Dr. Althea Riddick

Chair, Gates County Board of Commissioners for the Sunbury District

Dr. Althea Riddick is an esteemed leader in higher education with a distinguished career spanning over several decades. Currently serving as the Chair of the Gates County Board of Commissioners for the Sunbury District, Dr. Riddick is a trailblazer, notably championing the expansion of rural broadband in northeastern North Carolina.

Dr. Riddick has a long career in education. Many of those years were spent in higher education. She had an illustrious career at the College of the Albemarle (COA), where she dedicated 16 years to the institution. She progressed from an instructor to a full professor and eventually ascended to the role of Chief Academic Officer. In 2012, she joined Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) as the Curriculum Coordinator. Her exceptional leadership skills led to her appointment as the Registrar and later as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Continuing Education and Enrollment Management at ECSU.

Throughout her tenure at ECSU, Dr. Riddick has made significant contributions to the university’s growth and success. Under her guidance, ECSU experienced a notable increase in admissions applications and enrollment numbers. Her strategic focus on improving policies and procedures within enrollment management has had a lasting impact, ensuring the university meets the expectations of current and prospective students, as well as community stakeholders.

Dr. Riddick’s educational background is as impressive as her professional achievements. She is an alumna of ECSU, holding a degree in Business Education. She furthered her education with a master’s degree in Vocational Education from East Carolina University and a doctorate in Education from Northcentral University.

Renowned for her effective, no-nonsense leadership style, Dr. Riddick has earned the trust and confidence of her colleagues and the communities she serves. Her dedication to education and community development continues to inspire and drive positive change in Gates County and beyond.