Meet Our New President, Dr. Nicole Pride

Dr. Nicole Pride

Dr. Nicole Pride serves as the 12th president of West Virginia State University (WVSU), beginning her tenure on Sept. 1, 2020.  Prior to coming to WVSU, she began her career in the corporate and non-profit sectors and left the industry to begin her service in higher education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At North Carolina A&T, she served as principal liaison and senior adviser to the chancellor, a member of the chancellor’s executive cabinet, and provided strategic and operational support for internal and external constituencies.

Pride also served as North Carolina A&T’s chief of staff and chief communications officer, responsible for communications, marketing, branding, media and public relations, and crisis communications. Her work defined the university’s brand in the state, nation, and global marketplace, and her successes track with the institution’s arrival as the largest historically black university in the nation.

Prior to joining North Carolina A&T, Pride served as vice president for development and communications for Child Care Services Association in Chapel Hill, N.C. She also served in numerous capacities at IBM including marketing program manager, corporate learning division and manager of corporate community relations and public affairs for nearly a decade. In addition to her professional appointments, Pride has served on numerous boards and committees, and her research interests are in the areas of board governance and leadership.

Her awards and honors include the Triad Business Journal’s 2018 Outstanding Women in Business award and the PR News’ 2017 cohort of Top Women in Public Relations in the nation — the prestigious award that recognizes women at the forefront of public relations who have made bold advances in developing brand messages and protecting and building brand reputations among other things.

An Orange, New Jersey native, Pride earned bachelor’s degrees in business management and economics from North Carolina State University, a master’s in corporate and public communications from Seton Hall University, and a doctorate in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University. She is mother to grown sons, Turner Jr. and Todd, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.



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Bye bye, Dr. Pride.

Looks like you're gonna get ousted. Job...not well done.

Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:31:00 PM


Dr. Pride,

Welcome to West Virginia State University!  It was exciting to hear your vision for our Beloved WVSU!  As a Retired Assistant Registrar with over 42 years of service to "State" and President of the Kanawha Valley Alumni Association, I greet you with dedication and a humble attitude to assist you in reaching the success you envision!

Blessings for the journey we are on together,

Nellie E. Walker '56


Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:24:00 AM

Welcome Madam President

Sister President,

As am Alumnae of WVSC, I could not be more proud to have you as our first female President.  Please know that if I can ever assist you in any way, I stand ready to support.  Welcome to the Yellow Jacket Nation!  You have our full support!


Roslyn Clark Artis - Class of 1991

President of Benedict College

Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:06:00 PM

Welcome to the WVSU family!

Dr. Pride, 

On behalf of the National Alumni Association's Southern Region, its Chapter Presidents and Alumni members, we extend our congratulations and a heartfelt     welcome to the WVSU Family.  We look forward to meeting you and extending a little southern hospitality.  In the meantime, be the light that helps others see.  WVSU is counting on you and you can count on the Southern Region!


YLonne Polley-Fullen Swails

Southern Region Director

Class of 1972

Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:57:00 AM

Welcome Dr. Nicole Pride and also to congratulate you as the FIRST Female President at West Virginia State University, praise God! "There is a place we love so dear..." Al Williams, Class of '68

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:28:00 PM

Congratulations Madame President !

On behalf of the Chapters and Alumni in the Eastern Region we welcome you to the WVSU Family.  Everett L Person Eastern Regional Director

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:12:00 PM


    Welcome pretty lady. I'm sure you will benefit WVSU bringing progress.

    Congratulations and Good Luck.



      Jim Peeler

      Class of "62"

      Kappa Alpha Psi

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:13:00 PM


Being the first, means a lot to a lot of people. I want to Congratulate you on being the First, Female President that WVSU has ever had. I was born and raised in this community (Dunbar/Institute area), and I can truly say about time. I believe that women are natural nurturers and fixers. I believe that you will fit in with our close-knit community, and I wish you the best of luck.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:38:00 AM

Welcome Dr. Pride

“As you take the helm of West Virginia State University keep these words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” I look forward to learning from you, working with you as well as partnering with you to enrich higher education at West Virginia State University..

Reverend Dr. Joseph Jenkins, Jr. Class of 1973

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:21:00 AM

Welcome Dr. Pride

Welcome to State! Excited about the "State of our future" Love it! #Blackgirlsrock #AKAsLead #GoState

Monday, September 21, 2020 10:55:00 PM

Welcome to WVSU!

Welcome, Dr. Pride! We are so excited to have you lead our University!

Friday, September 4, 2020 1:06:00 PM

Welcome, Dr. Pride

Welcome to West Virginia State University, Dr. Pride! We are looking forward to leadership!

Friday, September 4, 2020 1:05:00 PM