North Carolina A&T University Mourns Death of Former Chancellor, Dr. James Renick
Posted By: Will Moss on January 04, 2021 |
Former N.C. A&T Chancellor James Renick died Sunday at age 72 after battling Lou Gehrig's disease.
His daughter, Karinda Renick, posted about her father's death Sunday night on Facebook.
"Today I had to say goodbye to a great man, my dad," she wrote. "I am completely heartbroken."
Earlier on Facebook Renick had said that her father had been ill since late 2019. He was later diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and had been in rapidly declining health ever since.
ALS is an incurable disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes people to lose control over the muscles they need to speak, eat and breathe.
Renick came to A&T in 1999 after six years as chancellor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The ninth chancellor at A&T, Renick left in 2006 for a job at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
Renick led A&T through a period of growth during his seven years in Greensboro. The student population increased by more than 30 percent during his tenure, and A&T gained doctoral status in 2004 from The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Renick called the designation a “major milestone” in A&T's history.
“I’m going to feel passionately about A&T until I don’t have any more breath,” Renick said in a 2006 interview with the News & Record. “I’ll think about A&T in Washington, in California, in China, in India because it’s a part of us, and it will always be.”
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