Education

NCCU chancellor to retire

Posted July 26, 2012

— Charlie Nelms said Thursday that he plans to retire from his role as chancellor of North Carolina Central University.

Nelms, 65, has been on the job since August 2007. His last day is Aug. 6.

"As I complete my five-year commitment to my beloved NCCU and prepare to celebrate my 66th birthday, I have made a decision that will carry me into the next phase of my life," Nelms wrote in a letter to the campus community.

During his tenure, Nelms saw NCCU increase online course offerings, add the university's first Ph.D. program in 50 years and move from Division II to Division I athletics.

University of North Carolina President Tom Ross named Charles Becton as interim chancellor while the N.C. Central Board of Trustees searches for a permanent successor.

Becton is a Durham lawyer, a law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and a former judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

“Chancellor Nelms has made extraordinary contributions to the academic quality and stature of N.C. Central University that will hold it in good stead as we search for his successor," Ross said in a statement. "Judge Charles Becton is known and respected throughout the Durham community and the state of North Carolina for his sound judgment and ability to get things done, so I’m confident that NCCU won’t lose any momentum as the search for a permanent chancellor gets under way."

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  • claudnc Jul 26, 4:42 p.m.

    Sounds like you guys are just saying stuff.. embezzlement? I guess dhilliard is referring to one of the footballs coaching staff and the issues he had with wife... There are no female problems at NCCU. You never heard of him because you probably are not interested in what goes on at NCCU!
    Not sure why someone commented about (the past) Chancellor Ammons because there were really good things that took place at NCCU under his leadership.

  • issymayake Jul 26, 3:33 p.m.

    Good luck in your retirement Charlie Nelms!

  • Obamacare Jul 26, 3:09 p.m.

    Does NCCU have a problem with girls getting out of line? What am I missing here?

  • Obamacare Jul 26, 2:48 p.m.

    Never heard of the guy.

  • hollylama Jul 26, 2:39 p.m.

    Perhaps Ammons will come back after leaving FAMU.