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Betty Byrum

Assistant Dean for Financial Administration

Financial Services

Caldwell Hall M6G


Betty Byrum is a native of Hertford County in northeastern North Carolina. An interesting fact is that she is the 11th child born to her parents. In the early years of her career, she served four years in the US Army as a communication specialist. She joined the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in June 2010 bringing with her 18 years of service to the State of North Carolina, with the majority of those at NC State University. Her areas of expertise at NC State include fiscal and human resource administration.  Betty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at NC Wesleyan College and a Masters of Business Administration at East Carolina University. Betty is married to Ken Esbenshade, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Betty enjoys traveling, reading, attending theatre performances, gardening with her husband, and spending time with family and friends.  Her favorite color is purple. She loves food and is a pescetarian (basically a vegetarian that also eats seafood).  She has a special fondness for dark chocolate!


The Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration has oversight of the budgetary, accounting, and Human Resource functions within CHASS and provides expertise in budgetary planning, fiscal and human resource management, compliance with policies and procedures, and good stewardship of resources.  This position also serves on the CHASS Administrative Team participating in strategic planning and operational decisions in support of the college’s philosophy, mission, and vision.  The Assistant Dean works with deans, heads, and other leaders to anticipate and proactively address challenges and opportunities in support of strategic objectives.  This position directs CHASS Business Services to establish sound business practices and long-term goals for the efficient and effective operation of the office.