Message from the Chancellor: Fallen Eagle Ayana Paul

Posted October 12, 2023, 3:43PM

Dear NCCU Family:

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of Ms. Ayana Paul, a first-year transfer student who was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.

A native of San Diego, California, Ayana proudly served her country as a U.S. Navy operations specialist with dreams of becoming an athletic trainer for a professional sports team. She was especially passionate about sports and still holds several records from her time as a soccer and track and field athlete in high school. She will be remembered for her career-driven attitude, bubbly personality and ‘live-with-no-regrets’ perspective.

Ayana’s viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PT) on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Bishop Mortuary (3444 Citrus St., Lemon Grove, CA 91945). Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. (PT) on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the North Park Apologetic Church (2515 Lemon Grove Ave., Lemon Grove, CA 91945). 

As we cope with this difficult loss, please know that the university has resources for you to utilize as needed. Students who would like to speak with a counselor may call the NCCU Counseling Center’s 24-hour line at 919-530-7646. Faculty and staff may utilize the ComPsych guidance resources on the university’s HR page.

Please keep her family, friends, professors, classmates and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers. 

In Truth and Service,  

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.


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