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VOLUME 29 NUMBER #
SEPTEMBER 28. 1974
Lyons Asks Community
To Help FSIJ Emerge
As Major University
Dr. Charles “A” Lyons, Jr., Chancellor of Fayetteville State
University, called together some fifty prominent and influential
citizens of Fayetteville recently in the campus Student Center for
the purpose of “planning the role of the University in the
Fayetteville community and southeastern North Carolina.”
Chancellor Lyons opened the conference by stating that the
primary purpose of the meeting was to share ideas about higher
education and its resources as it affects FSU.
“I envision that Fayetteville State University can be
developed into a regional university with undergraduate and
graduate level offerings. The two main ingredients necessary for
affecting change are planning and total community involvement”
Chancellor Lyons stated.
Dr. Barbara Zow, newly appointed Director of Institutional
Research at FSU, is directing the planning process for the in
FSU, 98-year-old institution, will celebrate its centennial year
in 1977 and Chancellor Lyons stated that “southeastern North
Carolina deserves a fairer share of the higher educational dollar
in North Carolina.”
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is
seeking to make the university system more responsive to
community and regional needs, and by calling in a widely
representative slice of the business, educational, military, and
civic leadership of the Fayetteville community into planning
sessions. Chancellor Lyons feels that FSU is moving in the
direction advocated by the Board of Governors.
In the first session held on the campus, many educators,
businessmen, and military officials pointed to a number of unmet
needs in higher education for southeastern North Carolina, in
such fields as business administration, nursing, and education.
OPENING CONVOCATION AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY-Chancellor Charles “A”
Lyons Jr. of FayettevUle State University (left) chats with students after delivering the 1OT4
Opening Convocation address at FSU recently. The FSU coeds are (L-R) Ophelia Blyther, “Miss
FSU 1974-75” Ellerbe; Maxine Jemigan, Winton; and Toni Levister, Henderson, North Carolina.
(FSU Photo by John B. Henderson)
In a follow-up session on the campus. Chancellor Lyons
asked the community leaders to give their ideas relating to the
immediate and future growth of FSU in the community and
southeastern North Carolina.
After hearing the various leaders make suggestions for FSU’s
expansion and growth. Chancellor Lyons asked the group of
approximately 50 businessmen, educators, and public officials to
consider themselves as a “Planning Task Force” and he would be
calling on the group to carry the message of an expanded role for
FSU to higher education decision-makers, to the surrounding
community, and to sources of financial support.
MARTIN COUNTY CITES CHANCELLOR
Dr. Charles “A” Lyons, Jr., Chancellor of Fayetteville State University, has been honored by
the Martin County, North Carolina Bicentennial Commission and will be featured in a special
A program will be held October 24 in honor of Chancellor Lyons.
A native of Martin County, Chancellor Lyons received his undergraduate training at Shaw
University and graduate training at Ohio State University.
He has a wide range of educational experiences which include teaching in public schools,
Raleigh, N.C., graduate school teaching assistant, Ohio State University; Associate Professor of
Chancellor Lyons has served as Dean of the College, Elizabeth City State University; North
Carolina Teachers Association-Executive Secretary; Director of Admissions, Howard University;
and Fayetteville State University, President and Chancellor of the University.
His honors and awards include Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta-National
Historical Honorary Society, North Carolina Teachers Association Plaque for “Excellence in
Educational Leadership” and featured as Outstanding Educator in publication by Ebony Magazine.
Dr. Lyons has professional affiliations with the American Political Science Association, National
Education Association, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and President of the
National Association for Equal Oppoi*tunity in Higher Education.
Active in civic affairs, Chancellor Lyons is a member of First Baptist Church (Fayetteville Area
Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee; Fayetteville Area Chamber of Commerce, Area
Development Committee; Board of Directors, The Heart Fund; the Fayetteville Business League;
Board of Directors, United National Bank, (Chairman of Personnel Committee(; Army Advisory
Committee; Civitan International; Kiwanis International-Honorary member; Board of Directors,
and North Carolina Business and Economic Development Cooperation.
Chancellor Lyons is married and the father of three children.
FSU BRONCO IS CORALLED- Lovely Fayetteville State
University coed Diane Neil, a native of Wilmington, N.C., is all set
for the last swim before fall arrives. The curvacious Diane is a
French major a«ftd honor student at FSU. A senior, she wants to
attend graduate school to further her studies in French. (FSU
Photo by John B. Henderson)
ON THE INSIDE
for the month
“PEOPLE CAN BE
DIVIDED INTO THREE
GROUPS: THOSE WHO
MAKE THINGS HAPPEN,
THOSE WHO WATCH
THINGS HAPPEN, AND
THOSE WHO WONDER