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Dr. Anthony C. Nelson Named School of Business Dean

Dr. Anthony C. Nelson

Dr. Anthony C. Nelson, a seasoned higher education administrator with corporate expertise, has been appointed as the new dean of the School of Business at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

As dean, Nelson will lead strategically to create a distinctive niche for the School of Business, while optimizing student enrollment and academic quality. He also will work to bring more external recognition to the School of Business and further integrate the school into the business community. NCCU’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Nelson’s leadership duties are to include academic support for the school’s faculty, fostering of research, teaching and service, as well as articulating a vision and goals for the institution for use in collaboration and fundraising. With plans underway for a new School of Business building on campus, Nelson will provide input into all phases of its development.

“Dr. Anthony Nelson brings a strong record of scholarship and teaching in higher education and a host of accomplishments in the private sector to this leadership role overseeing North Carolina Central University’s School of Business,” said Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU Chancellor. “I am certain that his expertise and commitment to our institution’s mission will continue building the school’s prominence and cultivate new industry partnerships.”

Currently serving as dean of the College of Business at Bowie State University, Nelson has been responsible for the college’s overall operations, including strategic planning and academic programs. He worked alongside business and government officials to develop the college’s Bowie Business Innovation Center (BIC), a business accelerator, and personally generated more than $1 million dollars in grants and other contributions.

Prior to joining Bowie State University, he was the dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University, where he also served as chairman of the Computer Information Systems Department. He previously held systems development and project management positions with National Steel Inc., Champion International Paper Inc. and Mellon Bank, along with providing private consulting services.

Nelson’s civic involvement includes membership in the Board of Directors of the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Advisors for Prince George’s County High Schools Career Academies, the Montgomery County Public Schools Business Management and Finance Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors of the Bowie BIC (ex-officio member), and others. Nelson also is a past president of the HBCU Business Deans’ Roundtable, where he worked with other HBCU administrators to enhance business programs and initiatives.

Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina A&T State University and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Master of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. 

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