Prior to joining Elizabeth City State University in January 2016, Conway served for eight years as vice chancellor and chief of staff at Fayetteville State University (FSU).
He came to Fayetteville State University after his 32-year tenure at North Carolina State University where he served as dean of undergraduate academic programs. His responsibilities included increasing the quality of academic advising afforded to all students; the interpretation, review and revision of academic policy for the University; and, support for efforts by academic programs to develop balanced assessment-based environments for critical decision making. In addition, Conway, a veteran administrator of student success programs, was charged with developing an institutional framework for NC State's student success efforts.
While at NC State University, he held various other positions including: vice provost for enrollment management and services (2002-05), associate vice provost for the Division of Undergraduate Affairs (1998-2002); and director of the First Year College (1998-2000). He earlier served as a counselor in NC State’s University Counseling Center, Trio program director, director of the academic support program for student-athletes, and director of recruiting and minority services for the College of Engineering. He also was a visiting lecturer in the NC State College of Education’s department of counselor education.
Conway holds an undergraduate degree in agricultural education (1971) and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling (1976) from NC A&T State University and earned a Ph.D. in counselor education from NC State in 1994.
Active in a number of professional organizations, Conway has served as a consultant for numerous historically minority institutions and has written and spoken widely about academic assessment, mentoring and leadership. At the UNC system level, he has served on the UNC Military Affairs Council and the UNC Task Force on Athletics and Academics.
A native of Louisburg, N.C., Conway is married to the former Mychele Jenkins of Hollywood, Fla. They have two adult children: Simon, a middle school teacher in the Washington, D.C. public schools; and Zena, who works for a conference management company in Charlotte.