FSU Leadership

FSU's leadership team is dedicated to fulfilling the University’s educational mission and research efforts. Our goal is to advance a vision for the University’s future, and sustain its tradition of academic excellence.


Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a public comprehensive regional university that promotes the educational, social, cultural, and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The primary mission of FSU is to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences that will produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of the State. Awarding degrees at the baccalaureate and master's levels, and the doctorate in educational leadership, FSU offers programs in teacher education, the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics, and unique and emerging fields. FSU is an institution of opportunity and diversity. Committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service, the university extends its services and programs to the community, including the military, and other educational institutions throughout North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

Fayetteville State University Board of Trustees, 2020-2021

Stuart Augustine

Trustee Stuart Augustine - Chairman

Board of Governors appointee through 2021

Committees: Ex-Officio on Academic Affairs, Audit, Business & Finance, University Advancement, and Student Affairs Committees

Occupation: Vice President Investments/Stifel Financial Corp.

Education: Tulane University/Wake Forest University

Chairman Augustine has served as the Vice President for Investments at Stifel Financial Corp. since 2009.

Valencia Applewhite

Trustee Val Applewhite - Vice Chairman

Board of Governors appointee through 2023

Committees: Academic Affairs, Business and Finance

Occupation: Real Estate

Education: Strayer University

Trustee Val Applewhite is an Air Force veteran. She is a former 3-term Fayetteville City Councilwoman.

John McFadyen

Trustee John McFadyen - Secretary

Board of Governors appointee through 2023

Committees: Business and Finance

Occupation: Banking

Education: Elon College

Trustee McFadyen has worked in the Banking field since 1986. He’s served on several boards to include Sandhills Red Cross, March of Dimes, and Methodist University Board of Visitors.

Glenn Adams

Trustee Glenn Adams

Board of Governors appointee through 2023

Committees: Academic Affairs, Business and Finance

Occupation: Attorney/Cumberland County Commissioner

Education: NC State University, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Trustee Adams is a senior partner with Adams, Burge and Boughman, P.L.L.C. He has served as the Director of Recruitment and Placements at the North Carolina Central School of Law and Clerk for the Honorable Clifton Johnson, N.C. Court of Appeals. He also serves as Cumberland County Commissioner in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Dr. Richard Adams

Trustee Richard Adams

Board of Governors appointee through 2021

Committees: Audit, University Advancement

Occupation: Dentist/Lt. Colonel (Retired)

Education: Ohio State College of Dentistry/U.S. Military Academy, West Point

Trustee Adams served as a dental officer in the U.S. Army from 1974 – 2002, serving at military bases in the Continental United States and abroad. He has his own dental practice in Fayetteville, NC.

Jonathan Charleston

Trustee Jonathan Charleston

Board of Governors appointee through 2023

Committees: Business and Finance, University Advancement

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Howard University, University of North Carolina School of Law

Trustee Charleston is the Managing Principal of The Charleston Group, one of the largest minority-owned law firms in the Carolinas.

John Douglas English

Trustee John Douglas English

President pro tempore of the NC Senate appointee through 2023

Committees: Academic Affairs, Business and Finance

Occupation: Commercial Account Executive/VP McGriff Ins.

Education: East Carolina University

Trustee English is a Commercial Account Executive and Vice President for a large bank-owned insurance operation. He spent 11 years as a minority owner and officer of a family-owned independent insurance agency.

Sydney Harris

Trustee Sydney Harris

SGA President (Ex-Officio 2020-2021)

Committees: Student Affairs

Occupation: Student

Education: Undergrad Fayetteville State University

Trustee Harris is a rising Junior at Fayetteville State University. She is a Communications major with a minor in Africana Studies. She is a Global Scholar and is in the Honors Program.

Dr. Warren McDonald

Trustee Warren G. McDonald, PhD.

Board of Governors appointee through 2023

Committees: Audit, University Advancement

Occupation: Professor, Consultant

Education: Eckerd College, Vermont College of Norwich University, East Carolina University, Touro University

Trustee McDonald is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Care Administration at Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. He is also Chief Executive Officer of McDonald and Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm dedicated to improving individual and organizational performance across a number of industries, with a specific focus in health care and higher education.

Sherida McMullan

Trustee Sherida McMullan

President pro tempore of the NC Senate appointee through 2021

Committees: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs

Occupation: Tech Inclusion and Diversity Leader

Education: Howard University

Trustee McMullan has served on several boards including the Chandler Cultural Foundation, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Research Triangle High School. She serves as the Community Service Chair and has served as the Executive Board, Parliamentarian for the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She has been a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Women Engineers and the recipient of the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.

Dr. Brandon Phillips

Trustee Brandon Phillips

Board of Governors appointee through 2021

Committees: Audit, Business and Finance

Occupation: Ophthalmologist

Education: Fayetteville State University (Valedictorian); Medical College of Wisconsin; Walter Reed National Military Med Ctr.

Trustee Phillips specializes in retina care and comprehensive ophthalmology. He completed both his internship and residency at Walter Reed Medical Facility. He maintains membership with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Brenda Timberlake

Trustee Brenda Timberlake

Board of Governors appointee through 2021

Committees: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs

Occupation: Minister

Education: Fayetteville State University

Trustee Brenda Timberlake is the Senior Pastor of Christian Faith Center of Creedmoor, Inc. in Creedmoor, NC. She is a celebrated author, teacher and mentor to thousands.

William Warner

Trustee William Warner

Speaker of the House appointee through 2021

Committees: Academic Affairs, Business and Finance

Occupation: Vice President, State Employees Credit Union

Education: University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Trustee Warner serves as the Vice President and City Officer at the Fayetteville-Ramsey Street branch of the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union. He manages a staff of 13 employees and is responsible for the delivery of all financial services to the membership in his branch office.


Peggy Valentine

Dr. Peggy Valentine, Interim Chancellor

Prior to serving as Interim Chancellor, Dr. Valentine served as Dean of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University for 13 years. In that role, she was responsible for oversight of seven academic allied health departments and the Division of Nursing. Dr. Valentine has over 25 years of higher education experience, having served as Associate Dean and Department Chair at Howard University. She is the immediate past President of the Winston Salem Rotary, President of the Consortium of International Management Policy and Development and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity. Dr. Valentine is listed in Who's Who of American Women and was honored as Educator of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, and the Howard University Faculty Senate honored her for "Outstanding Contributions to the African Diaspora."
Office of the Chancellor

Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips, Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Prior to joining FSU, Mr. Phillips served as Chief of Staff at North Carolina Central University where he provided direction for Title III programming designed to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of the university, and provided direction for government-related policies and community issues that support university goals. He has also served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Director of Government and Community Relations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Prior to that he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and served on the House Ways and Means Committee and various other task forces from 1999-2003. Mr. Phillips was named a 2001-2002 Flemming Fellow as well as a 2001 Toll Fellow for embodying one of forty individuals designated as an up and coming young leader of tomorrow recognized for his outstanding achievement and service to state government.
Office of the Chancellor

Lee Brown

Dr. Lee Brown, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. Brown joined the FSU faculty in 2011 and has served in several administrative roles. In 2015, he was appointed Associate Dean of the Broadwell College of Business and Economics. In December 2017, he was named Interim Dean of the College. He was named Dean in August 2019. Brown has played a pivotal role in accreditation, assessment, and community outreach initiatives. In these roles, he has developed creative ways to support the business community, such as the establishment of the Construction Resource Office in conjunction with the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub with support from the Golden LEAF Foundation, and the Veteran Entrepreneur Partnership in collaboration with the Brian Hamilton Foundation. He has led several community service and outreach efforts, such as the Transitioning Soldiers Workforce Analysis for the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation and published a study on the needs of Cumberland County senior citizens that was commissioned by the Cumberland Community Foundation. He currently serves on the executive boards for several organizations, such as the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation Board, the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and the Career and Technical Education Advisory Board for Cumberland County Schools. Brown earned his Doctorate in Strategic Management and International Business at the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University. He also received an MBA from Strayer University and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Academic Affairs

Carlton Spellman

Carlton Spellman, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Prior to serving as Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Mr. Spellman served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he was responsible for the oversight of administrative services, purchasing, and business services. In addition to serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration at UNC Pembroke, he also served as interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. Mr. Spellman brings over 28 years of experience in government and higher education administration. A veteran of the United States Marines Corps, Spellman is no stranger to Fayetteville State University. He previously served the university from July 2007 to February 2014 in a variety of leadership roles including, interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance. As well as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Financial Planning.
Division of Business and Finance

Juanette Council

Dr. Juanette Council, Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Dr. Council has risen through the ranks at Fayetteville State University and hasover 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. Councilwas selected as FSU Employee of the Year in 2018 for her dedicated service to the university.
Division of Student Affairs

Harriett Davis

Dr. Harriet F. Davis, Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Executive Director of the FSU Foundation Board

Dr. Davis is an experienced higher education administrator and fundraising professional with more than 30 years of experience. Before returning to Fayetteville State University, she served as Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at North Carolina Central University. She transformed the University Advancement from an office to a division that increased private support from its alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. Under her leadership, she increased the university’s donor support by 50%, acquired record levels of giving from millennials and students, established corporate partnerships, internships with several organizations, including PNC, HomefreeUSA and Blue Cross Blue Shield NC. She cultivated a culture of philanthropy on campus, met or exceeded annual giving goals and launched an annual report that pays tribute to donors and alumni who established endowments.
Division of University Advancement

Jeff Womble

Jeffery Womble, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications

Mr. Jeffery Womble began his duties at Fayetteville State University in August 2004. Prior to FSU, he was a reporter and editor at The Fayetteville Observer for nearly 22 years. At FSU, he has served as Director of Public Relations, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Communications, and Interim Director of Institutional Advancement. In his current role, he is responsible for public relations, marketing and strategic communications, events management, publications, and social media.
Communications and Events

Wanda Jenkins

Wanda Jenkins, General Counsel

Ms. Wanda L. Jenkins began her service with FSU’s Office of Legal Affairs in 1994 as the University Legal Counsel. She previously served as the Associate University Counsel at North Carolina State University. Ms. Jenkins also worked as a financial analyst at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and as a business officer at North Carolina State University. As General Counsel, Ms. Jenkins heads the Office of Legal Affairs in its efforts to limit FSU's legal exposure by minimizing legal risks and costs, reducing the need for litigation, and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws, as well as University of North Carolina and FSU policies and procedures.
Office of Legal 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.

Wesley Fountain

Wesley Fountain, Director of Constituent & Community Relations

Mr. Fountain is responsible for leading a wide range of inter-related activities of both short and long term duration involving local, state, and federal legislative relations. These responsibilities include developing, analyzing, implementing, monitoring, and reporting on legislative, budgetary, and program initiatives which affect the University’s mission, programs, and strategic initiatives. He represents the University before the legislature, education advocacy groups, and the general public. Mr. Fountain coordinates University initiatives with the Governor's Office, the University of North Carolina System Office, and other state agencies to ensure that the legislative agenda of the university is consistent with the overall policies of the administration. This role also requires him to collaborate with county, city, businesses, regional neighbors, and stakeholders to promote the university as a resource and economic engine in the southeastern region of North Carolina.
Constituent & Community Relations


Fayetteville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30022-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Fayetteville State University.  In addition, individual university colleges and degree programs have program-specific accreditation.


Program-Specific Accreditation

In addition to institutional accreditation, academic programs may be accredited through programmatic or "specialized" accrediting agencies.  The following table lists programs at Fayetteville State University with specialized accreditations.

Program-Specific Accreditation
AACSB Accreditation-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Broadwell College of Business and Economics
FEPAC Accreditation- Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission Forensic Science Program
National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency Accreditation GEOINT Certificate Program
ACJS Accreditation-Academic of Criminal Justice Sciences Criminal Justice BS Program
ABET Accreditation-Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Computer Science Programs
NASM Accreditation-National Association of Schools of Music Music Program
NCSBN Accreditation-National Council of State Boards of Nursing Nursing Program
CCNE Accreditation-Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing Program
CSWE Accreditation-Council of Social Work Education Social Work Program
Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule






All Committees will meet in the morning and Full Board Meetings will convene at 1:00 p.m. in the Rudolph Jones Student Center, Multi-Purpose Room 242.