Office of the Chancellor

Each constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System is headed by a chancellor who is the chief executive officer for their institution. The chancellor is responsible for carrying out the policies of the UNC System’s Board of Governors and the Fayetteville State University Board of Trustees. The chancellor has wide discretion related to decision-making on administrative, personnel, academic, and budget matters. The Office of the Chancellor provides administrative, organizational, strategic, and compliance services to advance the university’s strategic priorities.

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The Chancellor's Cabinet

Samantha McKenzie Holmes

Samantha McKenzie Holmes
Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

With 30 years’ combined experience in higher education within the University of North Carolina System and in the communications industry, Samantha McKenzie Holmes serves as vice chancellor and chief of staff for Fayetteville State University. In her role, she works closely with the Chancellor and the cabinet members to manage the overall operations of FSU, while also providing oversight for the Office of Strategic Communication and the Department of Human Resources. Holmes is responsible for facilitating the advancement of university’s key initiatives and improving administrative functions. She also serves as the University’s crisis communications spokesperson.

Prior to FSU, she served as the Director of Marketing Communications for the UNC System and on the Board of Governors Historically Minority-serving Institutions committee and the Racial Equity Task Force as the communications lead. While at the UNC System, she managed a $1M NC Promise marketing campaign and served on the crisis planning team for HBCUs during the Covid-19 outbreak. Holmes previously worked at North Carolina Central University (2015-17) and North Carolina A&T State University (2005-2014).

She is a member of the NC ACE Women’s Network and the HBCU Outreach Advisory Committee for the NC Department of Transportation. Holmes earned a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Norfolk State University.

Dr. Monica Terrell Leach

Dr. Monica Terrell Leach
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Prior to joining FSU, Dr. Leach served as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She was responsible or leading numerous enrollment management departments. She oversaw a divisional budget of over $144 million which included administering scholarships and student aid.

Leach served at North Carolina State University (NC State) for nearly 18 years in many capacities, holding the positions of Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Diversity Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management; and Interim Department Chair in the Department of Social Work.

Dr. Leach has also participated in a myriad of administrative professional development programs throughout her career, including serving as a fellow for the AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute, 2019-20 and in the Harvard University Women in Leadership Initiative, 2016. Leach received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She earned her Master of Education in Adult and Community College Education, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from NC State.
Academic Affairs

Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett
Director of Athletics

Mr. Bennett has 15 years of managerial experience as an athletics administrator at the collegiate level. Prior to his appointment at FSU, he served as Associate Athletic Director at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). At WSSU, Mr. Bennett provided oversight of 12 athletic programs, five support programs, and a $4 million athletic budget. Bennett is no stranger to FSU athletics. For five years, he served as Assistant Director for Operations and Athletic Compliance. His duties included oversight of the day-to-day operations of the FSU Athletic Department, coordinating logistics for 10 athletic and special events sponsored by the FSU Athletics Department, and supervision of the sports information staff, athletic trainers, and student academic support staff. He also served as the liaison for FSU and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regarding compliance issues, eligibility, and certification concerns. Mr. Bennett is currently responsible for 12 varsity sports programs and more than 20 coaches and assistants. Other duties will include oversight of the department's fiscal resources, insuring compliance with all relevant institutional, CIAA, UNC system and NCAA rules and regulations; and developing, implementing, and continuously updating the Strategic Plan for the department.

Lillian Wanjagi, Ed.D

Dr. Lillian Wanjagi
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Lillian Wanjagi, Ed.D comes to FSU with extensive experience in leadership, strategic planning, budgeting and organizational development. She served as CFO and vice president of administration and finance at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she planned, directed and led the institution’s financial and administrative operations. Before that, Wanjagi was the executive director of facilities administration at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where she oversaw administrative services - space management for 20 million sq ft, facilities technology, performance improvement. Dr. Wanjagi earned a bachelor of science in business administration in accounting from Wingate University, an MBA in international business from Gardner-Webb University and a doctor of education in higher education administration–leadership from the University of Houston.

Division of Business and Finance

Wesley Fountain

Wesley Fountain
Vice Chancellor for External Affairs and Military Relations

Mr. Fountain has served at FSU since 2010 in a variety of capacities from government relations assistant to director of constituent relations to his current role as AVC for Community Relations and Economic Partnerships. At every level, Mr. Fountain has excelled, whether at the community level, state government affairs and when forming and leveraging economic partnerships around development. Through his expertise and diligence, Wesley has been a tremendous asset in supporting the university’s priorities in every way,” says Chancellor Darrell T. Allison. “In light of recent and historic fortunes for this university, this new division’s responsibilities have grown exponentially and has caused me to refocus and provide the necessary resources needed to invest in additional personnel toward FSU’s overall expansion.

External Affairs And Military Relations

Dr. Hector M. Molina

Dr. Hector M. Molina
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer

Dr. Molina is responsible for overseeing the Information Technology Division well as the entire technology portfolio. Dr. Molina provides strategic vision and leadership to FSU to advance the teaching, research, and service missions through the utilization of data and information technology. Prior to his arrival to FSU, Dr. Molina served at East Carolina University for seven years as the Deputy Chief Information Officer. Throughout Dr. Molina’s career, he has gained the respect of his peers as a highly esteemed senior administrator with stellar communication skills, cross-functional teaming capabilities, and building client relationships systems. In addition to this vast knowledge, he has utilized his expertise toward overseeing the technology procurement processes, compliance, data security, physical security, as well as standards and practices areas. As a US Marine Corps veteran, Dr. Molina served as ITTS/Telecommunications supervisor. He has served as an adjunct professor at institutions such as Sanford-Brown College and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has also authored articles on IT governance and other topics within higher education.

Division of Information Technology Services

Wanda Jenkins

Wanda L. Jenkins
Vice Chancellor for Legal, Audit, Risk, and Compliance

Ms. Jenkins currently leads the Division of Legal, Audit, Risk and Compliance where she is responsible for managing the legal, safety, ethical and compliance needs of FSU. Ms. Jenkins has over 30 years of experience as a university attorney. She began her service with FSU as the University Legal Counsel and previously served as the Associate University Counsel at North Carolina State University. Ms. Jenkins also served as a Financial Analyst at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and as a Business Officer at North Carolina State University.
Division of Legal, Audit, Risk and Compliance

Juanette Council

Dr. Juanette Council
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dr. Council has risen through the ranks at Fayetteville State University and has over 30 years of progressively increasing experience in supervision of student affairs departments; development of co-curricular programs and budget management. While at FSU, she has served as the Drug Education and Prevention Coordinator, Director of Student Activities & Student Center, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs since 2003. As Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs she has served as a key member of the Student Affairs senior leadership team, provided strategic management and coordination of services, programming and procedures directly impacting the student experience. A student advocate, Dr. Council was selected as FSU Employee of the Year in 2018 for her dedicated service to the university.
Division of Student Affairs

Omar Bell

Omar Bell
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

A seasoned advancement professional, Bell comes to FSU with a wealth of experience in education as well as institutional fundraising. Bell will provide a concrete vision to develop and accomplish the short- and long-term goals of the Division of University Advancement; provide leadership in areas such as soliciting principal and major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, alumni relations, gift processing and acknowledgements, and prospect research; lead the efforts in a campaign to increase the university’s endowment; and serve as the Executive Director of the University Foundation.

Division of University Advancement

Office of the Chancellor Staff

Samantha McKenzie Holmes, Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff
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Dr. Karen Bussey, Deputy Chief of Staff and Secretary to the University
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Gregory McElveen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
(910) 672-1994

Monika Morris, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
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Bethany Mathis, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff
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