|John Neville, wife Clerise, son Jonathyn and C.D. Spangler|
North Carolina Central University received an endowed gift from the C.D. Spangler Foundation to establish the John Neville Distinguished Professorship in Visual and Performing Arts. The $500,000 endowed professorship will provide an opportunity for NCCU to attract a scholar who will support teaching and research in visual and performing arts.
The professorship is named in honor of John Neville, a longtime employee of the University of North Carolina System. A native of Hillsborough and resident of Durham, Neville currently serves as a facilities maintenance technician and has worked at UNC for more than 33 years under UNC presidents William Friday, C.D. Spangler, Molly Corbett Broad, Erskine Bowles and Tom Ross.
“It means a great deal to me to name this professorship at NCCU in honor of John,” said C.D. Spangler. “The purpose of the recognition is to pay tribute to an individual who has done extraordinary things for the university. John has served UNC for many years and worked closely with five UNC presidents, always with a positive attitude even when things were difficult.”
The C.D. Spangler Foundation has a two-part initiative that together makes available $26.9 million to support the creation of up to 96 distinguished professorships within the UNC System. The state of North Carolina matches the $250,000 provided by the Spangler Foundation for each professorship, along with gifts from private donors and other foundations.
NCCU’s Interim Chancellor Charles L. Becton said, “We are thrilled to continue a legacy of recruiting top faculty and scholars to disciplines such as the arts, science, healthcare and social science through the Distinguished Professorships provided by the C.D. Spangler Foundation. NCCU is grateful to Mr. Spangler, his Foundation, the state of North Carolina and other donors who have invested in this important initiative.”