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Chronology Of Events

The NCCU Chancellor Search Committee consisted of 24 members including an observer from the UNC Board of Governors. Representatives from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders began the work needed to identify and select a new leader for this institution.

On January 17th the Chancellor Search Committee convened to kick-off the process.  President Spellings and Chairman Hamilton welcomed and thanked the members for agreeing to serve.  President Spellings reiterated that the search for a new chancellor is the most important service we can render to the university and that it was critical that the committee members find the right person for this time in the history of NCCU.  She further shared with the committee what to look for in the next chancellor and that the committee must be guided by all appropriate provisions of the law and The Code of the University of North Carolina.  The committee, campus community, search consultant and President must accept responsibility for finding the most highly qualified individuals as chancellor candidates.

The Search Firm, Diversified Search, was chosen to assist with the search process.  Their role was to recruit candidates; screen candidates, coordinate interview logistics; conduct initial reference checks and conduct background checks.

Diversified Search is well known in the UNC System and some educational institutions they have served include North Carolina A & T University, Winston-Salem State University and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

On January 24th four (4) forums for public input into the selection of a new Chancellor were held.  Forum participants, students, staff, alumni, faculty and community members were requested to share candidate recommendations, preferred characteristics and other ideas.

On January 31, 2017, a Special call meeting of the NCCU Board of Trustees was held to provide input into the search process.  Chairman Hamilton shared with the Board of Trustees that their role was to provide input to the Search Firm on the major and unique qualifications desired for the next Chancellor.  He also stated it is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to approve the candidates to go forward to President Spellings to make her choice and once decided, she would present her choice to the UNC Board of Governors for final action.

A Leadership Statement Sub-Committee was established.  It was Chaired by Trustee Johnson and they met on January 30th and February 2nd to discuss and clarify their process.  The draft was finalized on February 8th and the subcommittee voted to recommend approval to the Full Search Committee.  

On February 10th the Full Search Committee met and approved the Leadership Statement.

On April 13th the Subcommittee on the Applications/Process met.  It was Dr. Tindall who served as Chair.  The role of this subcommittee was to review, discuss and refine a set of interview questions Based on the attributes and characteristics defined in the Leadership Statement.  It was also charged to develop an evaluation scorecard that could be used during the interview process.  On April 20th the Subcommittee recommended approval of the Interview Questions.

On April 24th the Full Search Committee voted to approve the Interview Questions and Evaluation Scorecard.  
Also on April 24th Diversified Search provided the search committee with information regarding the candidate process.  Discussion regarding the pool of candidates occurred.

Thirty (30) applications were received.  Once these persons are identified, it was 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.

After an initial screening, twelve candidates were recommended by Diversified for review by the Full Search Committee.

The Full Search Committee reviewed the recommended candidates and agreed that seven (7) candidates should go forward for further review.

The in-person interviews were held on May 5-6th.  At the May 6th meeting the candidates list was narrowed down to four (4), unranked.

During the week of May 15-18, four (4) candidates were invited to campus to meet with the Executive Leadership Team, students, deans, faculty, staff, alumni and available members of the Search Committee.
The Search Committee convened on May 18th and were responsible for recommending three (3) finalists, unranked, to the NCCU Board of Trustees.  This action was completed by the Search Committee.

The NCCU Board of Trustees held a Special Call Meeting on May 19th to review the Search Committee recommendation.  The Board of Trustees approved the unranked slate of three (3) candidates to be provided to President Spellings for consideration and UNC Board of Governors for final approval.

The goal is to have the selected candidate in place no later than August 1st.


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