NCCU names new provost
Johnson O. Akinleye, veteran higher education administrator, has been named provost and vice chancellor of N.C. Central University.
Akinleye, who most recently served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at UNC Wilmington, assumed his new duties as NCCU’s top academic officer Jan. 1.
In a news release, Akinleye said he is honored to join the NCCU family.
“NCCU’s rich history and legacy for educating alumni who carry out the university’s century-old motto of ‘Truth and Service’ is one that I have long admired,” Akinleye said. “Under the leadership of Chancellor [Debbie] Saunders-White, I look forward to a productive tenure as we collaborate, teach and prepare the next great generation of leaders who are produced at this great institution.”
Saunders-White said she is confident Akinleye will provide sound leadership.
“He is invested in Eagle Excellence and looks forward to building and supporting our academic enterprise, one that will continue to provide students a marketplace of ideas, a high quality education and increase innovative and collaborative teaching, learning and research opportunities,” Saunders-White said.
As NCCU's chief academic officer, Akinleye will work closely with the chancellor’s executive leadership team and University Planning Council to promote multi-dimensional educational experiences.
He will lead the university in the areas of faculty development and academic planning and assessment and oversee all academic units, including the university’s seven schools and colleges, as well as the enrollment management division.
During his tenure at UNCW, Akinleye was instrumental in leading the online and distance education programs, increasing academic offerings at UNCW and its extension site, as well as leading the development and formation of a new College of Allied Health.
He also brings expertise in accreditation, specifically with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Akinleye has served as vice president for administration and chief operating officer, as well as interim vice president for academic affairs, at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla.
He also held numerous positions, including dean, department chair and associate provost/vice president for academic affairs, at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Akinleye began his academic career at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., serving as an assistant professor.
He is published in an array of scholarly journals and other publications and has led presentations at conferences across the country.
Akinleye earned his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University.
He received his doctorate in human communications studies from Howard University.