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Message from NCCU Board Chairman, George R. Hamilton

April 27, 2018           

Dear NCCU Community,

On behalf of the members of the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees, I would like to publicly recognize our chancellor, Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, following his formal installation last week. As I noted at the ceremony, after having worked closely with Chancellor Akinleye over the past several years, I and my fellow Board members realize we have been privileged to serve with a newly appointed leader who is clearly possessed of talent, intelligence and compassion and who already has made great strides on behalf of our beloved university.

The Board of Trustees would like to state its full support and confidence in Chancellor Akinleye and his leadership as together we work to fulfill The Eagle Promise priorities and University of North Carolina System Higher Expectations metrics. Thus far, under his tenure, the university has experienced tremendous enrollment growth and significant increases in fundraising dollars and sponsored research grants. We laud these and numerous additional major accomplishments and look forward to more formally recognizing these successes as we near the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.

NCCU is on an upward trajectory, and we can thank Chancellor Akinleye, along with his talented leadership team and all faculty and staff, for helping this institution soar as a top university in North Carolina and as an academic community with national and international recognition. Currently, the university is in the process of developing a new, 10-Year Master Plan. The new Master Plan will reflect NCCU’s new direction and infrastructure expansion for the next 10 years. It will also include a designation for the Millennial Campus that will be presented for approval to the UNC Board of Governors in May. In addition, a new Strategic Plan is also under development. All of these strategic efforts will support future growth of the institution. 

Today, we are looking forward to one of the most treasured moments of the academic year. The Commencement celebration awarding undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees to the Class of 2018 will take place May 11 and 12. We offer special thanks to Chancellor Akinleye and all who have assisted our students in completing their academic programs and achieving their dreams.

In Truth and Service,

George R. Hamilton

Chairman, NCCU Board of Trustees

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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