moved a different direction as Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon presented her final Chancellor's Report.

"Thank you for waking up every day and loving this university as much as I do," said Dixon.

In an atmosphere of reflection, Dixon shared her report of items since the last board meeting, and failed not to express her appreciation to the board of trustees for their dedication.

"Trustees, you do this on a voluntary basis. I just want to thank you for taking the time out, because you all are busy people, prominent people in the community and your respective careers, and I thank you for your willingness to serve," said Dixon.

Dixon recounted the challenges and triumphs of her tenure, and the growth and achievements of ECSU under her leadership.

"When I started here, we owned two aircraft. We now own 13," Dixon said. "We have to keep going. We have to keep that investment at the top of the radar of our legislature because this program is an asset to North Carolina."

While the meeting focused primarily on administrative updates, strategic planning, and highlights from the happenings around campus, it quickly transformed into recognition and many thanks to the chancellor for her dedication, vision, and unwavering commitment to the university's mission of excellence.

"We have never received so much funding and partnering, and for this, we say thank you. You have represented us well," said Stephanie Johnson, chair of the board of trustees.

In her five-year strategic plan update, Dixon announced that ECSU was on track to complete 100% of the goals outlined. "To date, we've completed 81.93% of our goals, which is more than required for year four," said Dixon. These goals include key academic, operational, and fundraising goals.

As Dixon closed out her final report, she expressed her confidence in the future of ECSU and the continued success of its students, urging the community to continue the spirit of unity and progress that has defined her tenure. Dixon concluded her presentation, with a bouquet of flowers from the university in tow.

As the institution prepares for a new chapter under incoming leadership, June's board of trustees meeting items and presentations from the various committees indicate that ECSU's legacy of excellence will undoubtedly continue as a source of inspiration for all colleges and universities.