- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Officials at N.C. Central University have scheduled a celebration of life for the late chancellor Debra Saunders-White.

Saunders-White died last Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 59. The services are scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at McDougald-McLendon Arena.

A funeral for Saunders-White is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hampton, Virginia.

Saunders-White became chancellor at the historically black college in 2013 and is credited with improving the classroom and campus experience through the “Eagle Excellence” campaign. She previously worked at the U.S. Department of Education and other schools, including Hampton University in Virginia.

She took a medical leave in August, months after she was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

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