Dr. Jon Young
Dr. Pamela Jackson
Dr. J. Lee Brown
Fayetteville State University Chancellor James Anderson has announced the following administrative appointments: Dr. Jon Young, currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, has been appointed as the vice chancellor and chief of staff; Dr. Pamela Jackson, currently the dean of the College of Business and Economics, has been named interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; Dr. J. Lee Brown, currently the associate dean of the College of Business and Economics, has been named interim dean.
A national search will be conducted to fill the provost’s position. All appointments are effective on Jan. 1.
An FSU faculty member since 1981, Young is a professor of humanities and was a department chair and dean prior to being named provost in 2008. Under his leadership, degrees awarded increased to 1,187 from 947 despite six consecutive years of state budget reductions; academic programs in business, education, nursing, social work, criminal justice, psychology, fire and emergency services, birth through kindergarten, and theater all earned national rankings. Young helped FSU establish a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that yielded $1.2 million in grant funding, and the assessment tool he developed, the Continuous Improvement Report, received an award for innovation from the American Council of Education. As chief of staff, Young will support the chancellor and his cabinet in achieving the university’s strategic priorities.
Since joining the FSU faculty in 1999, Jackson has served in various administrative roles, including as dean of Business and Economics since 2015. She guided the college in earning reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Colleges and Schools of Business, the most prestigious accrediting bodies of business schools. Under her leadership, the College of Business has earned national rankings from U.S. News and World Reports, the Princeton Review, the Social Science Research Network, and others. She has earned nearly $5 million in grant funding, increased philanthropic support for the college, and implemented community outreach programs such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and Youth Entrepreneurship Day. She is a member of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber Board of Directors, City of Fayetteville Audit Committee, Cumberland County School’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, and Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s Find-A-Friend Advisory Board. As interim provost, she will have primary responsibility for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of degree programs, instruction, and academic support.
Brown joined the FSU faculty in 2011 and has served in several administrative roles, including associate dean since 2015. He has played a pivotal role in accreditation, assessment, and community outreach initiatives. He completed a Transitioning Soldiers Workforce Analysis for the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation and published a study on the needs of Cumberland County senior citizens that was commissioned by the Cumberland Community Foundation. Brown is currently leading a project, in collaboration with the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, to open a Construction Resource Office that is intended to increase the participation rates of underrepresented businesses in local and regional construction projects. As interim dean, Brown will be responsible for guiding continuous improvement of academic programs, research, service, and student support in the College of Business and Economics.