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Shaw University Names Dr. Gaddis Faulcon Acting President

Dr. Gaddis FaulconJanuary 2, 2014 - Shaw University’s Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Joseph N. Bell announced today the appointment of Dr. Gaddis Faulcon as Acting President of Shaw University. The appointment was made during a meeting of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee on December 30, 2013. Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, who previously served as Shaw’s president, retired on December 31st. Dr. Faulcon’s appointment began January 1, 2014 and will continue until the national search for a permanent president is completed. The Acting President is not eligible to apply for the permanent presidency. 

"Dr. Faulcon has a proven record of excellence in higher education and has been committed to our students, faculty and staff for more than 15 years," said Dr. Bell. "We are confident that the University will continue to flourish and advance under his leadership."

Prior to Dr. Faulcon accepting the appointment of Acting President, he served as Dean of Shaw’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies and as an Associate Professor of Public Administration. His career in academia spans more than 25 years with both teaching and administrative positions, including serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Saint Augustine’s College and as the Acting Executive Director for Northeastern North Carolina Tomorrow, Inc. at Elizabeth City State University. In 1998, Dr. Faulcon joined the faculty at Shaw as an assistant professor in the Department of Allied Health Professions. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Augustine’s College and two degrees from North Carolina State University: a Master of Recreation Resources and Public Administration and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Public Administration.

"I am deeply committed to the mission and well-being of Shaw University, said Faulcon and I am dedicated to moving it forward during this period of transition."