Rector Chewning Provides
a Statement to Alumni and Friends
Dear Alumni and Friends:
As you may be aware, Norfolk State University has been facing several operational and academic challenges that must be quickly and proactively addressed. On August 23, 2013, the majority of the Board of Visitors determined a change in leadership was required to meet these challenges and, therefore, voted to end Dr. Tony Atwater’s tenure as president. Dr. Atwater will remain employed at Norfolk State as a tenured faculty member.
We also appointed Norfolk State’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sandra DeLoatch as acting president. Dr. DeLoatch is a Norfolk State administrator who has exceptionally served the University for 40 years. The Board of Visitors expects to announce that an interim president has been named within the next few weeks.
Please be assured that the Board of Visitors is committed to conducting an exhaustive and transparent presidential search process for the right person to advance the University in the region and in the nation. Norfolk State is your beloved alma mater, and we pledge to be good stewards of your trust and support.
Lastly, the University thanks Dr. Atwater for his numerous community endeavors and for working to raise the profile of Norfolk State University in Hampton Roads.
Mr. Thomas N. Chewning
Rector, Norfolk State University Board of Visitors