North Carolina Central University’s search for a new chancellor has drawn applications from 65 people, and the committee conducting the search is proceeding briskly with its assignment of identifying the three best candidates to submit to UNC President Tom Ross early next year.
Harold T. Epps (pictured left), the NCCU trustee who chairs the search committee, described the pool of applicants as having “a rich ethnic, gender and regional diversity,” with strong candidates “from within and outside higher education.”
From the initial 65 applicants, a subcommittee has selected 15 candidates for further consideration. Those names were presented to the full committee at its meeting today (Nov. 28) on the NCCU campus.
In accordance with the UNC system’s process for selecting new chancellors, the search committee will submit its top choices first to the NCCU Board of Trustees. The board will then forward three nominees to Ross, president of the statewide university system. Ross then would choose one to be formally elected by the system’s Board of Governors.
Epps said the search committee’s next task is to identify about seven candidates from the pool of 15 to be brought in for interviews in mid-December. Some of those will then be invited back for a second round of interviews.
“Our plan is to deliver to President Ross three candidates in January,” Epps said. “We expect him to make a recommendation to the Board of Governors in February. The goal is to have a chancellor identified by March or April and on board no later than July 1.”
“I’m very encouraged by the strength of the candidates,” Epps said. “We look forward to the challenge of refining the pool to the mandated three most qualified candidates.”