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Fayetteville State University has new interim chancellor

Dr. Peggy Valentine will be the new interim chancellor of Fayetteville State University.

Dr. Peggy Valentine will serve as the interim chancellor at Fayetteville State University.

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper announced the appointment, effective, August 7, in a prepared statement Friday.

“I am proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Valentine, someone in whom I am confident in and who has demonstrated great leadership capabilities during her tenure as a dean at Winston-Salem State,” Roper said in the prepared statement.

“While at WSSU, she has transformed the School of Health Sciences into a widely-respected and popular program, leading its continued growth and success,” Roper said. “I know she will bring her remarkable attributes and skills to this new interim role at Fayetteville State. I wish to thank her for agreeing to take on this new challenge.”

Valentine currently serves as dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University, where she oversees programs in clinical laboratory science, exercise physiology, health care management, nursing, rehabilitation counseling and physical and occupational therapy. She has a doctorate in education from Virginia Tech University and a master of arts and a bachelor of science degrees from Howard University.

Valentine’s area of research specialization is homeless and minority health issues. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity.

Her interest in increasing diversity in the health professions has led to her overseeing the development of early assurance agreements that guarantee admission into high-demand graduate programs for WSSU undergraduates who meet certain requirements. The school expanded its work toward eliminating health disparities among the residents of Winston-Salem under her leadership.

“I am honored to be asked to serve in this role at Fayetteville State University,” Dr. Valentine said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty to move FSU forward during this time of transition. FSU has a proud tradition of excellence and is one of the most diverse universities in the country. With nationally-ranked academic programs, growing research capacity, and strong military partnerships, FSU is a major economic engine for the entire Fayetteville and Cumberland County region.”

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