University faculty and community leaders offered a welcome to Ammons and his wife, Judy. He arrives at a critical time with plans to improve the university.
"The $118 million that will come to North Carolina Central University will allow us to fund new projects as well as to fund renovations and redevelop this campus," he said.
Ammons met well-wishers Friday morning and then headed to the North Carolina School for Sciences and Mathematics across town for his first official act -- offering Camille Wright a full scholarship. Wright was accepted by Johns Hopkins and Oxford to study math and computer science, but she chose Central.
"Especially since they are going to have a new biomedical research center on campus, that's very beneficial to my major, very beneficial to what I would like to do," she said.
Ammons said attracting superior students to superior programs will place the university at the apex of the UNC system.