Dr. Johnson Akinleye is North Carolina Central University’s 12th chancellor. He previously served at NCCU as Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and a master’s degree in media technology from Alabama A&M University, as well as a doctorate in human communications studies from Howard University.

Outside of his academic career, Dr. Akinleye is a motivational speaker, consultant, writer, editor, and documentarian who has produced works for independent and government agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is active in civic, cultural, and church-related organizations, business advisory groups, and serves on the board Made in Durham and other community organizations.