Saunders-White was a first-rate leader whose many accomplishments have created a brighter future for NCCU.
The Eagles won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football championship in 2016 and played in the second annual Celebration Bowl, which was broadcast by ABC. That appearance on national television provided another boost to the “enhanced recruitment efforts” Saunders-White implemented to help the university.
But NCCU Saunders-White, who started on June 1, 2013, reversed the enrollment drop and brought in a strong class of freshman students. The NCCU freshmen in Fall 2015 had an average GPA of 3.21 and overall enrollment went up to 8,011.
The new freshman class that just began at NCCU in Fall 2016 has an average GPA of 3.22.
Saunders-White’s successful recruitment program also led to a big increase in applications at NCCU. According to the Campus Echo, “Also topping last year’s record is the number of applicants. Last year, there were 13,646 applicants, and this year, that number grew to more than 17,100, a whopping increase of 3,454.”