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NCCU Chancellor Search Forums Planned

DURHAM, NC – The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Chancellor Search Committee, chaired by NCCU Board of Trustees Chairman George R. Hamilton, received its charge from Margaret Spellings, president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina (UNC) System, on January 17th. The Search Committee will conduct a national search and recommend a successor to 11th Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.

In a letter to the NCCU Community, Hamilton wrote, “As a community, we are all still coming to terms with the loss of our late Chancellor, Debra Saunders-White. Chancellor Saunders-White was a tireless advocate for our institution and has left us with a great legacy and a bright future. As we continue to grieve this deep loss, we must also call on our strength and turn to the important task of identifying a new leader for North Carolina Central University.”

The 24-member search committee includes representatives of the NCCU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, administration and students, as well as alumni and community members. The committee includes one non-voting member from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors. (See complete list below)

The NCCU Chancellor Search Committee will hold four public forums to provide an opportunity for individuals to share recommendations about potential candidates, preferred leadership characteristics and other ideas about the naming of a new chancellor.

The forums, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for NCCU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, are noted below.

NCCU Students Forum

10:40 a.m.-11:40 a.m.

H.M. Michaux School of Education Building Auditorium

700 Cecil St., Durham, N.C.


NCCU Faculty Forum

1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Nursing Building Auditorium, Room 1110

1400 South Alston Ave., Durham, N.C.


NCCU Staff Forum

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nursing Building Auditorium, Room 1110

1400 South Alston Ave., Durham, N.C.


NCCU Alumni, Triangle and North Carolina Communities, Business and Industry Forum

6 p.m.-7 p.m.

H.M. Michaux School of Education Building Auditorium

700 Cecil St., Durham, N.C.

The search committee will recommend finalists to the full NCCU Board of Trustees. The board must then recommend a slate of finalists to the UNC System President Margaret Spellings, who will recommend one candidate to the UNC Board of Governors for approval.

Listed is the 24-member Search Committee:

George R. Hamilton is chair of the Chancellor’s Search Committee. An NCCU alumnus, he serves as chair of the NCCU Board of Trustees and has been on the board since 2008.

John Barbee is vice chair of the Chancellor’s Search Committee and serves as vice chair of NCCU Board of Trustees. He was named to the board in 2011 and is an alumnus of NCCU.

Darrell Allison is president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. He is an NCCU alumnus has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2015.

Brett Chambers is a lecturer in the NCCU Department of Mass Communications.

Kimberly Cogdell Grainger, J.D., is a full professor of law in NCCU’s School of Law.  She serves as the NCCU Faculty Senate chair.

Oita Coleman is a member of the NCCU Board of Trustees, where she has served since 2015. She is vice president for the Quality User-Driven Enterprise Software Testing (QUEST) Division of SAS Institute.

Samuel Cooper is president of the NCCU Alumni Association. An alumnus, Cooper is a technical sales representative at Nexeo Solutions, LLC, in Charlotte.

Phyllis Craig-Taylor, J.D., serves as dean of the NCCU School of Law.

Geoff Durham is president and chief executive officer of the Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Harriet Frink Davis, Ph.D., serves as vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement at NCCU.

Michael Goodmon is the vice president for Real Estate at Capitol Broadcasting Co., which operates the American Tobacco campus in Durham.

Donna Grant, Ph.D., is an associate professor and Computer Information Systems Department chair in the NCCU School of Business.

Alesha Holland serves as president of the NCCU Student Government Association and began her term in September 2016. She is a senior mass communications major and public relations minor.

Michael Johnson has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2015. An NCCU alumnus, Johnson is a president and chief executive officer of J&A Group LLC, a management and business consulting company.

Bert L’Homme, Ph.D., is superintendent of Durham County Public Schools.

Joan G. MacNeill is a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. She serves on the Personnel and Tenure Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

The Honorable Elaine M. O’Neal is Durham County Superior Court Judge and an NCCU alumna.

Dwight D. Perry, M.D., a trustee emeritus, served on the NCCU Board of Trustees for eight years.  An NCCU alumnus, he is a surgeon with North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat in Durham.

Frankie Perry is president of the NCCU Foundation Inc.

Demetria Robinson is chair of the NCCU Staff Senate. She is an executive support associate in the NCCU School of Law Library and is an NCCU alumna.

Kenneth Tindall, Ph.D., is senior vice president for science and business development at the N.C. Biotechnology Center. He has been a member of the NCCU Board of Trustees since 2013.

Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Ed.D., serves as athletic director for NCCU.

Carlton E. Wilson, Ph.D., an NCCU alumnus, is dean and associate professor for NCCU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Phail Wynn, Jr., Ph.D., is vice president for Regional Affairs at Duke University.

A university web page has been created to provide the public with updates concerning the process and efforts of the search committee. To view the web page, visit

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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