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NCCU Prepares For The Installation Of Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye


Durham, NC North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will install Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D., as its 12th chancellor at 10 am on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in McDougald-McLendon Arena on campus.

Akinleye will deliver an Installation address, and a Chancellor’s Reception will take place in the Hoey Administration Circle immediately following.

Prior to his appointment, Akinleye served as interim chancellor since January 2017. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed him on a permanent basis position on June 26, 2017.

Akinleye was named acting chancellor from August 2016 to January 2017. Previously, he served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs for the university, where his responsibilities included faculty development, academic planning and assessment, enrollment management, and academic oversight of NCCU’s seven schools and colleges.

Additionally, 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. Furthermore, he created K-12 initiatives and implemented a security strategy to increase safety for campus constituents.

Akinleye has also served as associate vice chancellor for academic programs at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to that, he held multiple leadership posts at Edward Waters College and Bethune-Cookman University. He began his academic career as a faculty member at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Akinleye received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications as well as a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. He also earned his Ph.D. in human communications studies from Howard University.

The university has planned four days of events, from April 7 to April 19, to celebrate the Installation of NCCU’s twelfth chancellor. The following activities are open to the public:

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Worship Service – Uplifting the Promise

Time: 4 pm

Location: B.N. Duke Auditorium, 1851 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC

Cost: Free


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A TED Talk featuring Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye

Time: 8:30 am

Location: H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building Auditorium, 700 Cecil St., Durham, NC

Cost: Free


International Symposium – A New Era

Time: 8:30 am

Location: H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building Auditorium, 700 Cecil St., Durham, NC

Cost: Free


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Installation Ceremony – Fulfilling the Dream

Time: 10 am

Location: McDougald-McLendon Arena, 700 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC

Cost: Free

Reception to immediately follow in the Hoey Administration Circle, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC


The Eagle Promise Installation Scholarship Gala – Sustaining the Vision*

Time: 6 pm

Location: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC

*This event is sold out.

For more information on the chancellor’s Installation, please visit

North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. Founded in 1910, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. NCCU is a constituent institution of the University North Carolina System. 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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