Statement By Congressman Butterfield on the Passing of NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White

Nov 26, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement on the passing of North Carolina Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.  She was a personal friend and a great inspiration to all who knew her.  Since coming to NCCU in 2013, Chancellor Saunders-White was an effective leader, steering the University toward innovative teaching with a renewed focus on STEM programs.  She always encouraged her students to strive for 'Eagle Excellence.'  Her vision for NCCU and passion for uplifting all HBCUs left a lasting mark on the future of our students.  Chancellor Saunders-White will be sorely missed, but her legacy will not be forgotten."

Congressman Butterfield represents North Carolina's First Congressional District, which is comprised of 24 counties including Durham County.  He graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University.