ECSU celebrates Founders Day March 9 - 10

ECSU celebrates Founders Day March 9 - 10

Kesha Williams
March 05, 2012


Elizabeth City State University will hold a series of events this year in celebration of the annual Founders Day. That series begins at 10 a.m.  on March 9, with the annual assembly held in the Floyd L Robinson Auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center featuring James E. Cofield, Jr., as the speaker. Cofield is the grandson of John Henry Bias, the university's second president. His mother, the late Elizabeth Bias Cofield, was one of seven children born to John Henry Bias and Frances Lane Bias.

Cofield is the president and chief executive officer of Cofield Properties, Inc., a real estate development firm that develops residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties and provides project management services related to real estate development and construction supervision.  Cofield is a Massachusetts Certified Owner's Project Manager and an adjunct professor at Roxbury Community College in Roxbury Crossing, Mass.

Cofield received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He attended the School of Law, Howard University, for one year, where he was distinguished as a Law Journal Invitee, and he received his MBA degree from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he was distinguished as a Benkendorf Fellow and concentrated in finance and economics.

Other events held in conjunction with Founders Day include the opening of the university's second Legacy Room, a naming dedication of the School of Education and Psychology in honor of Dr. Helen Marshall Caldwell, a former professor in the Department of Language, Literature and Communication, a former vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and a professor emeriti. The last event in the series is the fifth Founders Day Scholarship Gala, the university's premiere fundraiser. While tickets are being sold for the event, donors may contribute the amount of their choice whether or not they attend the gala. For more information on the donations, contact the ECSU Division of Institutional Advancement, 252-335-3225. See the list below for details on Founders Day events:

"Legacy of Leadership Room" Grand Opening
Friday, March 9, 2012
K.E. White Graduate Center, Room 125

The Legacy Room will remain open on Friday for public view.

Dedication Ceremony
Dr. Helen Marshall Caldwell School of Education and Psychology
11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012
Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Psychology and Education Complex
Please RSVP 335-3229 by March 6, 2012

Founders Day Scholarship Gala V
7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012 |
K.E. White Graduate Center
Master of Ceremony: Michael "Mike-Mike" Lindsay
Ticket $100 per person, a Black Tie Affair
Featuring Entertainment by : Blaq Ink
Dinner - Dancing