Chancellor's Statement Regarding Phyllis Craig-Taylor
Chancellor Johnson Akinleye’s statement regarding Dean Phyllis Craig-Taylor’s resignation:
Dear NCCU Community:
For 79 years, the North Carolina Central University School of Law has served as a flagship program of our institution. The school has been at the forefront of producing many firsts for North Carolina and our nation. Today, the NCCU School of Law continues to deliver a high-quality legal education and maintains its status as a premier school among its peers.
I want to inform you that Atty. Phyllis Craig-Taylor has decided to resign from her post as Dean beginning June 30, 2018, and I have accepted her resignation. She will not be going far from our Eagle family, as she will return to her love of classroom teaching and begin a tenured faculty appointment. I personally expressed to faculty and staff in the School that we are grateful to Dean Craig-Taylor for the six years she has served our students and the university.
Under her leadership, there have been a number of significant accolades and accomplishments at the School of Law. They include:
- Increased alumni participation, giving and engagement;
- Establishment of the Intellectual Property Law Institute;
- Expansion of the Virtual Justice Program by more than $2.2 million dollars;
- Creation of the Summer Start Initiative for first-year students;
- Launch of two new joint degree programs: Juris Doctor/Master of History and Juris Doctor/Master of Information Sciences
- Institution of a new internship program for students pursuing law careers in the entertainment industry;
- Collaboration with Thurgood Marshall College Fund as part of the Apple Scholars Program;
- Recognition of the NCCU School of Law by U.S. News & World Report for having the third-lowest debt balance carried by graduating students at all law schools in 2015.
During her tenure, Dean Craig-Taylor was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). She was also appointed by North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin to the Chief Justices’ Commission on Professionalism. She was also appointed to the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Commission on Advocacy and Justice.
During this time of transition, I will appoint an interim dean and the university will begin a national search for Dean Craig-Taylor’s successor.
We will continue to keep the NCCU community informed and provide updates regarding the School of Law.