Akinleye goes from interim to official N.C. Central chancellor

July 10, 2017 by  

Recently, for the second time during her term as UNC President, Margaret Spelling hired a new chancellor – Johnson Akinleye.

Akinleye had been serving in the former chancellor of North Carolina Central Debra Saunders-White’s stead since last spring, when her kidney cancer made performing her duties problematic.

Akinleye has had the opportunity to order new custom business cards in Durham several times in the last year. After serving as provost before taking over first as acting chancellor and then, following the death of Saunders-White in November, as interim chancellor, Akinleye has now been named N.C. Central’s 12th chancellor.

From thirty applicants, the field was narrowed down to twelve, of which four were interviewed. According to Chairman George Hamilton, NCCU trustee, three names were sent to President Spelling. Following the board’s vote, Spelling said the following about the decision:

“When we looked at the specs laid out by the search committee, and Johnson’s skills and attributes and leadership and track record, we had a near-perfect match.”

Generally, choosing a new chancellor takes close to a full academic year. In order to ensure that the new school year, starting this August, would see a permanent chancellor in place was made in haste yet, according to Hamilton, not hastily. He assured:

“We did not cut any corners.”

The new chancellor’s appointment became effective immediately.

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