Fayetteville State University Welcomes Our 12th Chancellor

Darrell Allison, a longtime education advocate and champion of North Carolina’s historically minority-serving institutions, was named the 12th chancellor of Fayetteville State University on today.

He was elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, following his nomination by University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans.

Allison will assume his role on March 15. He will succeed Interim Chancellor Peggy Valentine, who was appointed in July 2019 and previously served as dean of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University.

“We are thrilled and excited to welcome Mr. Allison to FSU,” said Stuart Augustine, chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees. “We are anticipating great things for our university and Bronco community based on everything we know about Mr. Allison and the tools and resources he brings with him.”

A former member of the Board of Governors and former trustee at North Carolina Central University, Allison’s career and public service have been focused on education.

Chancellor Elect Darrell Allison
Chancellor-Elect Darrell Allison

He is currently vice president of governmental affairs and state teams at the American Federation for Children. In this capacity, he has developed successful partnerships, led advocacy programs and generated philanthropic support for the organization.

“Darrell Allison is a creative leader who understands the value of Fayetteville State University to the community, the region, and the state,” Hans said.

“Darrell’s expansive career in education and service to the UNC System has been important to this state, and especially our HBCUs,” Hans added. “He brings with him a proven track record for student advocacy and a reputation for fostering partnerships that can further this university’s strategic goals. Through his leadership of the Racial Equity Task Force, he was a powerful voice in advancing critical issues of equity, and I know he will help us continue to push forward on this priority.”

Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey shared his enthusiasm for Allison’s new role.

“I have worked alongside Darrell for many years now and he is not only a person of great ability but one of true character,” Ramsey said. “He is deeply committed to higher education and to the citizens of North Carolina. He brings to this position a broad understanding of Fayetteville State University’s strategic role and impact in the region.”

Allison’s career in education spans decades of service advocating on behalf of students and expanding educational opportunities for underserved families in North Carolina and across the nation.

Serving on the Board of Governors from 2017 to late 2020, he was a vocal supporter of the system’s historically minority-serving institutions. As the inaugural chair of the Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSI) Committee, Allison helped lead efforts resulting in all 17 campuses gaining at least $2 million for repairs and renovations – an investment that especially supported the system’s smaller universities. Allison advocated for a multi-million dollar upgrade for fundraising software and data management for the universities, which ushered in cost savings and strengthened fundraising programs.

FSU’s Monument to Leadership, The Transformative Vision
FSU’s Monument to Leadership, The Transformative Vision, by Vandorn Hinnant

Allison also initiated and finalized a partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill’s NC Policy Collaboratory, which awarded $6 million for COVID-19 programming and research at historically minority-serving institutions.

While on the UNC Board of Governors, Allison served on several committees, including: Budget and Finance; Historically Minority-Serving Institutions (chair); UNC System Racial Equity Task Force (chair); Educational Planning, Policies and Programs (secretary); Strategic Initiatives Committee; and UNC K-12 Laboratory Schools.

Prior to that, Allison served on the NCCU Board of Trustees, where he played a key role on the Advancement, Athletics and External Affairs, Academic and Student Affairs committees, and as a member of the NCCU Chancellor Search Committee. In 2017, Allison endowed a scholarship fund at NCCU, his alma mater, in memory of his father, Thomas Allison.

Allison holds a Juris Doctor degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from NCCU. He and his wife La Nica are the proud parents of two daughters.


“Chancellor-Elect Darrell T. Allison serves as a pioneering North Carolina Central University graduate who paves the way for aspiring scholars. On behalf of NCCU’s Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff and alumni, I offer congratulations to our esteemed alumnus and former member of our Board of Trustees. The Eagle community is excited about this milestone achievement for Chancellor-Elect Allison, who is also a generous supporter of our institution. I know that he believes in the transformative power of higher education and continuously demonstrates his commitment and passion as an advocate for those seeking higher education.”
- Chancellor Johnson Akinleye, North Carolina Central University

“I have known Darrell Allison for many years. He is a strong, collaborative leader. I truly believe that he will make an excellent leader for FSU.”
- North Carolina Senator Dan Blue, 14th District

“This will be an extraordinary opportunity for Fayetteville and our region. I’m confident that with Chancellor Allison at the helm, FSU is on the threshold of major growth and advancement.”
- North Carolina Senator Ben Clark, 21st District

“My dream is that your greatest achievement at Fayetteville State University will be preparing the next generation of phenomenal leaders who will make our world a better place for all persons. It is my hope that you will succeed in providing stellar leadership as the 12th Chancellor of this remarkable institution. As you succeed in your new role, Fayetteville State University will reap the benefits. Fayetteville State University’s future rests on your remarkable and dedicated leadership. GO BRONCOS!”
- Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman, FSU ’70, former president of Wilberforce University, Livingston College, and Martin University

“Darrell Allison has a long a history of dedication to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As a graduate of a HBCU, he knows that a quality education can transform a student’s life and will impact not only the student, but the student’s family and community. Fayetteville State University will have a new leader in Allison who will bring innovation and resources to a great university and make it greater.”
- David Green, former UNC System Faculty Assembly Chair, NCCU School of Law

“I am excited to see Darrell Allison take the helm at Fayetteville State University. During his time as chair of the HMSI committee and the Racial Equity Task Force, I saw him navigate through tough issues with a spirit of partnership. He will be a great advocate for students at FSU and I look forward to seeing what’s to come.”
- Isaiah Green, ASG President and BOG Member, UNC Asheville

“Congratulations FSU and Chancellor Darrell Allison! I believe this is a positive step in the right direction for the university and Cumberland County. Bronco Pride!”
- North Carolina Representative Marvin Lucas, 42nd District, FSU ’64

“I am excited about the future of Fayetteville State University and look forward to working with Chancellor Darrell Allison. I am confident that he will be a great asset to our institution.”
- North Carolina Representative Garland Pierce, 48th District, FSU ’77

“I look forward to working with Darrell Allison and this great institution in the days ahead.”
- North Carolina Representative Robert Rieves, 54th District

“It was through Darrell Allison’s vision and leadership that the Collaboratory was able to commit $6 million to our HMSI campuses for COVID-19 research. I look forward to working with Chancellor-elect Allison in his new role for the next big research partnership between the Collaboratory and FSU that I’m sure is right around the corner.”
- Dr. Jeff Warren, Executive Director, North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, UNC-Chapel Hill

Chancellor-Elect Darrell Allison