Dr. Edward McLean has been named the Athletics Director at Fayetteville State University,
Fayetteville, NC. He formerly served as Athletics Director at Elizabeth City State
University from 1993 to 2006. Both institutions are members of the Central Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference (CIAA) and the NCAA Division II.
On December 14, the Elizabeth City State Board of Trustees approved the appointment
of Mr. Thurlis J. Little as Interim Director of (ECSU) Athletics to become effective
immediately. Mr. Little has 32 years of experience at ECSU. In the past he served
as an assistant professor, football coach, NCAA Compliance Officer, Assistant Athletic
Director, Principal Director for NYSP (National Youth Sports Program) and Chair of
the Health and P E Department.
During Dr. McLean's tenure at ECSU, he strengthened the athletics program increasing
the varsity sports offered from 8 to 11. Several of the teams have earned championship
status, most recently being the football team that had its best year in 35 years.
The 2006 Vikings football team had a 9-3 overall record and earned the CIAA Eastern
Division Championship title. In recent years, the men's baseball team and women's
softball team have been conference champions as well. The basketball teams have been
successful as well. The women's basketball team played in the final game at the renowned
CIAA Tournament in 2005 and played in the semi-finals in 2006. The men's basketball
team also reached the semi-finals round at the 2006 CIAA Tournament.
Equally important, under Dr. McLean's leadership, is the recognition ECSU has received
for its student-athlete graduation rate. ECSU student-athletes have maintained a graduate
rate consistently in the top three in the UNC system and, in 2002 and 2003, ECSU was
ranked in the top 10 nationwide among NCAA Division II colleges and universities.
He has also been recognized for his leadership twice being honored as the CIAA Athletic
Director of the Year in 1997 and 2005.
Moving on to Fayetteville State University was a major decision for Dr. McLean and
one he views as a positive, growth opportunity at this stage of his career.
"I am excited about the opportunity to serve Fayetteville State University, an institution
that is in both the UNC system and the CIAA conference. All three of these organizations
have great reputations," said Dr. McLean. "I am familiar with how they operate and
know that I can bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to Fayetteville State,
leveraging their programs to higher heights."
"My 13 years at Elizabeth City State University have allowed me to build and develop
that athletics program and my expertise in leading it," Dr. McLean continued. "I will
be forever grateful for the opportunity to having served the ECSU Vikings and wish
them continued success."
Dr. McLean is a U.S. Army veteran. In addition, he is a two-time graduate of North
Carolina Central University where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in
Physical Education. He also attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where
he earned his doctorate and focused his studies on motor behavior and sports psychology.
Dr. McLean is married to Marsha Allen McLean and together they have three adult sons.