Message from the Chancellor: Fallen Eagle Raegan Sharnae Chisley

Posted June 25, 2021, 3:34PM

Dear NCCU Community:

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has lost a beloved member of our community. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, a senseless act of gun violence stole the life of promising Eagle scholar Raegan Sharnae Chisley, a 20-year-old junior biomedical sciences major, in her hometown of Hampton, Va.

Raegan was a remarkable student who showed commitment, dedication and a passion for learning. She was fond of her science classes, especially Dr. Gail P. Hollowell’s “Principles of Biology: Molecules and Cells” course, as she appreciated how it taught her independence, responsibility and to strive further while on campus. She was a member of the NCCU Minority Association of Pre-medical Students and served as a chemistry tutor. Raegan planned to attend medical school and was laser focused on preparing herself to be a competitive applicant by interning with various programs that focused on research and mentorship, including the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program’s Science Enrichment Preparation Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was indeed a bright and shining example of The Eagle Promise and would have undoubtedly been a thought leader in the medical and science fields.

The Counseling Center is available for students who would like to speak with a counselor and can be reached at 919-530-6106; please ask to be connected to the counselor on duty. The Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue also has staff available for consultation at 919-602-6967.

Raegan’s viewing and funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 6, beginning at 11 a.m., at Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., 24497 Mary N Smith Rd., Accomac, VA 23301.

Please keep Ms. Raegan Sharnae Chisley’s family, classmates, professors and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.


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