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Chancellors For A Day


Yasmine Aljuwan

December 4, 2008

A junior majoring in Elementary Education

Aspiration – Elementary school Principal

“Chancellor Anderson showed me he was concerned with my main priority of getting an education. I wish the program was titled Chancellor for a Week because I would have been thrilled to work with the Chancellor and his staff for more than a day.”


Matthew Wynne

February 4, 2009

A Senior majoring in Social Sciences Education

Aspiration – Ph. D. in History

“As we travelled to meetings off campus, I had no idea of the impact and the influence of the Chancellor, not only within our university, but through the community of Fayetteville. It truly takes a courageous, focused, and strong individual to serve as Chancellor.”


Yikang Bai

April 15, 2009

A Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Asst.

Aspiration – Teacher in China

“Chancellor for a Day enriched me personally and professionally, and also made me realize that the sound operation and management of a university requires the positive attitude and hard work of every faculty and staff. It was the highlight of my life on campus.”


Courtney Slaughter

September 23, 2009

A Junior majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English and a minor in Public Administration

Aspiration – Middle or High School Principal

“The most exciting part of my day was being able to address the Chancellor‘s List scholars at the Award Ceremony. I discussed leadership which equals character and strategy and encouraged them to believe that they can do anything they put their minds to.”


Kristy Mitchell

November 18, 2009

A Junior majoring in Mathematics

Aspiration – Mathematics Teacher

“I wanted to know the true reason why classes cannot just be cancelled at the Chancellor’s snap of a finger. Dr. Anderson explained to me that even as Chancellor he is accountable to others to assure a quality education for students. As a result of being Chancellor for the Day, I am inspired not to quit, even when times get hard I know that if I continue in the right direction I can become a very successful person, just as our Chancellor, Dr. James Anderson.”


Stephen Pennink

February 10, 2010

A Senior majoring in Finance

Aspiration – Entrepreneur and Business Executive

“The Chancellor, the faculty, and staff have motivated me to believe in myself, and I know that with hard work and faith, I can be a success. I am not afraid to take on challenges.”


Elijah Davis

April 7, 2010

A Junior majoring in Criminal Justice

Aspiration – Attorney and Professor in family and juvenile law

“The number one thing that amazed me about Chancellor Anderson is that he takes time to talk with the students and see how they are doing as well as listen to complaints they may have about how the University is operating.”


L’Asia Brown

October 6, 2010

A Senior majoring in Communications with a minor in Journalism

Aspiration – Author, Publisher and Professor

“The meetings, events, tasks, and general demands of the Chancellor are constant and sometimes overlapping. It takes a great deal of energy, organization, intellectual diversity, motivation, and desire to move forward, to handle the pressures and obstacles that arise.”


Dominiqua Fritts

November 10, 2010

A Junior majoring in Criminal Justice

Aspiration – FBI CSI agent

“From the GEAR-UP conference meeting, I learned that there are so many people in Cumberland County that really have a passion and dedicate so much time into helping youth succeed in life and in getting the best education possible.”


Jasmine Henry

February 2, 2011

A Senior majoring in Business Administration

Aspiration – CEO of her own company

“Being Chancellor for a Day was more than just a day of shadowing the Chancellor and his duties, this was a day that I learned the daily operations of the university as well as what it takes to be a great leader and CEO, which I hope to become one day.”


Charles J. Williams

April 20, 2011

A Graduate student in the MBA program

Aspiration – Civil Engineer for US Army Corp

“I have no doubt that April 20, 2011 will be a day that I will never forget! What I will cherish the most are the side conversations filled with lessons learned/mentoring that I got from Chancellor Anderson as we were walking to our next meeting.”


Brytne Boccaccio

November 9, 2011

A Senior majoring in Criminal Justice

Aspiration – Leadership role in Criminal Justice

“I met so many wonderful people like the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Mayor Chavonne, Distinguished Speaker Dr. Sharon Raynor and others who have made a lasting impression on me, and I thank them for making my experience all the better.”


Christopher F. Darden

February 8, 2012

A Senior majoring in Business Administration

Aspiration – Obtain a Master’s degree and operate his own business

“A great day can change a person’s life and bring joy that is everlasting. Being the ‘Chancellor for a Day’ provided such a change.”


Harmin Herrera

April 11, 2012

A Senior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biology

Aspiration – Ph. D. in Biomedical Science

“What does it take to change an institution from teaching institution to a research institution?” is my question. I would like to share a few ideas with Chancellor Anderson for the benefit of our school. I found that a new Science and Technology Building and greater funding for research are underway.”


Nuchelle Atkinson

October 24, 2012

Completing a Master’s degree in Psychology

Aspiration – Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

“I really look forward to reading the Chancellor’s book on Transformative Leadership. I have gained so much knowledge just from one day with Dr. Anderson, the Cabinet, and from meeting with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of FSU.”


Caroline Sumpter

February 20, 2013

A Senior majoring in Political Science

Aspiration – Lawyer

“Being Chancellor for a Day gave me unique insight into the roles within higher education and solidified my desire to pursue higher education. My personal belief system is to pay it forward and give back, and to inspire others to do their best.”


Dara Colon

April 10, 2013

A Sophomore majoring in Psychology

Aspiration – Ph.D. in Psychology

“I learned about leadership as a professional for the years that await me in the future. I also learned a lot about our Chancellor Dr. James Anderson, his amazing administrative team, and how they all work diligently to ensure our university is striving to its fullest potential and beyond.”


Courtney Anderson

October 16, 2013

An Intelligence Studies major

Aspiration – Military career

“My favorite part of the day was the Chancellor’s Cabinet Meeting. I love how they worked together and respected what each other had to say. Everyone took criticism very well. I also liked the fact that they valued my opinion.”


Chiquanna Anderson

March 5, 2014

A Sophomore majoring in Psychology

Aspiration – Pediatric Neuropsychologist

“Becoming Chancellor for a Day was one of the greatest opportunities I could have ever experienced because it taught me how to become a leader, and was a great opportunity to learn more of the university’s daily duties.”


Calvin Columbus Craig IV

September 17, 2014

A Senior majoring in Business Administration

Aspiration – Employed in corporate America

“I have always had an admiration for Chancellor Anderson and all that he does for the university. Being able to see for myself the task he takes on as well as his efforts to improve the quality of Fayetteville State University was truly an eye opener.”


Danesha M. Brown

November 5, 2014

Majoring in Elementary Education

Aspiration – Teacher and Ph.D. in Education

“If I, as well as the other students here at FSU, knew more about the intricate decision making that takes place behind the scenes on a daily basis, I’m sure we would all be a great deal more appreciative of the many things done on our behalf during our brief stay here.”


Jared J. James

February 4, 2015

A Senior majoring in Business Administration

Aspiration – Chancellor of FSU

“Being Chancellor for a Day, is a part of my preparation for achieving my ultimate goal of becoming the Chancellor of Fayetteville State University. I learned a lot and I appreciate this opportunity for leadership.”


Cadet Kyndreshia Stroman

April 22, 2015

A Senior majoring in Mathematics w/a minor in Physics

Aspiration – US Air Force Scientist/Operation Analyst

“Failure isn’t an option was my high school motto and res non verba, deeds not words, is a motto that takes that to the next level. I have FSU to thank for that and would like for others that come behind me to continue the legacy that FSU has to offer.”


Emily Newton

October 7, 2015

Majoring in Psychology

Aspiration – Physician Assistant

“There’s a delicate balance of approachability, charisma, passion, and authority that a Chancellor must possess. Any organization- no matter how large or small- is reliant on its leader and their team. This experience truly established the validity of this assumption.”


Ashley Boyd

November 4, 2015

A Senior majoring in Business Administration

Aspiration – Production Analyst

“I thought that being a Chancellor required a 4 page resume and at least 3 degrees. But after standing side by side with Chancellor Anderson I truly think the biggest requirement is having heart and passion to not just work, but fight for the students you serve.”


Shivaliben Patel

February 3, 2016

A Senior majoring in Chemistry

Aspiration – Ph.D. in Clinical Research

“Overall I was amazed to see how many different roles you have to play being a Chancellor in a single day: the administrative processes and how issues are solved, maintaining a healthy balance when disputes needs to be taken care of, and how team work makes the University run smoothly to assure all needs are being considered.”

Chancellor for a Day - Teneshia Beatty

Teneshia Beatty

September 28, 2016

Majoring in Biology

Aspiration – Pediatric Physician's Assistant

"Through this experience I gained a hands on lesson of what it feels like to have to make major decisions on the spot and how to handle sudden situations like the 'Black Lives Matter' demonstration."

Whitney Griffin

Whitney Griffin

November 2, 2016

A Senior majoring in Forensic Science

Aspiration – Forensic DNA Analyst in a crime laboratory.

“As a Chancellor, you have to build a strong rapport with other cabinet members and employees that are entrusted to perform their job effectively. This is definitely a position that can’t be solely dependent upon one person to get the tasks complete.”

Chancellor for a Day - Adonia Williams

Adonia Williams

February 15, 2017

A Senior Majoring in Political Science /double minors in Criminal Justice and Chinese Language and Culture

Aspiration –  Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of the United States / Ambassador to the United Nations.

“Knowing that I attend a university where the administrators care not only about my education, but my development as a citizen, and furthermore as a human being was eye opening and heartwarming.”

Dominique Ashley and Chancellor Anderson

Dominique Ashley

November 8, 2017

A senior majoring in Political Science

Aspiration -
University Political Science Professor

"I had the chance to see Chancellor Anderson, the faculty and staff mingle and embrace the delegates from our partner institutions in China with Bronco Pride. Being around the true leadership of Chancellor Anderson and his cabinet, motivated me to work harder to reach my goals and showed me that I too can be successful."

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