Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Reaves' Biography

Chancellor Donald ReavesDonald Julian Reaves was elected Chancellor at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), in February 2007, by the Board of Governors of the 16-campus University of North Carolina System, and assumed his duties as Chancellor on August 16, 2007.

Prior to his election as Chancellor at WSSU, he had served as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Chicago and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Brown University.

In his role as vice president and CFO, Dr. Reaves had primary oversight of the University of Chicago's fiscal and administrative operations. Key areas of responsibility included budgeting, human resources, capital planning and facilities services, construction, risk management, and fiscal and strategic planning. Dr. Reaves also supported five committees of the university's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Reaves' 14-year tenure at Brown University in Providence, RI, included leadership positions as Assistant Vice President and University Budget Director, Vice President for Finance, and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. He served in the latter position for nine years prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2002.

A native of Cleveland, OH, Dr. Reaves graduated from Cleveland State University in 1976 with a degree in political science. After completing his master's degree (1978) and a doctoral degree (1981), both in political science and public administration at Kent State University, he accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Soon thereafter Dr. Reaves joined the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare (1984-88), rising to Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Budget and Cost Control. Dr. Reaves continued to teach as an adjunct professor in Northeastern's Graduate School of Arts and Science until 1993.

Active in professional and higher-education organizations, Dr. Reaves is a former chair of the Roxbury (Boston, MA) Community College Board of Trustees and a former vice chair of the Tougaloo (MS) College Board of Trustees. He has previously served as a director of the Eastern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (ECUBO), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Dr. Reaves currently serves on the boards of the American Student Assistance Corp., the William Blair Mutual Funds, and the Amica Mutual Insurance Company.

Dr. Reaves is actively engaged in a number of civic activities. His civic activities in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community include serving on the following boards and committees: Novant Health Triad Region Board of Trustees; Big Ideas Group; Forsyth Futures (Board of Directors); Millennium Fund Oversight Executive Committee (Member); United Way of Forsyth County (Board of Directors); Old Salem Museums and Gardens (Board of Trustees); Piedmont Triad Leadership Council; Piedmont Triad Research Park (Board of Directors); Winston-Salem Alliance (Board); Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors); the Josh and Marie Reynolds Hospital Guest House Board of Advocates and the Advisory Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Dr. Reaves and Dr. Deborah Ross Reaves, a clinical psychologist, have two adult children: Marc, a graduate of Cleveland State University; and Katherine (Katie), a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.

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