Dr. E. K. Fretwell, Jr. was appointed president on August 2, 1967, and was inaugurated as the fourth president on May 10, 1968. Previously he held the position of dean of academic development of the City University of New York.
On September 8, 1978, President Fretwell resigned to accept a position as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He served as chancellor from 1979 to 1989. Fretwell joined MDC, a private nonprofit research corporation in 1989.