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, 2019-2020

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.

Dr. Richard Adams

Trustee Richard Adams – Vice Chairman

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.

Brenda Timberlake

Trustee Brenda Timberlake - Secretary

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.

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.

Valencia Applewhite

Trustee Val Applewhite

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.

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.

John McFadyen

Trustee John McFadyen

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.

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.

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.


Dr. Peggy Valentine, Interim Chancellor
Office of the Chancellor

Mr. Wendell Phillips, Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff
Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Pam Jackson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs

Mr. Carlton Spellman, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance
Division of Business and Finance

Dr. Janice Haynie, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Division of Student Affairs

Mr. Arasu "Nick" Ganesean, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Telecommunication Services
Division of Information Technology and Telecommunication Services

Dr. Harriet F. Davis, Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Division of University Advancement

Ms. Wanda Jenkins, General Counsel
Office of Legal Affairs

Mr. Jeffery Womble, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications
Communications and Events

Mr. Anthony Bennett, Director of Athletics

Mr. Wesley Fountain, Director
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.