NCCU Search committee ready for interviews

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 06:05 PM

The half-dozen or so top candidates to become the next chancellor of N.C. Central University are coming to town.

They will meet — in closed session — with the university’s full search committee Thursday and Friday at the Radisson Hotel Research Triangle Park.

The candidates being brought in for intensive interviews are the best of more than 60 who applied to replace former Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

Committee Chair Harold Epps, a member of NCCU’s Board of Trustees, said he was impressed “by the breadth and depth” of the candidates being brought in for interviews.

 “They represent a wide range of experience, both in the public sector and the academic world,” Epps said. “They have multiple dimensions to their backgrounds.”

Members of the search committee, who have devised a series of more than 30 questions for each of the candidates, will have some long days ahead.

Their meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. each day, and then almost immediately go into closed session for the interviews.

The committee will remain in closed session for both days until approximately 4:30 p.m. before reconvening briefly in open session to adjourn.

After the interviews, the search committee expects to further trim the field to three or four finalists. Those finalists will be brought in again, at the beginning of the new year, for additional interviews with the full board of trustees.

 “We’d want to give [the candidates] some expanded exposure, and widen the net of familiarity with them,” Epps said.

By the beginning of February, the full board should be ready to forward three names to UNC system President Tom Ross. Ross then will make his choice on who will become the next chancellor, and submit that choice to the system’s Board of Governors for final endorsement.

Officials hope to have a new chancellor in place by early summer, several months before the beginning of the fall semester.