NCCU chancellor takes leave of absence

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — The UNC system has announced that N.C. Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White is taking a medical leave of absence to focus on her cancer treatment.

WTVD-TV in Durham reported at the time that Saunders-White revealed at an event last October that she had kidney cancer.

A statement issued Monday said Saunders-White told UNC President Margaret Spellings she wanted to make sure the institution is moving ahead as the new academic year starts. A former U.S. deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs, Saunders-White has led NCCU since 2013.

Spellings announced that Johnson O. Akinleye, NCCU’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will serve as acting chancellor of the university, effective immediately. Akinleye has served as NCCU’s chief academic officer since January 2014.

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