Durham, N.C. — The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Friday named a U.S. Department of Education official as chancellor of North Carolina Central University.
Debra Saunders-White, 57, will begin work at N.C. Central on June 1. She will be the school's 11th chancellor and its first female leader.
"This Eagle pride that we have will continue to set the standard," she told students and faculty during an afternoon reception on campus. "My hope is that we will move very quickly to the international distinction."
Saunders-White has served as deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs in the Education Department since May 2011. Previously, she was a vice chancellor and interim provost at UNC-Wilmington and chairwoman of the UNC system's Chief Information Officer Council, and she also worked for IBM for 15 years ...