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Paula Gentius

Chief of Staff and Secretary of the University

A Holladay Hall Campus Box 7001


Dr. Paula Gentius is the chief of staff and secretary of the university for NC State. Prior to this role, she served as interim executive director and Title IX review panel administrator in Equity and Access Services at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In the VCU Office of the President, she served as the senior executive and provided senior-level support to the president and his cabinet, as well as the governing board. Dr. Gentius worked closely with the university’s legal counsel, board professional, policy and compliance office and other units to develop and monitor board and/or institutional policies and practices. She previously served as the senior policy analyst and assistant to the president at VCU, and as the executive policy advisor to the president and board of visitors at Norfolk State University. Her prior roles in state and city governments include executive policy advisor, confidential policy analyst and chief deputy for a state agency, and executive director of a city commission. Dr. Gentius earned a Ph.D. in educational management from Hampton University in 2015, and she has a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, a Master of Education in higher education from Ohio University, and a B.A. in mass media arts from Hampton University.