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Cleon F. Thompson Center

Cleon F. Thompson Center

Cleon F. Thompson Center

Construction Date: 1996

Named For: Cleon Franklin Thompson, Jr.

Dedicated in 1996, the Thompson Center houses the post office, bookstore, Financial Aid Department, Registrars Office, Office of Admissions, Division of Student Affairs, and Kennedy Dining Hall. The building is named for former WSSU chancellor Cleon F. Thompson, Jr.

Thompson attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree and the Masters of Science degree in biology. In 1977, he completed a Ph.D. in educational administration from Duke University, with minor degrees in political science, economics, and educational law. Thompson's career included service as a senior research assistant at the UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School, an assistant professor of biology at North Carolina A&T State University, and an assistant professor and acting chairman of the Biology Department at Tuskegee University. Thompson then held a number of positions at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., including professor of biology, chairman of the Division of Natural Science, vice-president for Academic Affairs, provost, and acting president. In 1985, Thompson became chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. After a decade of service, Thompson left the university in 1995 to continue work within the University of North Carolina system.

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