Saunders-White will assume her new duties as the 11th chancellor of NCCU on June 1.
She was most recently the deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs (HEP) at the U.S. Department of Education.
Before being appointed by the White House in 2011, Saunders-White, 57, was vice chancellor for information technology systems at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
A Hampton, Va., native, Saunders-White earned her bachelor’s degree in history in 1979 from the University of Virginia. She earned a master’s of business administration from The College of William & Mary in 1993 and a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University in 2004. She also has participated in executive leadership programs sponsored by the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Hampton University.