FSU Director Elected Chair of HBCU Community Development Action Coalition
Fayetteville State University (FSU) Director of Government and Community Affairs, Emily M. Dickens, has been elected chairperson of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition (HBCU CDAC).
HBCU CDAC is a national association that promotes, supports, and advocates for historically black colleges and minority serving institutions (MSIs), community development corporations (CDCs), and the community economic development industry whose work creates wealth, builds healthy and sustainable communities, and achieves lasting economic viability. HBCU CDAC fulfills its mission of service to its members working in dis-invested urban and rural communities through education, resource development, advocacy, networking, and training.
As the Director of Government and Community Relations at Fayetteville State University, Mrs. Dickens serves as the campus liaison with the community, local, state, and federal government. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Fayetteville State University Development Corporation.
Mrs. Dickens plans for the group to continue advocating for the return of the HUD/HBCU funding in FY 13 and the creation of partnerships that will promote economic development in neighborhoods surrounding HBCUs. Other officers elected are Vice Chair Larry Salley (Benedict College CDC), Treasurer Jeff Higgs (LeMoyne Owen College CDC), and Secretary Linda Tillmann (Langston University).
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
For more information about the HBCU CDAC visit www.hbcucoalition.org.