New NCCU chancellor welcomed to the nest with community celebration

New NCCU chancellor welcomed to the nest with community celebration

N.C. Central University hosted a block party last Tuesday evening to officially welcome its 12th chancellor, Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye.

Above: New N.C. Central University chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye greets guests at his community celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Photo by Kaylee Sciacca.

NCCU hosted a block party in late September to officially welcome its 12th chancellor, Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, to the campus and community.

The event, which took place on the Brant Street Plaza between the Eagle Landing and Ruffin residence halls, included live entertainment from NCCU’s vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, with catering provided by local Durham vendors including Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Nzinga’s Breakfast Cafe and Favor Desserts.

The school’s vocal (left) and instrumental (right) jazz ensembles provided live music for attendees. Photos by Kaylee Sciacca.

Before his official appointment to the chancellorship in June, Akinleye served as acting chancellor in the months following his predecessor Dr. Debra Saunders-White’s death last November. Akinleye had previously served as interim chancellor after Dr. Saunders-White took her initial leave of absence in August 2016.

Akinleye originally served as the university’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs beginning in 2014, but has held major leadership positions at other universities, including acting as the associate vice chancellor for academic and external programs and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) during his six and a half years there.

With that wealth of experience on hand, Akinleye is confident that his six-point “Eagle Promise” platform will be a success during his time as chancellor.

“(NCCU) is like an ocean liner,” Akinleye said during his speech at the event. “It takes a lot to move us, but we are still moving.”

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