Dr. Gerald McCants
Tenure: July-December 1995
A native of Detroit, Michigan, McCants obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from Central Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in administration and higher education from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the staff of UNC General Administration, he held teaching and administrative posts at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Morgan State University in Maryland, and Virginia State College. McCants joined the UNC General Administration in 1987 as Director of Special Programs. In that capacity, he held long-term assignments on several UNC system campuses, including Winston-Salem State University and Fayetteville State University. McCants served as a consultant to the chancellors by providing administrative support and oversight as well as initial staff support for the Principal Fellows Commission, a program created by the N.C. General Assembly to oversee scholarships and loans for prospective school administrators.
McCants was sent to WSSU by UNC President C.D. Spangler to serve as a special assistant to Chancelor Cleon F. Thompson. Following Thompson's departure in June 1995, McCants was appointed acting chancellor of WSSU. He served in this capacity through December 1995, when Alvin Schexnider was selected to replace Thompson. McCants went on to serve as director of special programs and interim associate vice-president of the Student Services Division of the 16-school University of North Carolina system. McCants is currently serving as an assistant to the chancellor at Elizabeth City State University.