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Epps to Chair Search Committee Seeking Nelms’ Successor as North Carolina Central University’s Chancellor
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Harold T. Epps, a member of the Board of Trustees at North Carolina Central University, will chair the search committee to recommend a successor to Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

Dwight D. Perry, chair of the NCCU Board of Trustees, today announced details about the 19- member search committee during remarks at a special meeting of the NCCU Board of Trustees.

Tom Ross, president of the 17-campus UNC System will give the committee its charge at its first organizational meeting on Sept. 6, at 2 p.m. in the W.G. Pearson Cafeteria, Chancellor’s Dining Room, on the campus of North Carolina Central University.

Nelms’, NCCU’s 10th chancellor, announced his decision to retire effective August 6. He began the job in August 2007.

A national search will be conducted and forums will be held to provide an opportunity for North Carolinians and alumni to share recommendations about people, characteristics or other ideas about the new chancellor. A university website will post updates on the chancellor search process.

The search committee will recommend finalists to the full NCCU Board of Trustees. The board must recommend a slate of finalists to President Ross, and then the president will recommend one candidate to the UNC Board of Governors, which elects the new chancellor.

Listed below is the 19-member Search Committee:

Harold. T. Epps is chair of the Chancellor’s Search Committee. He has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2009. An NCCU alumnus, he is president and CEO of PRWT Services in Philadelphia.

Tania B. Davis is president of the North Carolina Central University Alumni Association. An NCCU alumna, she is branch chief, IRS Office of Procurement in Oxon Hill, Md.

Wendell Davis is vice chancellor for Administration and Finance at North Carolina Central University and an NCCU alumnus.

Robert E. Dolan has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2004 and currently serves as vice chairman to the Board. He is a retired vice president of Vaccine and Sterile Operations with Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Michael Goodmon is the vice president for Real Estate at Capitol Broadcasting Co. which operates the American Tobacco campus in Durham, N.C.

George R. Hamilton has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2008. An NCCU alumnus, he is vice president of The Dow Olympic Operations in Midland, Mich.

Andrea L. Harris is president of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, Inc., Durham, N.C.

BriAnna Lackey is a junior at North Carolina Central University from Charlotte, N.C. She is majoring in Criminal Justice.

Reggie McCrimmon serves as the NCCU Student Government Association president and began his term in 2011. He is a senior studying political science and public administration. He has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2011.

Dwight D. Perry is the chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees and has served on the Board since 2007. An NCCU alumnus, he is a specialist in cataract and refractive surgery with North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat in Durham, N.C.

Avon L. Ruffin has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2007 and currently serves as secretary to the Board. An NCCU alumna, she is a retired educator in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Durham City Schools.

Nancy F. Reese-Durham is associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University.

Daphine Richardson is chair of the Staff Senate at North Carolina Central University. She is an NCCU alumna and employee relations manager in the Department of Human Resources at NCCU.

Sandra M. Rogers is chair of the Faculty Senate at North Carolina Central University and a professor in the Department of Sociology as a Clinical Instructor/Director of Student Services. She is an NCCU alumna.

Casey Steinbacher is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce in Durham, N.C.

E. Norris Tolson is president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Carlton E. Wilson is dean and associate professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Central University. He is an NCCU alumnus.

Nancy J. Wysenski has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2006. She is a retired executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass.

Mary E. Wright is former dean of the NCCU School of Law. She serves as an academic advisor and professor of law. She has been a member of the NCCU faculty since 1984. 

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