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NCCU Vice Chancellor Appointed Durham County Manager

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wendell Davis, vice chancellor for administration and finance at North Carolina Central University, will leave NCCU in April to take the position of Durham County manager. Davis joined NCCU in June 2011 after having served as deputy county manager of Durham County for 12 years.

The administration and finance division includes auxiliary and business services, budgets and financial planning, comptroller, facilities management, police and public safety, and purchasing. Under Davis’ leadership, NCCU implemented the Process Improvement and Efficiency Initiative (PIE) in 2012 that generated $1.5 million in cost savings for the university. He also led a successful campus-initiated tuition and fee increase for fiscal year 2011-2012, reorganized the Human Resources Department, restructured and merged the Environmental Health and Occupation Safety Department and upgraded business practices in the Comptroller’s office. Over the course of his tenure, Davis chaired the Economic Development Task Force, served on the Chancellor’s Search Committee and co-chaired the Transition Committee formed by Chancellor Debra Saunders-White in 2013.

“During the past two and a half years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to serve in a valuable leadership role and work with a talented team to advance North Carolina Central University,” said Davis. “I value NCCU not only because it is a first-class institution of higher learning, but treasure this university because it is also my alma mater. I will always remain committed and connected to this great academy.”

Davis graduated from NCCU in 1987 with two degrees, Bachelor of Science with a major in geography and Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology. He earned a master’s in urban planning from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Southeastern University.

“The Durham community and our state are gaining one of the finest and most astute leaders in county government,” said Dr. Debra Saunders-White, NCCU Chancellor. “On behalf of his NCCU family, I congratulate Wendell on his new appointment.  I am grateful for his diligence and dedication to ensuring that NCCU operates efficiently and remains fiscally sound.”  

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