Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, 12th chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU), has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2023–2024 academic year on June 30, 2024. The announcement was made during a meeting of the NCCU Board of Trustees on Jan. 12, 2024. A national search has been initiated to identify NCCU’s next chancellor.

The Policy

In accordance with state law, the chancellor serves as the administrative and executive head of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System's component institution, exercising executive responsibility under the president's guidance. According to state legislation, the president must select the nominee from a list of candidates suggested by the institution's board of trustees, and the Board of Governors must elect a chancellor upon the nomination of the president.

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Public Survey

We must involve the public voice in selecting the ideal Chancellor for North Carolina Central University. We ask all stakeholders, including those from the university and the community, to offer input from the beginning of the search process by participating in this survey.


Tomeika Bowden

I urge every alum to be an active participant in the search process for the next chancellor of North Carolina Central University. Our engagement is a testament to our dedication and commitment to the future of our alma mater.

Tomeika Bowden C'00
President, NCCU Alumni Association, Inc.

Leadership Search Profile

North Carolina Central University (NCCU), an esteemed constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System (UNC System), is actively searching for its next visionary chancellor to spearhead the storied institution’s growth, innovation and transformative change.

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Chancellor Search Advisory Committee Meeting

April 16, 2024

Leadership Search Profile Available

March 5, 2024

UNC System President Charges the Search Advisory Committee

February 12, 2024

Kick-off Meeting for the NCCU Chancellor Search Advisory Committee

February 12, 2024

Listening Sessions for the Search of NCCU's Chancellor

February 12, 2024

NCCU Chancellor Search Advisory Committee Announced

January 26, 2024

Chancellor Akinleye Announces His Retirement

January 12, 2024


Chancellor Search News and Updates

 NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye

NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye to Retire at End of Academic Year

James E. Shepard Statue

North Carolina Central University Chancellor Search Advisory Committee Announced