NCCU Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is saddened by the loss of the 11th Chancellor, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, who passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26 after a brave fight with cancer. Saunders-White served as NCCU’s chief administrator, a position she held since June 1, 2013. In her honor, a ‘Celebration of Life Tribute’ will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in NCCU’s McDougald-McLendon Arena. Saunders-White’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (414 Buckroe Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23664) in Virginia. Broadcast information is listed below.

“Her loss is nearly immeasurable to our community, but her influence on higher education and her genuine love and dedication for NCCU, most especially the students, are clearly evident by her impact in Durham, across North Carolina and throughout our nation,” said Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, acting chancellor, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs in a statement to the NCCU community. “Chancellor Saunders-White was a powerhouse of energy and wit; she spent her life passionately executing on her visionary and transformative strategy of using education to create opportunity.”

Saunders-White was appointed as the university’s first permanent female chancellor on February 8, 2013, after a successful career with the U.S. Department of Education. She joined the U.S. Department of Education as the deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs prior to her appointment as acting assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education. She also served as vice chancellor for information technology systems at University of North Carolina Wilmington and vice president for technology and chief information officer at Hampton University. Prior to entering higher education administration, Saunders-White spent 15 years in the corporate sector at IBM.

Celebration of Life Tribute for Dr. Debra Saunders-White, 11th Chancellor

 Friends, family, colleagues, and supporters gather to pay tribute and respect to the memory of North Carolina Central University’s Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White who led and served as the chancellor of North Carolina Central University since June 1, 2013 before succumbing to cancer on November 26, 2016.

Air Date & Time

2 pm – 4 pm, Friday, December 2, 2016 on the North Carolina Channel

Information about the North Carolina Channel:

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The North Carolina Channel can be viewed over-the-air on the following TV channels:

  • Asheville 33.4/25.4
  • Canton/Waynesville 27.4
  • Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham 4.4/25.4
  • Charlotte/Concord 58.4/44.4
  • Edenton/Columbia 2.4/20.4
  • Greenville 25.4/23.4
  • Jacksonville 19.4
  • Linville 17.4
  • Lumberton 31.4
  • Roanoke Rapids 36.4
  • Wilmington 39.4/29.4
  • Winston-Salem 26.4/32.4

The North Carolina Channel is also on Time Warner Cable channel 1276. With other providers, channel numbers vary by location. Please call providers for details. 

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