Ontario S. Wooden serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Academic Outreach the Division of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). His responsibilities include the University Honors Program, the Office of Community Engagement and Service, the Center for Science, Math & Technology Education, and the Office of International Affairs. Dr. Wooden also provides leadership for student grievances and appeals, parent relations, Memoranda of Understanding, University Conference, and other academic success initiatives.
Prior to this role, he served as Dean of University College at NCCU, where he was responsible for the retention and progression of 3000 first-year, second year, and transfer students. He ensured that students were provided a quality, comprehensive experience that promoted student learning and academic success.
“What I love is helping people. I got a phone call last night from a student that I met 16 years ago who is now married, has a daughter, and is working on a doctorate. He just wanted to have a conversation and catch up because of the support that I provided him as an undergraduate student. “
“I had that initial desire to become an elementary school teacher and a part of that was born out of my grandmother’s idea of wanting to be a teacher and never being able to realize that dream. In my mind, I somehow wanted to realize that dream for her, but at the same time I’ve always had a passion for helping people because to me the best way to help people, build them up and support them is to educate them.”