North Carolina Central University has by all accounts secured a blue-chip educator with broad experience to be its 11th chancellor.
Debra Saunders-White – who also will be the first permanent female chancellor for NCCU – has worked in the private sector, taught high school students, served in university administration positions and for the past two years has been deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs in the U. S. Department of Education.
Her boss there, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, praised her service and her background.
“As a first-generation college graduate herself, Deb truly understands both the opportunity that higher education provides and the challenges that so many of our nation’s young people face in accessing and affording college,” Duncan said in an NCCU news release.
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