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Winston-Salem State University names Bonita J. Brown as 14th chancellor

Brown is the first permanent female chancellor in the university’s history.

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Brown was all smiles as she discussed her new role.

Screenshot via Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is celebrating a new chapter. Bonita J. Brown will begin her tenure as the HBCU’s 14th chancellor on Monday, July 1. She succeeds Interim Chancellor Anthony Graham and will be the school’s first permanent female chancellor.

Brown is no stranger to the Twin City — her parents met on the campus of WSSU. She holds a bachelor’s and a law degree from Wake Forest University. She was an assistant attorney at WSSU from 2004 to 2006 and also worked as general counsel for UNC School of the Arts. Most recently, she served as Interim President at Northern Kentucky University.

Brown outlined her priorities during the announcement yesterday. She said she is focused on the university’s fiscal well-being, enrollment, academics that prepare students for the future, morale and campus culture, building community partnerships, and supporting athletics.

“To the students, faculty, and staff, please know that I will be here with you and I’m looking forward to the bright future ahead. It’s time for the work to begin,” Brown said.