In July 2008 Dr. Thomas Conway joined the Fayetteville State University (FSU) community as Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff. In that capacity he is charged with ensuring that the vision of Chancellor James Anderson for FSU is effectively implemented. Coordination of the chancellor’s staff and with the other vice chancellors and their units is essential in this role.
Prior to his appointment at FSU Dr. Conway served as Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs at North Carolina State University. In that capacity he worked with faculty and university officials across colleges and departments to enhance the quality of academic experience for all the institution’s undergraduate students. His responsibilities included increasing the quality of academic advising afforded all students; the interpretation, review and revision of academic policy for the University; and, support for efforts by academic programs to develop balanced assessment-based environments for critical decision making. This includes decision making related to learning outcomes for the University’s general education requirements as well as the undergraduate academic program review process. In addition, Dr. Conway, a veteran administrator of student success programs, was charged with developing an institutional framework for NC State’s student success efforts.
In addition, during his 32 year tenure at NC State University Dr. Conway served in various capacities, which included, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Services (2002-2005); and, Associate Vice Provost for the Division of Undergraduate Affairs (1998-2002) as well as Director of NC State’s First Year College (1998-2000); Before assuming senior administrative responsibilities, Dr. Conway served NC State University in several capacities including counselor in the University Counseling Center, Trio Program Director, Director of the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes, and Director of Recruiting and Minority Services for the College of Engineering.
Dr. Conway has accumulated significant practical experience in facilitating access to a university education for persons from diverse cultural backgrounds. He has shared those experiences with groups that include academic professionals, human rights organizations, government agencies, and business leaders. He has developed and taught workshops for students and professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in the development of human capital. He earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Education and M.S. degree in Guidance and Counseling from North Carolina A & T State University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Conway’s wife of 29 years is the former Mychele Jenkins of Hollywood, Florida. They have two children Simon (Currently a teacher in Warren County, NC) and Zena (Currently an instructor at Winston Salem State University). He knows the challenges today’s students and their families face getting into and completing their college careers.