New NCCU chancellor expected to be named

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 03:58 PM

A new chancellor for N.C. Central University is expected to be named Friday.

The university announced Wednesday that it is planning a reception for students, faculty, staff and the local community to help greet the school’s 11th chief executive officer. Also planned is a live streaming of the announcement of the new leader, which is expected to be made by UNC system President Tom Ross Friday morning during the monthly Board of Governors meeting in Chapel Hill.

“A decision has been made, in terms of the president’s intention,” Dwight Perry, chair of the NCCU Board of Trustees, said Wednesday. “I have knowledge of the individual he has in mind, but there are details that still have to be taken care of. Choice still has to be formally made and ratified by the board.”

NCCU has kept the search for a new chancellor under wraps, and even the names of the three finalists that the Board of Trustees approved last month and sent to Ross haven’t been revealed.

“And it would be premature of me to do that now,” Perry said.

B.N. Duke Auditorium on the NCCU campus will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m., when the Board of Governors meeting begins. University officials expect that the announcement of the new chancellor should be made around 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. In addition to the live streaming of the announcement, it also will be broadcast on Channel 30, NCCU’s closed-circuit television station.

Following the expected announcement, the university will host a reception for the chancellor-elect Friday at 3:30 p.m., in W.G. Pearson Cafeteria’s Banquet Hall. Perry is scheduled to introduce the new leader, who will then offer remarks.

The new chancellor will replace Charlie Nelms, who stunned the university community by abruptly stepping down last July, after serving in the post for five years. While retired Judge Charles Becton served as interim chancellor since August, a 19-member search committee has been working to help identify a new leader.

The names of the three finalists forwarded to Ross last month were culled from 65 official applicants for the post.

 “They are all excellent, excellent candidates,” Perry said. “We think any of them could do the job, could do an excellent job.”

Harold Epps, the chair of the search committee and also a member of the board, said the three finalists have impressive resumés.

“They all have strong, deep academic backgrounds,” Epps said. “All three have Ph.Ds. All three bring a wealth and breadth of experience that is consistent with the attributes we laid out in our leadership statement. I think we’re confident that any would be a capable chancellor.”