The University Record, March 29, 1999

Renick headed for NC A&T State

By Jane R. Elgass

Renick (center, facing camera) with U-M-Dearborn students.
James C. Renick, chancellor of U-M-Dearborn since 1993, has been named chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a historically Black institution. His appointment to the post, announced March 19, is effective July 15. The school is part of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system.

Under Renick's leadership, Dearborn's enrollment has reached historic levels, new degree programs have been introduced, major building projects have been completed and the campus has concluded a $25 million capital campaign.

"I am very proud of the accomplishments we have made in the area of new programs, new construction and expanded service to the region of southeastern Michigan," Renick said in a letter to members of the U-M-Dearborn community. "We have truly transformed this wonderful campus. We have a record of activity with our community that very few colleges and universities can equal."

Commenting on Renick's leadership of the 8,300-student campus, President Lee C. Bollinger said, "Working closely with faculty and business and community leaders, he has strengthened U-M-Dearborn's relationship with communities in southeastern Michigan, and curricular offerings have been enhanced with the addition of several new master's degree programs in computer technology and education.

"I join with Jim's many friends at the University of Michigan in congratulating him on this new opportunity," Bollinger added, "and wish him the best at North Carolina."

Renick was nominated to the post by UNC President Molly Corbett Broad, who said, "Jim Renick brings to North Carolina A&T State University a passionate commitment to sustaining the special mission of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU). He is the proud product of an HBCU, and his only child is now enrolled at that same institution. Jim also brings to A&T great energy, enthusiasm and solid, successive administrative experience accumulated in a variety of academic settings. I firmly believe that he is the right individual to lead A&T into the next century."

Renick succeeds Edward B. Fort, who has held the chancellor post for 18 years.