North Carolina Central University alumnus Charles Asubonten, ’89, has been named Chief Financial Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). In his new role, he will oversee CalPERS financial systems and risk programs.

Asubonten most recently served as the managing director at a private equity firm. He has more than 20 years of international experience in various aspects of finance and investments in industries including mining, financials, energy, infrastructure, technology, and health care.

He has also served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

Asuborten obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting from North Carolina Central University and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

He also earned an advanced diploma in corporate governance from the Financial Times Board of Directors Non-Executive Director program in London. He is a certified public accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

CHICAGO, IL – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Chicago Alumni Chapter give donations towards HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., study abroad living expenses. Demetrius [pictured right on the left with UAPB Chicago Alumni President Jackey Cason on the right] will be traveling to Toulouse, France leaving June 27th and returning July 31st.

Demetrius will be attending an 4-week French speaking learning program beginning July 1st and ending July 27th at the University of Toulouse II, in an study abroad partnership with the Office of International Programs and Studies at UAPB. He will also receive the chance to experience the French culture.

Your assistance is needed for Demetrius living expenses during his four week stay in Toulouse, Fance. If you would like to make an donation, you can do so by visiting his Go Fund Me account here:

Or if you would like to make an donation but do not wish you put it in Go Fund Me, you may mail your donation to:

Demetrius Johnson Jr.,
Study Aboard France – Donation
12558 S. Princeton Ave
Chicago, IL 60628

Demetrius is warmly thankful of everyone who has donated this far as well as supported him during this amazing opportunity. He plans to give updates during the trip about how his experience is going.

For more information, contact Demetrius direct via email at