NCCU's acting chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye joined other Triangle HBCU executives in Washington on Monday for a national convening of HBCU officials.
U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images.
Nearly 100 presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including N.C. Central University’s Interim Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, met with White House officials for a listening session in Washington on Monday.
The listening session was held the day before President Donald Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The order established an executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, moving it from under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education into the Executive Office of the President. The initiative itself was created by President Ronald Reagan by executive order in 1981.
Prior to his current leadership position, Dr. Akinleye served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU from February 2014 until his appointment as Interim Chancellor in August 2016. As Interim Chancellor, Dr. Akinleye “provides oversight for approximately 3,620 employees, a student body of approximately 8,100 and manages a budget of over $134 million.” He entered his current position after the late Dr. Debra Saunders-White, NCCU’s 11th chancellor, stepped down for medical reasons.
In a statement released Wednesday, Dr. Akinleye said that “NCCU looks forward to the White House Administration’s partnership in these important endeavors.”
Fellow Triangle HBCU executives Dr. Tashni-Ann DuBroy, president of Shaw University and Dr. Everett B. Ward, president of Saint Augustine’s University, were also in attendance on Monday. Both universities are located in Raleigh.