N.C. Central University Chancellor Charlie Nelms is started work yesterday. Nelms was welcomed to campus with a ceremony in which he was handed the keys to his office amidst enthusiastic rounds of applause.
In part of a short speech, Nelms addressed students directly: "I'm here because of you. No matter how many dollars we raise, no matter how many buildings we construct, if the students don't succeed, we fail."
Nelms was most recently a vice president with the Indiana University system.
A longtime administrator who has lead two mid-sized Midwestern universities, Nelms has said he expects a busy first few weeks at the Durham campus. Nelms will need to fill several vacant administrative positions in his first few months on the job.
But first, he said will meet with university administrators, trustees, deans and student leaders, as well representatives of other area colleges and universities. Those meetings will start today.