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July 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hackley to Serve as Interim Chancellor of Fayetteville State University
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Lloyd V. “Vic” Hackley, who last month completed a year-long assignment as interim chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, has been named chancellor on an interim basis of Fayetteville State University. The appointment, effective July 23, was announced today by UNC President Erskine B. Bowles. Hackley, FSU’s chancellor from 1988 to 1994 and a former president of the North Carolina Community College System, succeeds Chancellor T.J. Bryan, who earlier this week announced that she was stepping down after four years in the post. Hackley will serve as interim chancellor until a permanent campus leader is elected by the UNC Board of Governors.
In announcing Hackley’s appointment, President Bowles said: “As chancellor emeritus of FSU, Vic Hackley has a deep understanding of that campus, the larger Fayetteville community, and the needs of the surrounding region. As he proved time and time again during his recent tenure as chancellor on an interim basis at North Carolina A&T, Vic tackles every challenge handed to him with full commitment, great passion, and absolute integrity. I can think of no one who is better qualified to lead FSU during this time of transition, and I am grateful that Vic has accepted this new assignment.”
A native of Roanoke, Va., Hackley holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Michigan State University (1965) and a doctorate in international relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1976). A retired U.S. Air Force officer, he has earned numerous military decorations, including the Bronze Star for Valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Vietnam Cross for Gallantry. He also served as a faculty member and track coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1978, Hackley joined the UNC General Administration as an assistant vice president and later associate vice president for academic affairs. In 1981, he left the state to serve as a tenured professor and chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In 1985, he was recruited back to UNC General Administration to become Vice President for Student Services and Special Programs. Three years later, the UNC Board of Governors tapped Hackly to serve as chancellor of Fayetteville State University. During his seven-year tenure at FSU, dramatic improvements were realized in enrollment, retention, student preparation, and fund-raising. Hackley stepped down as chancellor in 1995 to serve as president of the North Carolina Community College System, and during his tenure the system increased its partnerships with business and industry and began developing solutions to deal with high school dropouts who transfer to community colleges. He later founded Hackley & Associatesof North Carolina, which focuses on ethics, leadership, community, and character development.
In May 2006—with NC A&T Chancellor Jim Renick departing for a senior leadership position with the American Council on Education—Bowles tapped Hackley to serve as interim chancellor of the Greensboro campus. Prior to the July 1, 2007, arrival of Chancellor Stanley Battle, Hackley identified and aggressively dealt with a number of serious financial, personnel, and internal control issues brought to light during an internal audit.
Chairman emeritus of the national CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and a member of the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, Hackley has conducted or participated in thousands of workshops, seminars, and lectures throughout America related to ethics and character development. He now serves on the boards of the FSU Character Development Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the NC Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (member emeritus). Previously, he has chaired the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the NC Child Advocacy Institute, the NC Methodist Home for Children, and the Arkansas Civil Rights Commission. He has also served as a faculty member of the Government Executive Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and as a member of the Duke University Advisory Board and the NC State Bar Council.
Hackley has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates, public service awards, and other recognitions for his contributions to education and service to children. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor, by NC Governors Jim Martin and Jim Hunt. At FSU, the Academic Honors Dormitory, a distinguished faculty chair, and an academic scholarship program have been named in his honor. He has twice been presented with the North Carolina Parent-Teacher Association’s (PTA) highest award for service to children. In 2002, he received the NC Methodist Home for Children’s Guardian Angel Award. The following year, the NC Association of Family and Children Services named him the 2003 Trustee of the Year for his work with the Methodist Home for Children.