North Carolina Central University Trustee Darrell T. Allison has been elected to the University of North Carolina (UNC) System’s Board of Governors effective March 20, 2017.
Allison, an NCCU alumnus who has served on the NCCU Board of Trustees since July 2015, is stepping down in order to accept the UNC appointment.
“It has been a special honor serving on this board for nearly two years with such distinguished leaders of NCCU,” Allison said. “From working with the late Chancellor Debra Saunders-White, Interim Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Chairman George Hamilton and fellow board of trustee members, faculty, staff and students, my respect and reverence for this great institution we call NCCU has grown exponentially.”
“It is with this same level of passion and commitment that I will now fulfill my duties as a UNC Board of Governors member, a role in which I am most humbled to serve. That said, however, let there be no doubt that as I fulfill this appointment, I will be doing so as a very proud and forever devoted NCCU Eagle,” Allison continued.
Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from NCCU and a Juris Doctor degree from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. He is president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a group that advocates for government support of tuition for private schools, charter schools and other alternatives to the public school system.
“I and all members of the board of trustees are deeply grateful for Mr. Allison’s service to North Carolina Central University,” said George R. Hamilton, chairman of the NCCU board. “His knowledge and expertise have been of great benefit to our deliberations, and we wish him well on his new appointment.”
NCCU Interim Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, said Allison’s appointment reflects confidence in the work he has done as a board of trustees member, where he served on the following committees: Endowment Board; Advancement, Athletics and External Affairs; and Academic and Student Affairs. He was also a member of the Chancellor Search Committee.
“NCCU alumni have always been great resources for our institution, and we were honored by having Mr. Allison with us for two years,” Akinleye said. “I have no doubt that he will continue to be an effective and enthusiastic leader as he goes on to serve in a statewide capacity as a member of the UNC Board of Governors.”
Allison was named to fill the seat vacated by former UNC board member John Fennebresque when he resigned in 2015.
A replacement for Allison will be appointed to serve out the remainder of his term.
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