It is a thrill and an honor to be part of the Eagle family as the 11th chancellor of North Carolina Central University. Building on more than a century of NCCU's rich history and traditions. I'm eager to get started -- eager to meet students, faculty, staff, alumni and our friends and neighbors in Durham, throughout North Carolina and around the country. We will continue the trajectory of our great institution.
I'm passionate about the promise of higher education. I believe higher education is a powerful economic empowerment tool. It transforms lives. And that’s why we're here. Our students are here to learn and discover, and the job of everyone who works here is to support that mission. We must encourage a commitment to learning, civic engagement, public service, research and innovation.
Rapid change is one of the few constants of life today, and to help our students meet the challenges they will face, we must do all we can to equip them with the ability to think critically and creatively, to adapt quickly and to lead with integrity. And that means we who work and teach here must also be quick to adapt, to embrace the change and meet the challenges head-on.
Dr. James E. Shepard courageously opened this institution 103 years ago. Even as NCCU has matured into a comprehensive university, with an extraordinarily diverse student body and faculty, we remain true to our roots and Dr. Shepard's commitment to Truth and Service.