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North Carolina Central University
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Office Of the Provost

Provost Debbie ThomasDr. Johnson O. Akinleye to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) serves as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He began at NCCU on Feb. 3, 2014. Prior to joining NCCU, Dr. Akinleye served in the academy for more than 25 years in various positions. He envisions the strengthening and enhancement of the academic core of NCCU by focusing on our strategic goals and student success. 

Dr. Akinleye joins NCCU after having served as associate vice chancellor for Academic Programs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington since 2007. During his tenure at UNC-Wilmington, Dr. Akinleye was instrumental in leading the online and distance education programs, increasing academic offerings, both at UNC-Wilmington and its extension site, as well as leading the development and formation of a new College of Allied Health. He has a strong academic portfolio with expertise in accreditation, specifically with SACS. 

Dr. Akinleye has served the academy as vice president for administration and chief operating officer and interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Edward Waters College. Dr. Akinleye served in several positions at Bethune-Cookman University, including dean, department chair, and associate provost/vice president for Academic Affairs. He began his academic career at Bowie State University as an assistant professor.He is published in an array of scholarly journals and other publications and has led presentations at conferences across the country. Dr. Akinleye also was responsible for securing funding for several new academic programs. 

Dr. Akinleye earned his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. He received his Ph.D. in Human Communications Studies from Howard University.