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Felecia McInnis Nave, Ph.D., serves as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

In the role of provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nave provides leadership and support for North Carolina Central University’s six schools and colleges that are accountable for the overall academic experience of more than 6,350 undergraduate and 1,740 graduate students. The Division of Extended Studies, including NCCU Online, as well as University College, James E. Shepard Library, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, Office of Research Evaluation and Planning, Office of Faculty Development, Division of Enrollment Management and the Office of Research Compliance and Technology Transfer also fall under her overall portfolio.

Previously, Dr. Nave served on the faculty at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), where she was the director for Faculty Development and Engagement, a new initiative she designed at the request of the university president. Prior to that appointment, she was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at PVAMU from 2014 to 2017 and associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs from 2010 to 2014.

She joined PVAMU’s faculty in 2003 and was a professor of chemical engineering in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. Dr. Nave was also a member of the Texas A&M University System graduate faculty.

Dr. Nave has compiled a diverse portfolio, with many projects requiring work in a cross section of complex collegiate environments and larger scale community ventures. As provost of PVAMU, she guided a strategic expansion of the university’s reach and visibility both globally and locally. She also steered the university to record enrollment and improved retention rates.

Her projects included development of new degree programs, faculty and student development, diversity and inclusion, accreditation, assessment of student learning outcomes, and recruitment and retention strategies. She led efforts to secure funding for special initiatives addressing student success, including increasing student progression into graduate school, intensification of PVAMU’s research efforts, and strengthening of the university’s focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Dr. Nave took a proactive role in developing PVAMU’s K-12 partnerships with regional school districts and creating strategic alliances with various two- and four-year institutions. 

Dr. Nave has been widely published in scholarly journals on topics related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and minority students. She holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Alcorn State University. She holds both a Master of Science in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Toledo.

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