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NCCU Prepares for Chancellor Akinleye's Installation


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will install Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., as its 12th chancellor at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in McDougald-McLendon Arena.

Akinleye will deliver an Installation address, and a reception will take place at Brant Street Plaza on campus immediately following the Installation ceremony.

Prior to his appointment, Akinleye served as interim chancellor since January 2017. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed him on a permanent basis position on June 26, 2017.

Akinleye was named acting chancellor from August 2016 to January 2017. Previously, he served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for the university, where his responsibilities included faculty development, academic planning and assessment, enrollment management, and academic oversight of NCCU’s seven schools and colleges.

Additionally, Akinleye worked to expand the university’s academic partnerships, including new agreements with community colleges, as well as introduced to the campus a robust online, distance-education program, NCCU Online. Furthermore, he created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents.

Akinleye has also served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to that, he held multiple leadership posts at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University. He began his academic career as a faculty member at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Akinleye received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications as well as a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. He also earned his Ph.D. in human communications studies from Howard University.

The university has planned four days of events, from April 8 to April 19, to celebrate the Installation of NCCU’s twelfth chancellor. The following activities are open to the public:

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Worship Service - Uplifting the Promise

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: B.N. Duke Auditorium, 1851 Fayetteville St., Durham, N.C.

Cost: Free

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A TED Talk featuring Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: B.N. Duke Auditorium, 1851 Fayetteville St., Durham, N.C.

Cost: Free

International Symposium - A New Era

Time: Immediately following the TED Talk featuring Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye

Location: B.N. Duke Auditorium, 1851 Fayetteville St., Durham, N.C.

Cost: Free

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Installation Ceremony - Fulfilling the Dream

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: McDougald-McLendon Arena, 700 E. Lawson St., Durham, N.C.

Cost: Free

Reception to immediately follow at Brant Street Plaza on campus.

The Eagle Promise Installation Scholarship Gala - Sustaining the Vision*

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, N.C.

*This event is sold out.

For more information on the chancellor’s Installation, please visit www.nccu.edu/installation. Media wishing to cover any of the events should contact the NCCU Office of Communications and Marketing at 919-530-6295 or email publicrelations@nccu.edu.  

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