The Executive Leadership Summit - Speakers

Dr. Debra Saunders-White
Dr. Debra Saunders-White

Dr. Debra Saunders-White

North Carolina Central University

Dr. Debra Saunders-White was selected by the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina to serve as Chancellor of North Carolina Central University in February 2013. She began as the 11th chancellor of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on June 1, 2013.

Dr. Saunders-White started her tenure with the goal of Eagle Excellence or E-Squared. Her priorities for ensuring student success and academic excellence include: retaining and graduating students in four years; raising critical scholarship funds; and providing innovative academic instruction that prepares and trains students to work in the global marketplace. She aims to create techno-scholars, or technology trendsetters and leaders who understand how technology intersects with all disciplines – from STEM to liberal arts, social sciences, business education, law and nursing.

Prior to NCCU, Dr. Saunders-White served as the Acting Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education at the United States Department of Education. She also served as the Deputy Assistant for Higher Education Programs. She spent 15 years at IBM before joining Hampton University in 1999 as Assistant Provost for Technology. In 2005, she was promoted to Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer. Two years later, she joined the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) as Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Systems, serving concurrently as UNCW's Interim Associate Provost in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

Dr. Saunders-White has been the recipient of numerous awards in higher education to include being recognized by leading magazines such as Cyberstar and acclaimed as a top leader among higher education executives by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education.

Dr. Saunders-White earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Virginia, the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) from The College of William and Mary and a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.