Bennett College president, Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, is commencement speaker
Kesha Williams May 06, 2014
Elizabeth City State University welcomes Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, the 17th president
of Bennett College, as speaker for the university's 158th commencement, May 10.
Fuse-Hall is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
She was a frequent visitor on the campus of Fayetteville State University, where her
father was on the faculty. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in administration
of criminal justice in 1980 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 1983, she earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey.
Fuse-Hall also studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Institute of
Although she began her career in law, Fuse-Hall soon gravitated to higher education.
She comes from a family of educators. Her mother and five aunts were teachers. She
is married to Dr. Jarvis Hall, a political science professor at North Carolina Central
University, and her daughter, Ifetoya Hall, who is a 2013 graduate of the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a teacher with Teach for America in Texas.
Fuse-Hall began her legal career as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable William
H. Walls, Essex County Superior Court in Newark. Next, she served as a staff attorney
in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New
Her first position in higher education was at St. Lawrence University, where she was
assistant director for minority affairs. Most recently, she served as chief of staff
to the president at Florida A&M University and interim executive director of Title
III Programs. She has served as executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina
Central University and corporate secretary to the Board of Governors of the University
of North Carolina system, comprising 17 campuses.
While at Florida A&M University, Dr. Fuse-Hall managed $10 million dollars in special
programs to enhance institutional strengths and student outcomes. She is especially
proud of a grant that she drafted with several colleagues that was funded for an additional
$10 million over five years. At North Carolina Central University, she worked on two
special initiatives that brought nearly $44 million to the University. One was the
Biomanufacuturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise or "BRITE" Center for
Excellence. This was a research institute that brought together the biotech industry,
governmental officials, community colleges and a major research university to secure
$19.1 million in capital funds to build the institute and an additional $7 million
in annual operating funds from the state legislature.
The second project resulted from a public-private partnership that built a 408-bed
residence hall on the newly created West Campus of the University. Dr. Fuse-Hall also
has worked as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill.
In 2004, Dr. Fuse-Hall traveled to Southeast Asia on an Eisenhower Fellowship. She
was in the charter class of BRIDGES, a UNC Academic Leadership Program, and was a
participant in Leadership America, a national leadership development program, both
in 1993. She serves on numerous boards and advisory panels, and her professional affiliations
include the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. Fuse-Hall is a member
of the Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation with a membership
of 12,000 professional women of color devoted to voluntary public service. She is
a frequent presenter and public speaker.