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Last modified: Friday, June 8, 2007

Nelms selected as chancellor at North Carolina Central University

June 8, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Charlie Nelms, Indiana University's vice president for institutional development and student affairs, will leave IU to become chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. His appointment begins Aug. 1. The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors approved his appointment today (June 8).

Nelms replaces James Ammons, who will leave NCCU this month to become president of Florida A&M University. More than 8,200 students attend North Carolina Central University, which is one of the fastest-growing campuses in the 16-campus University of North Carolina system.

While at IU, Nelms has led several major initiatives, both at the IU Bloomington campus and systemwide, involving university planning, institutional research and effectiveness, enrollment management, student affairs, academic support services, K-12 outreach initiatives, student retention, honors programs and diversity and equity efforts.

Nelms, who earned two advanced degrees from IU, previously served as chancellor of IU East, from 1987 to 1994, and the University of Michigan at Flint, from 1994 to 1998. He left the University of Michigan at Flint in 1998 to return to IU. He was associate dean for academic affairs at IU Northwest from 1978 to 1984.

He has held faculty and administrative positions at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and at Earlham College and Sinclair Community College.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1968. From IU, he received a Masters of Science degree in college student personnel and higher education administration in 1971 and a doctorate in higher education administration in 1977.

Active in professional, civic, and higher-education organizations, Nelms serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Survey of Student Engagement, based at IU, and has chaired the American Council on Education's Commission for Leadership Development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana African American History Museum. He also is a former American Council on Education Fellow and Ford Fellow.