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Dr. Felecia McInnis Nave Appointed Provost for NCCU

Dr. Felecia McInnis Nave

Felecia McInnis Nave, Ph.D., has been appointed as North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) new provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2018, following a competitive, nationwide search.

In the role of provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Nave will provide leadership and support for NCCU’s six schools and colleges that are accountable for the overall academic experience of more than 6,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. The Division of Extended Studies, including NCCU Online, as well as University College, James E. Shepard Library, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, and the Office of Research Compliance and Technology Transfer also will fall under her overall portfolio.

Currently, Nave is on the faculty at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), where she also serves as the director for Faculty Development and Engagement, a new initiative she designed at the request of the university president. Prior to that appointment, she was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at PVAMU from 2014 to 2017 and associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs from 2010 to 2014. She joined PVAMU’s faculty in 2003 and is currently a professor of chemical engineering in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. She is also a member of the Texas A&M University System graduate faculty.

“In seeking North Carolina Central University’s next chief academic officer, we specifically sought an experienced academic leader with the vision, leadership, experience and management qualities necessary to advance a cutting-edge academic and research enterprise that is currently thriving at our institution — and Dr. Nave is that proven leader,” said Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., NCCU Chancellor. “She joins NCCU with nearly two decades of successful, demonstrated academic credentials and has served at every rank, from assistant professor to provost.”   

Nave has compiled a diverse portfolio, with many projects requiring work in a cross section of complex collegiate environments and larger scale community ventures. As provost, she guided a strategic expansion of the university’s reach and visibility both globally and locally. She steered PVAMU to record enrollment and improved retention rates. Nave’s projects included development of new degree programs, faculty and student development, diversity and inclusion, accreditation, assessment of student learning outcomes, and recruitment and retention strategies. She led efforts to secure funding for special initiatives addressing student success, including increasing student progression into graduate school, intensification of PVAMU’s research efforts, and strengthening of the university’s focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Nave took a proactive role in developing PVAMU’s K-12 partnerships with regional school districts and creating strategic alliances with various two- and four-year institutions. 

Nave has been widely published in scholarly journals on topics related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and minority students. She holds memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education.

Nave earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Alcorn State University. She holds both a Master of Science in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Toledo.

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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