Norfolk State U Leader Takes Long Strides In Short Time

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It happened to Gary McCollum a few weeks ago, just as it has to other Norfolk State University board members. Someone stopped McCollum, the rector of the Board of Visitors, to say: “Wow, your new president at Norfolk State is everywhere.”

That kind of feedback about Tony Atwater, who’s been on the job for six months, is welcome news for McCollum and many in the Spartan community. The board had been criticized last year for its closed, monthslong presidential search, but McCollum said Atwater is the strong leader it worked hard to find.

Although faculty members want more attention to their concerns, “He clearly has hit the ground running,” McCollum said.

Atwater has worked to forge better ties between the school and the community and to make himself accessible to students on campus.

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