Dr. Pam Jackson

Dr. Pam Jackson has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Fayetteville State University. Jackson, who has been serving in an interim capacity, was selected for the post after a nationwide search, according to Chancellor James Anderson.

“I could not be more pleased to welcome Dr. Pam Jackson as a permanent member of my senior administrative team,” he said. “We had several highly qualified candidates apply for the position and after extensive interviews with the faculty, staff and students, it was clear to the selection committee that the most qualified candidate was Dr. Jackson.”

Jackson will be responsible for the overall effective operation of the Division of Academic Affairs and will provide intellectual leadership for academic programs and student learning, for research and scholarship, and for university outreach. She also will manage the university’s four academic colleges – College of Arts and Sciences, Broadwell College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, and the University College.

A part of the FSU family for nearly 13 years, Jackson began her career in 2006 as assistant dean for assessment and retention in the Broadwell College of Business and Economics. From 2007 to 2015, she served as associate and assistant dean and pre-business director of the College of Business and Economics. She was dean of the College for two years before becoming interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Before joining FSU, she was chair of the Department of Banking and Finance at Fayetteville Technical Community College for five years.

A native of Detroit, Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Albion College in Albion, Mich. She also holds Master of Public Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Troy State University and FSU, respectively. She earned her doctorate in information technology/information systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Fsu Names new Vice Chancellor

for Institutional Advancement

Lorna M. Ricotta

Lorna M. Ricotta has been named vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Fayetteville State University following a nationwide search, according to Chancellor James Anderson.

Ricotta, a native of Robeson County who resides in Fayetteville, has nearly 18 years of experience in institutional advancement. Prior to her new role at FSU, Ricotta was executive director of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation, a position she had held since 2014. At FTCC, she oversaw the foundation’s $4.3 million assets and $290,000 operating budget. During her time at FTCC, she coordinated fundraising initiatives relative to annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, community management of donors, and fundraising campaigns.

Before that, she was director of corporate and foundation relations at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke from 2002 to 2007. At UNCP, she secured the largest corporate gift at that time in the amount of $500,000. She also is a former director of alumni relations at UNCP.

At FSU, Ricotta will lead a staff that includes expanding the endowment, all fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications, special events, and advancement services. She will collaborate closely with members of the chancellor’s cabinet, the FSU Board of Trustees and the board of directors of the FSU Foundation.

“I could not be more pleased that Mrs. Ricotta will be joining the Fayetteville State University family,” Anderson said. “She has a wealth of experience in all aspects of institutional advancement and she is established in the Fayetteville area. This will be crucial for us as we seek to raise funds for the university’s endowment. I look forward to having her as a part of my administrative team.”

Ricotta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a Master of Business Administration, both from UNC Pembroke. She currently serves as a trustee for the North Carolina Humanities Council, on the board of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, and the American Council on Education Women’s Network. She served eight years on the board of trustees at UNC Pembroke.