January 30, 2017
Dear NCCU Community and Friends,
The North Carolina Central University Chancellor Search Committee has started the work needed to identify and select a new leader for the institution.
On January 17, 2017, the Chancellor Search Committee convened in the W.G. Pearson Dining Hall. I welcomed the Committee Members and thanked them for agreeing to serve as we begin to vet and select candidates for the role of the 12th chancellor for North Carolina Central University.
University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings was in attendance. She also thanked the committee members for serving and introduced each of them personally. President Spellings reiterated that the search for a new chancellor is the most important service you can render to the university. It is critical that the committee members find the right person for this time in the history of NCCU. The university is in a great place and in good standing.
The characteristics President Spellings will look for in the next chancellor of North Carolina Central University are:
The committee must be guided by all appropriate provisions of the law and The Code of The University of North Carolina and follow assiduously the requirements of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, the provisions of The Code, as well as the relevant Board of Governors’ delegations to the Board of Trustees.
The committee, the campus community, the search consultant and I must accept responsibility for finding the most highly qualified individuals as chancellor candidates. Once these persons are identified, it will be the duty of the search consultant, in cooperation with the support staff of the search committee, to bring these individuals into the pool for consideration by the committee. We are working closely with the Atlanta office of DiversifiedSearch on this process.
The committee will be responsible for recommending three finalists, unranked, to the NCCU Board of Trustees. These candidates are individuals who the committee believes can serve with distinction as chancellor of NCCU based on the characteristics noted above. After review and consideration, the NCCU Board of Trustees will then recommend the unranked slate of three candidates for consideration.
Further, President Spellings stated the committee’s work does not end with the selection of a new chancellor. Upon conclusion of the search and appointment of a chancellor, the members of the search committee will serve as emissaries to each of NCCU’s major constituencies as champions for the new chancellor.
The goal is to have the selected candidate in place no later than August 1, 2017.
Following her remarks, President Spellings introduced Ms. Laurie Charest, UNC General Administration Representative, who covered the search process protocol. Highlights of her presentation included:
Next, Ms. Glenda Farrell, UNC General Administration associate vice president for employment and university equal opportunities, made a presentation entitled EEO Role and Process. Highlights of her presentation are as follows:
I then recognized Attorney Hope Murphy Tyehimba, NCCU General Counsel. Her presentation was entitled Open vs Closed/Confidential Search. Highlights of her presentation included:
The Search Committee voted to keep the entire search process closed.
DiversifiedSearch, the executive search firm that is assisting with the NCCU Chancellor Search Committee, will:
As one of the country’s top 10 executive search firms, DiversifiedSearch has global search capabilities and is the largest women-owned search firm. They have a track record of identifying, assessing and recruiting leaders to the education sector with extensive experience conducting successful searches for senior leaders in education, including chancellors, provosts, academic and administrative deans and other units. DiversifiedSearch is well known in the UNC System. Educational institutions they have served include North Carolina A & T University, Winston-Salem State University and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.
The managing partners are Ms. J. Veronica Biggins, managing partner, and Ms. Euris Belle, managing director.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the NCCU Chancellor Search Committee held four forums for public input into the selection of a new chancellor at NCCU. Forum participants were asked to share candidate recommendations, preferred characteristics and other ideas.
This search website, www.nccu.edu/administration/chancellor-search.cfm, includes:
If you wish to provide thoughts, reflections or suggestions about potential candidates to the search committee please feel free to do so by sending an e-mail to NCCUChancellor@divsearch.com.
We will continue to keep you apprised as we make progress in this very important work.
George R. Hamilton
Chairman, Chancellor’s Search Committee
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707