A local newspaper reports that T.J. Bryan filed the lawsuit last week in Wake Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination, as well as racial and gender discrimination.
According to reports the case is being handled by the Attorney General's Office.
Bryan became chancellor in July 2003 left in July 2007.
Her announcement to leave came around the time the state Board of Nursing delayed full approval to offer a bachelor's degree in nursing at the university and as the school's finances were under review by state auditors.