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Elizabeth City State University
Motto "To Live is to Learn"
Established 1891
Type Public, HBCU
Chancellor Willie J. Gilchrist
Undergraduates 3,025
Postgraduates 60
Location Elizabeth City, North Carolina,
United States
Campus 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Colors Royal Blue and White
Nickname Vikings
Website www.ecsu.edu
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Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a public, HBCU located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in the United States. ECSU enrolls nearly 2,500 students in 37 baccalaureate programs and three masters degree programs, a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, as well as a member-institution of the University of North Carolina system.



Elizabeth City State University was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1891 in response to a bill calling for the creation of a two-year Normal School for the "teaching and training [of] teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina." This was to provide training for more teachers of primary grades.

In 1937, the school made the transformation into a full four-year teachers college and was officially named Elizabeth City State Teachers College, while expanding its role to include the training of principals as well. In 1939, the college awarded its first Bachelor of Science degrees in its program of Elementary Education. Within the following twenty-five years, the college expanded its offerings to include a vocational-technical program and a total of thirteen academic majors.

In December 1961, the college gained membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1963 its name was changed to Elizabeth City State College. In 1969, its name was changed to Elizabeth City State University to reflect expansion and the addition of graduate programs. When the University of North Carolina System was formed in 1972, ECSU became one of the system's sixteen constituent universities and entered into its current phase of development and organization.


List of Chief Executive Officers

  • Peter Wedderick Moore, A.M., LL.D. (Principal, 1891-1928, President Emeritus, 1928-1934)
  • John Henry Bias, A.B., LL.D. (President, 1928-1939)
  • Harold Leonard Trigg, Ed.D. (President, 1939-1945)
  • Sidney David Williams, A.M., D.PED. (President, 1946-1958, President Emeritus, 1969-1974)
  • Walter Nathaniel Ridley, Ed.D. (President, 1958-1968, President Emeritus, 1988-1996)
  • Marion Dennis Thorpe, Ph.D. (President, 1968-1972, Chancellor, 1972-1983)
  • Jimmy Raymond Jenkins, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1983-1995, Chancellor Emeritus, 1995-)
  • Mickey Lynn Burnim, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1995-2006)
  • Willie J. Gilchrist, Ed.D. (Chancellor, 2006-)



ECSU's campus encompasses 200 acres (0.81 km2), mostly flanked by residential districts.

Student life

Students can choose to be involved in various on-campus organizations, including fraternities, sororities, campus radio and TV stations, and intramural sports. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ECSU's athletes compete in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Reggie Langhorne former NFL wide receiver
Larry Johnson, Sr. 1973 former NFL linebacker, current defensive line coach at Penn State University, and six-time Maryland high school "Coach of the Year
Jethro Pugh former NFL defensive tackle
Mike Gale former professional basketball player in both the ABA and the NBA [1]
Johnnie Walton former NFL quarterback. former quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Boston Breakers of the USFL.
Ronald M. Leigh, Sr. former NFL defensive end for the New England Patriots
Everett McIver former NFL offensive guard
Kenny Williams A former professional basketball player

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Elizabeth City [1] is a city in Pasquotank County in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, in the United States. It is located near the mouth of the Pasquotank River, and is the Gateway to the Outer Banks.

Founded as the town of Redding in 1793 on land acquired from Adam and Elizabeth Tooley. In 1794 the town was renamed Elizabeth, and in 1801 Elizabeth City. The name change has been variously attributed to honor either Queen Elizabeth I of England, who 200 years earlier spearheaded the colonization of the Carolina and Virginia coasts, or Elizabeth "Betsy" Tooley. Elizabeth City is in North Carolina's Inner Banks region, and is nicknamed the "Harbor of Hospitality®".

Get in

Elizabeth City is at the junction of NC-158 and NC-17; driving is the only realistic option for arriving there (aside from flying a small plane or navigating a boat up the river).

Directions: From I-64 (VA): take 17 South to Elizabeth City (25MI), exit 264 to Elizabeth City // From I-95 North: take 64 East (Rocky Mount) follow 64 East to Williamston take 17 North to exit 255 to Elizabeth City // I-95 South: take NC 158 East to 17 South, to Elizabeth City

Get around

Elizabeth City has three taxi companies, Winslow's, Moore's, and M&M. Public transit is also available. Call the Inter-County Public Transportation Authority (ICPTA) at 252-338-4480. $3 Same-day Roundtrip.

Bicycling is somewhat popular, but the narrow streets and lack of sidewalks in parts of town can make it unsafe. As Elizabeth city is located along the Intracoastal waterway, boaters often take advantage of free docking in the harbor located downtown.


There is something for everyone in Elizabeth City...today the city is a distinctive Main Street community with six historic districts, including the waterfront where the famous Moth Boat was created in 1929. The town boasts a state university—once home to Roots author Alex Haley—and two Colleges; the largest Coast Guard air base in the country; and a new Museum of the Albemarle. So come and stay a while at Elizabeth City—where there really is something for everyone—and discover the good life daily!


Experience a 1950's-style dinner theatre at the Carolina Grill and Theatre.

The City Wine Sellar hosts live music every Friday night.

The annual Potato Festival is held in May.

Summer Speed Boat Races and Moth Boat Regatta on the Pasquotank River.

Carriage rides through the city's historic district.

Step shows and concerts at Elizabeth City State University.

Live theatre performances at the College of the Albemarle, as well as Encore Theatre.

Football games at Northeastern High School and Pasquotank High School are a town-wide affair.


Produce and local crafts at the Waterfront Market held on Water Street. Saturdays from May to October.


Whether you're looking for fine dining or a fun feast, Elizabeth City's restaurants create the atmosphere for you. Take your meal in an old train station, cozy up to your table in a movie theater, hang with the locals in their meeting place, or grab a bite at a bar and restaurant with nightly entertainment.

Three Mexican restaurants are available. Mamasita's has the most authentic Mexican atmosphere; El Parian mixes the best cocktails, while at 3 Amigos service is fastest and most proficient in English.

Logan Raye's is a new addition to downtown, and features a Caribbean and Seafood menu. Quality Seafood Co. sells fresh fish and shellfish to customers directly, and serves the same in its restaurant area. Groupers is another popular restaurant downtown combining seafood and entertainment.

Has two Japanese restaurants; Toyama is a downtown storefront with amazingly authentic sushi and kitchen entrees. Drinks imported from Japan. Volcano is in the Southgate Mall.

Dragon Buffet is next to Volcano in the mall. Hong Kong Restaurant, owned and operated by the Wong family, has a wonderful buffet and friendly service. New Star is also family-owned and has generous portions of tasty food!

Cypress Creek Grill offers a classy atmosphere and delicious food. Owned and operated by Elizabeth City's own Bobby Plough. Located on Water St.

The City Wine Sellar offers deli sandwiches as well as bakery and spirits. The Sandwich Market, a shop run out of a renovated barn on Selden Street, also offers great sandwiches and wraps--careful though, they close early! Pineapple Cafe on Halstead Boulevard offers a wide variety of breakfast choices, as well as a lunch menu.

Montero's is a high-end restaurant run by Elizabeth City's Andy Montero. Lovely gourmet food! Classic southern atmosphere.

Tony's is the city's premiere Italian restaurant, serving delicious authentic food.

Van's and The Circle offer both Greek and Italian Cuisine. Van's Place II serves breakfast all day, as well as authentic Greek cuisine. The Vicky Villa also serves breakfast all day.

Buffets include Prime Sirloin and Golden Corral if that's your style.

Good chains include Applebee's, IHOP, and Ruby Tuesday's. Hogan's in the Holiday Inn is great if you're looking for a sports bar/pub.

All the usual fast food chains are available. Most are located on Ehringhaus Street.

Finally, if you're looking for something sweet, The Chocolate Shoppe on Water St. has an amazing selection of delectable desserts such as truffles, fudge, and chocolate-covered fruit. Many treats are handmade in-shop by proprietress Kathy Dowdy.

For a complete list of restaurants, contact the Elizabeth City Convention & Visitors Bureau at 252-335-5330.


Muddy Waters Coffee House on Main Street, locally known as Muddy's, offers the region's best espresso bar with all the trimmings. Barista's from Muddy's have placed in national competitions.

Coffee Break on Griffin Street has a great friendly atmosphere. River City Coffee House on Halstead Blvd. is the place to go if you're looking to unwind with a good book.

Level's is the town's favorite bar. Karaoke is a frequent (if somewhat painful) occurrence. "Level's Idol" singing competition is held each summer for six weeks.


Hotels & Motels:

  • Days Inn, 252-335-4316 • (FAX) 252-335-9476, [2].
  • Econo Lodge, 252-338-4124 • (FAX) 252-331-7267, [3].
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 252-333-1003 • (FAX) 252-333-1008, [4].
  • Hampton Inn, 252-333-1800 • (FAX) 252-333-1801, [5], [6].
  • Holiday Inn Express, 252-338-8900 • (FAX) 252-338-5120, [7].
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 252-331-7751, [8], [9].
  • Quality Inn, 252-338-3951 • (FAX) 252-338-6225, [10], [11].
  • Queen Elizabeth Motel, 252-338-3961.
  • Travelers Inn, 252-338-5451 • (FAX) 252-338-5451.
  • Whistling Pines Motel, 252-335-0817.

Inns and Bed & Breakfasts:

  • Culpepper Inn, 252-335-9235 • (FAX) 252-335-9235, [12], [13].
  • Elizabeth City Bed & Breakfast, 252-338-2177, [14], [15].
  • The Pond House Inn, 252-335-9834 • (FAX) 252-338-9934, [16], [17].

Get out

Norfolk, VA, about 45 minutes north of Elizabeth City, offers many malls and artistic centers such as concert venues and museums.

The Outer Banks, 45 minutes east, are home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Makes a great day trip.

See Historic Edenton, 45 minutes west. Beautiful southern architecture and atmosphere. Movies have been filmed there!

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