Revised: FSU Partners with Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Dr. Curtis Charles, center, and his colleagues in the Center for Defense and Homeland Security lead the way for FSU to become an Associate Member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities – a consortium of 102 selected Universities.

Elvin James
Center for Defense and Homeland Security
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: 910-672-2247


On March 15, 2012, Fayetteville State University’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security further built upon its mission to prepare the next generation national security workforce by leading the way for FSU to become a 2012 Associate Member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Award (ORAU), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 

From its102-member university consortium to ORAU’s strategic partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), ORAU brings together university faculty and students to collaborate on major scientific initiatives that help keep America on the leading edge of science and technology. In addition, ORAU can leverage the collective capabilities of this university consortium by partnering with other national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry to:

  • Strengthen America’s scientific research and education enterprise to enhance global competitiveness
  • Build public trust and confidence in the management of worker health and environmental clean-up initiatives
  • Enhance our nation’s preparedness to respond to emergencies related to terrorist incidents, natural disasters and health threats

As a result of this association, the FSU community now has access to the ORAU’s membership benefits which include the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Awards; HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Awards; the High Performance Computing; Nobel Laureate; Faculty Travel; and University Technology Testing with ORAU programs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our faculty and students,” said Dr. Curtis Charles, director of FSU’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security. “Our association with Oak Ridge will give FSU world-wide exposure and will put us in great company with some of the top research institutions in the country.”

Dr. Charles, along with several administrators, faculty, and staff has worked diligently in accomplishing such an achievement and the success of the Center for Defense and Homeland Security continues to grow.  That is part of the reason why Fayetteville State University is being noted as one of the leading higher education institutions in the nation and also why those affiliated with the university are “Proud to Be”.

FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If you would like more information about this topic, or the Center for Defense and Homeland Security, please contact Dr. Curtis Charles at (910) 672-2006 or by e-mail at