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New Semester, New Campus Initiatives



Dear NCCU Community:

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had an enjoyable holiday break.

I would like to officially welcome our Spring Eagles, the newest members of our Eagle family, to North Carolina Central University. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, the administration, faculty, staff and alumni, I also thank everyone who has chosen to continue their education at NCCU, as well as new faculty and staff who joined us on January 2, 2019. Congratulations on your new appointments! We are thrilled that you are a part the growing community that nurtures students and for your contributions to this 108-year-old institution.

We ended 2018 with a record number of graduates. The Dec. 9 Commencement, our largest ever, awarded 639 bachelor’s, master’s, Juris Doctor and Ph.D. degrees. As we begin the Spring semester, I encourage all students to stay focused, especially those scheduled to graduate in May. Finish your last semester strong. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities provided by your college or school and the Career Services and Outreach Office. Review the deadlines for graduate and professional programs you may be interested in. Remember, NCCU also has a stellar School of Graduate Studies with several programs that have earned high rankings. Please see this link for a list of upcoming deadlines.

Throughout this semester and beyond, you will see changes taking place on our campus as a result of three capital projects. We will launch construction of a new Student Center that is being paid for by student debt service fees, along with new a School of Business, which is supported with $30 million from the Connect NC Bond and an additional $8.6 million from the North Carolina State Legislature. Additionally, three new residential buildings will be constructed through a public-private partnership, or P3, to expand housing capacity. (Renderings for the School of Business, Student Center and Lawson Street Residence Hall are pictured below, left to right.)

We are confident that these new facilities will improve the overall campus environment and contribute to overall student success.

We ask for your patience as we begin construction on all of these major projects. Several offices and departments will shift locations to accommodate this growth over the coming months and years. Further updates will be shared regularly, as each project gets underway.

As we plan for an exciting future, the university is developing a new strategic plan. Scheduled for completion in March, the plan will cover 2019-2023 and serve as a guide to the direction and growth of NCCU during that period. We also are completing a 10-year master plan, another vital university planning initiative.

On a final note, I am working in collaboration with the Student Government Association to engage with students throughout the semester, including participating in another Ride-Along. (Watch a recap of the first one here.) Look out for more details as the semester gets underway!

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.


Published: Friday, January 11, 2019
by Director of Marketing and Communications, Quiana M Shepard
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