NCCU chancellor addresses provost search, Shriners football partnership
N.C. Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White brought up the school’s search for a new provost, a new football game partnership and new sales tax requirements mandated by the N.C. General Assembly at a NCCU Faculty Senate meeting Friday.
Saunders-White shared the NCCU athletics department’s Friday announcement that the Prince Hall Shriners Foundation, which has organized a national diabetes initiative, would jointly host and sponsor a NCCU home football game in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Game days, called the Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Football Classic, will include events tailored around diabetes awareness.
Ingrid Wicker-McCree, NCCU director of athletics, said in a statement that the money raised through this partnership would be directed toward health research conducted by the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute on campus and NCCU's departments of nursing, pharmaceutical sciences and public health education.
Saunders-White also mentioned to faculty members Friday that North Carolina universities are required by state statute as of Jan. 1 to start collecting sales tax on food services and ticket sales, which includes athletics and arts programs. N.C. Central will be affected by the change.
According to the N.C. Department of Revenue, state and private educational institutions are no longer exempt from placing a sales and use tax on food served to students in dining rooms.
NCCU spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez said the university was finalizing a notice to students about the upcoming changes to campus food services.
The notice will be sent to students early next week, and the university could not comment on the effect sales tax collections will have on pricing before students are notified, Hernandez said.
Elementary and secondary schools don’t have to impose a sales and use tax on their admission charges, such as a live performance, exhibit or film screening, but higher education also will have to include that tax by Jan. 1.
Before the meeting adjourned, Saunders-White provided a brief update on the search for NCCU’s next provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. She said the university has received more than 60 applications, and that list has been whittled down to nine candidates.
Interviews will be conducted next week, with on-campus interviews taking place with the finalists in the third week of November, Saunders-White said.