Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye

DURHAM, NC – The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has elected  Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., to serve as the 12th chancellor of North Carolina Central University on a permanent basis. Dr. Akinleye has served as acting chancellor from August 2016 to January 2017, when he was named interim chancellor. He took over the helm for former chancellor Debra Saunders-White, who died last year following a battle with cancer.

UNC System President Margaret Spellings formally nominated Dr. Akineleye during a special meeting of the board held in Chapel Hill.

“Dr. Akinleye is a strategic thinker and no-nonsense leader,” said President Spellings. “His distinguished career includes extensive experience in senior administrative leadership roles at pubic, private and church-affiliated institutions. He sees building a relationship with the campus and community leaders as a priority and he understands the need to maximize the full value of being in the Research Triangle. I’ve had the benefit of watching Dr. Akinleye lead on an interim basis during a challenging period at N.C. Central, I’m confident that he will build on the proud traditions and storied history of the institution while continuing the legacy of great leaders before him – most notably the late Dr. Debra Saunders-White.”

At NCCU, Dr. Akinleye worked to expand the university’s academic partnerships, including new agreements with community colleges, as well as introduced to the campus a robust online, distance-education program, NCCU Online. He also created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents. Before his appointment as interim chancellor, he was named acting chancellor from August 2016 to January 2017.  Prior to that role, Akinleye was named acting chancellor NCCU’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, where his responsibilities included faculty development, academic planning and assessment, enrollment management, and academic oversight of NCCU’s seven schools and colleges.

“I accept the awesome responsibility as the 12th Chancellor for North Carolina Central University with humility,” said Chancellor Akinleye. “I look forward to leading NCCU in a manner that honors our mission and to working closely with UNC General Administration to fulfill the university’s system-wide mission and goals that accrue to the benefit of the citizens of the great state of North Carolina. Moreover, I will continue to assess, evaluate and transform the university to increase efficiencies, sustain shared resources, expand its academic portfolio, enhance its brand and reputation, as well as excel in the competitive global marketplace and evolving higher education landscape.”

Prior to joining NCCU’s leadership team, Akinleye served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at UNC Wilmington, where he was involved in leading online and distance education programs, increasing academic offerings, and leading the development and formation of the College of Allied Health. Earlier in his career, he held various leadership posts at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. He began his academic career as a faculty member at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Akinleye received an undergraduate degree in telecommunication and a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. He earned his Ph.D. in human communications studies from Howard University.

The chancellor search process, which originally began in January 2017, was first led by NCCU Board of Trustees chairman George Hamilton. The North Carolina Central University Chancellor Search Committee sought candidates that who embodied effective executive, administrative and academic leadership.

“I am excited about the selection of Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye as the 12th chancellor of our great institution,” said Chairman Hamilton. “Dr. Akinleye has a keen understanding of the landscape of higher education in North Carolina and nationally. Having served as both provost and interim chancellor at NCCU, Dr. Akinleye has demonstrated the skills and competencies necessary to ensure the institution’s future success. He knows our strengths and growth potential, and, as an added plus, he will hit the ground running on day one!”

For more information about NCCU, visit their website at www.nccu.edu.

hrdCHICAGO, IL – This past June, HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) held its 3rd annual HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition with the theme “Rulers of the Throne”. The competition highlights newly historically black colleges and universities campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents.

The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights the newly elected and crowned campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term.

This year’s competition featured a mixture of 20 campus leaders who holds the title of Queen, King and SGA Presidents that were voted by the public to be featured in the dictionary. The leaders are represented from the following schools: Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Stillman College, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Grambling State University, Virginia Union University, Savannah State University, Bennett College,  Benedict College, Fisk University, Claflin University,  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Morris College, Savannah State University, Philander Smith College and Chicago State University.

After two (2) years of the competition, this year was the first publication of the HBCU Royalty Dictionary as a magazine. The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is usually published to the HCF’s website featuring the present year induction class.

The 2016 HBCU Royalty Dictionary is now available and can be viewed in PDF format on HCF’s website here. You can purchase the magazine copy for $7.99 + shipping in support of the featured student leaders here.

All proceeds from the magazine will benefit and assist supporting the next HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition, student scholarships, services at HBCU’s and operations of HBCU Campaign Fund.

For more information regarding the HBCU Royalty Dictionary, contact support@hbcucampaignfund.org or call HCF office at 773.988.2106.

NCCUMOVEIN12-DN-081314-HLLDURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer, will be taking a leave of absence in order to fully focus her energies on her treatment, the school and the university system announced Monday.

Saunders-White is a former U.S. deputy assistance secretary for higher education programs who has led NCCU since 2013. She told UNC President Margaret Spellings she wanted to make sure the institution is full steam ahead as the new academic year gets underway.

Spellings today announced that Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will serve as acting chancellor of the university, effective immediately.

“I wholeheartedly support Chancellor Saunders-White’s decision to direct her complete attention to treatment, and NCCU is fortunate that Provost Akinleye has agreed to assume even greater responsibilities while she is on medical leave. Given his extensive administrative experience, he is exceptionally well qualified to assume oversight of the campus. The university will be in very good hands, and I am grateful that he has accepted this important assignment.”

Akinleye has served as NCCU’s chief academic officer since January 2014.  While in that role, he is responsible for faculty development, academic planning and assessment, oversight of all academic units – including the university’s seven schools and colleges – and enrollment management.

Earlier in his career, he held a series of progressively responsible leadership posts at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University in Florida. He began his academic career as a faculty member at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Akinleye holds an undergraduate degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (AAMU). He earned his Ph.D. in human communications studies from Howard University.

HBCU Campaign Fund organization send its best wishes to Saunders-White during her treatments.

Source: https://www.northcarolina.edu/news/2016/08/NCCU-Chancellor-Debra-Saunders-White-take-medical-leave-Provost-Johnson