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North Carolina Central University
Motto Truth and Service
Established 1910
Type Public, HBCU
Chancellor Charlie Nelms
Students 8,500
Location Durham, North Carolina,
United States
Campus Urban
Former names National Religious Training School and Chautauqua
National Training School
Durham State Normal School
North Carolina College for Negroes
North Carolina College at Durham
Colors Maroon and Gray
         
Nickname Eagle
Athletics NCAA Division I
Affiliations MEAC
Website www.nccu.edu
North Carolina Central University
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District
North Carolina Central University is located in North Carolina
Location: Bounded by Lawson St., Alston Ave., Nelson, and Fayette Sts., Durham, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°42′15″N 78°54′25″W / 35.70417°N 78.90694°W / 35.70417; -78.90694Coordinates: 35°42′15″N 78°54′25″W / 35.70417°N 78.90694°W / 35.70417; -78.90694
Built/Founded: 1928
Architect: Atwood & Nash; Public Works Administration
Architectural style(s): Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival
Governing body: State
MPS: Durham MRA
Added to NRHP: March 28, 1986
NRHP Reference#: 86000676

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North Carolina Central University is a comprehensive university offering programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and selected doctoral levels.

Contents

History

Presidents/Chancellors
James E. Shepard President 1909–1947
Alfonso Elder President 1948–1963
Samuel P. Massie President 1963–1966
Albert N. Whiting President
Chancellor
1967–1972
1972–1982
LeRoy T. Walker Chancellor 1983–1986
Tyronza R. Richmond Chancellor 1986–1992
Donna J. Benson Chancellor 1992–1993
Julius L. Chambers Chancellor 1993–2001
James H. Ammons Chancellor 2001–2007
Charlie Nelms Chancellor 2007–pres

North Carolina Central University was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua. It was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened on July 5, 1910. The school was sold and reorganized in 1915, becoming the National Training School, and supported by the wife of Russell Sage of New York. It became a taxpayer-funded institution in 1923, and was renamed Durham State Normal School. In 1925, it was renamed the North Carolina College for Negroes, the nation’s only state-supported liberal arts college for black students.[2] Shepard lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly for support of college; when traveling to lobby the legislature, Shepard traveled by car since the train to Raleigh was divided into segregated sections.[2] Its first four-year college class graduated in 1929.

The college was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in 1957. Graduate courses in the School of Arts and Sciences in 1939, in the School of Law in 1940, and the School of Library Science in 1941. In 1947, the General Assembly changed the name of the institution to North Carolina College at Durham.

On October 6, 1947, Shepard, the founder and president, died, and was succeeded in 1948 by Dr. Alfonso Elder. Elder remained with the institution until he retired September 1, 1963. Dr. Samuel P. Massie was appointed as the third president on August 9, 1963, and resigned on February 1, 1966. On July 1, 1967, Dr. Albert N. Whiting assumed his duties as president until his retirement June 30, 1983.

The 1969 General Assembly established the institution as one of the State’s regional universities, and the name was changed to North Carolina Central University. Since 1972, NCCU has been a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. On July 1, 1972, the state’s four-year colleges and universities were joined to become The Consolidated University of North Carolina, with 16 individual campuses, headed by a single president and governed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Whiting was succeeded by Dr. LeRoy T. Walker as chancellor, followed by Dr. Tyronza R. Richmond, Dr. Donna J. Benson, Julius L. Chambers (who had previously been director-counsel (chief executive) of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund), James H. Ammons, and on August 1, 2007, Charlie Nelms.

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Issues concerning degree accreditation

In 2008, it was disclosed that the university had, since 2004, been operating a small satellite campus at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, whose pastor, Bishop Eddie L. Long, is a member of the University Board of Trustees.[3][4] The accreditor refused to recognize the degrees awarded to the 25 students who attended the program.[5][6]

Academics

Rankings

  • US News and World Reports #10 HBCU
  • US News and World Reports #1 Public HBCU
  • US News and World Reports #1 HBCU in the state of North Carolina
  • US News and World Reports #55 Masters level University

Graduate Studies

North Carolina Central offers 36 masters degrees and 1 professional degree.

  • Biology
    • Biology, Secondary Education
  • Counselor Education
    • Community Agency Counseling
    • Career Counseling
    • School Counseling
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, Secondary Education
  • Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Education
    • Elementary Ed (K-6)
    • Middle Grades (6-8)
    • English Education (9-12)
    • Mathematics Education (9-12)
  • Educational Technology
  • English
  • Earth Sciences
  • History
    • History, Secondary Education
  • Human Sciences
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Human Sciences with Licensure
  • Information Sciences
  • Information Sciences and Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary and Middle Grades)
  • Jazz Studies
  • Joint Juris Doctor/ Master of Library Science JD/MLS
  • Joint Master of Business Administration/ Juris Doctor JD/MBA JDMBA
  • Joint Master of Business Administration/ Master of Information Science MBA/MIS
  • Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Library Science
  • Master of Information Science
  • Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master of School Administration
  • Middle Grades (6-9)
  • Physical Education
    • Physical Education (K-12)
    • Physical Education (with licensure)
    • Physical Education and Recreation
    • Adapted Phys Ed
    • P.E., with Licensure
    • P.E., K-12
  • Physics
  • Psychology
    • Clinical Track
    • General Experimental Track
  • Public Administration
    • Executive Master of Public Admin
    • Recreation Administration
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
    • Visually Handicapped
    • Behavior/Emotionally Handicapped
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Mentally Handicapped
    • Orientation & Mobility

Colleges

Schools

Research Institutes at NCCU

Additional programs

Location

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, N.C.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Sunshine Anderson R&B Singer
Herman Boone Former high school football coach, featured in motion picture Remember the Titans
Ernie Barnes Artist and former professional football player
Larry Black Olympic track & field gold and silver medalist
Dan Blue First African-American Speaker of the House, State of North Carolina
Julia Boseman 1992 Senator, State of North Carolina
Wanda G. Bryant 1982 Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
G.K. Butterfield Congressman and former Associate Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court
Lee Davis 1968 Retired pro basketball player, 1-time ABA all-star [7]
Ivan Dixon 1954 Actor, best known for role as POW Staff Sergeant Ivan Kinchloe in Hogan's Heroes
Walter Douglas 1958 CEO, Avis Ford
Mike Easley 1976 former Governor, State of North Carolina
Rick Elmore 1982 Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Kevin Foy Mayor, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Willie Gary 1974 Attorney, motivational speaker and cable television executive
George Hamilton Sr. President, Dow Automotive
Charles "Tex" Harrison Former Coach and Member of the Harlem Globetrotters
Audwin Helton 1981 President and CEO, Spatial Data Integrations, Inc.
Maynard Jackson 1964 First African-American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
Gene C. Jarmon General Counsel, Texas Department of Insurance
Sam Jones NBA Hall of Famer
Clarence Lightner First African-American mayor of Raleigh, N.C.
Phonte Coleman Member, Little Brother (Hip Hop Group)
Bishop Eddie Long Senior Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Lithonia, Georgia
Jeanne Lucas First African-American elected to the North Carolina Senate
Henry M. “Mickey” Michaux Member, N.C. House of Representatives
LeVelle Moton 1996 Former professional basketball player
Greg Peterson Professional football player
Dr. Leon Rouson 1983 Former National Black Teacher of the Year
Evelyn Smalls 1967 President and CEO, United Bank of Philadelphia
Jason Smoots 2003 Professional track athlete
James Speed 1975 President and CEO, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
André Leon Talley Editor-at-Large,Vogue Magazine
Doug Wilkerson Former professional football player

Student activities

Student organizations

North Carolina Central University has 130 registered student organizations and 12 honor societies.

Athletics

Championships
Basketball (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1946, 1950
NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances 1957, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997
NCAA Division II Regional Champions 1989, 1993
NCAA Division II National Champions 1989
Football
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1953, 1954, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1980, 2005, 2006
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions (MEAC) 1972, 1973
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 1988, 2005, 2006
Track & Field (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1964, 1965, 1971
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions (MEAC) 1972, 1973, 1974
NAIA National Champions 1972
Tennis (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1957, 1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1998
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions (MEAC) 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Volleyball (Women)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 2004, 2005, 2006
Softball
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1998, 1999, 2006
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 2006, 2007
Basketball (Women)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1984, 2007
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 1984, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007
Cross Country (Women)
2005, 2006
NCAA Division II Regional Champions 2006
Cross Country (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 2004
Bowling (Women)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 2001

NCCU sponsors fourteen men’s and women’s sports teams that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a newly readmitted member of the MEAC. Athletic teams include football, softball, baseball, basketball, track and field, tennis, volleyball, bowling, and golf.

Rivals

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