Six months ago, NCCU’s Chancellor’s Search Committee began one of the most critical assignments for the university: identifying candidates for chancellor of this illustrious institution. Our committee began working in August 2012 with a charge given by UNC President Tom Ross and responded by presenting him with the names of three highly qualified university administrators and educators in January.
On February 8, the UNC Board of Governors named Dr. Debra Saunders-White as the 11th chancellor of North Carolina Central University. It was a joyous moment for NCCU. A native of Hampton, Va., Dr. Saunders-White has a distinguished career in education, including working previously in the UNC system. She will begin on June 1 after serving as deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to her appointment with the Department of Education, she worked at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the role of vice chancellor and interim associate provost.
Members of the NCCU family, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, Board of Trustees, as well as local partners and members of Durham community, warmly welcomed Dr. Saunders-White and her children, Paige and Cecil, to her new home at NCCU. Our university has gained a passionate and valuable advocate and committed servant leader in Dr. Saunders-White.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education said the following about NCCU’s new chancellor-elect: “She has worked tirelessly to expand access to resources that have opened doors for millions of students across the country, and her leadership has furthered our Department’s efforts to ensure that more young people have the chance to go to college. I am personally grateful for her leadership and am thrilled that as chancellor at North Carolina Central University, she will continue to help our nation achieve President Obama's goal of again leading the world in college graduates.” For more about Dr. Saunders-White, please read the news release highlighting her appointment here.
I, along with the North Carolina Central University community, look forward to her tenure as we work collaboratively to position NCCU for even greater excellence. Again I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the NCCU Chancellors Search Committee for their diligence in the search process.
Yours in Truth and Service,
Harold T. Epps