Dr. H. Douglas Covington
Douglas Covington is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He graduated cum laude from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and from Ohio State University, where he received the Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees. Covington was serving as vice president for development affairs at Tuskegee Institute when he was selected as Winston-Salem State University's next chancellor in 1977.
Under Covington's leadership, the nursing program was strengthened considerably, the Center for Graduate Studies was established, the R.J. Reynolds Center and several other buildings were constructed, and fundraising efforts were significantly increased.
During his tenure at WSSU, Covington also held leadership roles on governing boards of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, the North Carolina Board of Theater Arts, and the North Carolina Art Museum. Douglas Covington resigned in 1984 to accept the presidency of Alabama A&M University . He later served as president of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, the nation's first historically black college or university, and in 1995, assumed the presidency of Radford University, becoming the first African-American to head a predominantly white university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.