DURHAM – A former chancellor of North Carolina Central University passed away Monday.
Dr. Leroy Walker was chancellor from 1983 to 1986. He coached football and basketball at the school at one time. In addition, Walker started a track and field program.
He was the first African-American coach of the U.S. Olympic track and field team and the first African-American president of the U.S. Olympic committee. Walker was also the United States’ head track and field coach at the 1976 Olympic games and was a key administrator in the early years of the U.S. Peace Corps.
According to NCCU, he was a member of 17 Halls of Fame, including NCCU’s Alex Rivera Hall of Fame and the LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex on the campus of NCCU is named in his honor.
“Chancellor Emeritus Walker was an accomplished figure in athletics and a treasured leader who will be greatly missed,” Charlie Nelms, chancellor of NCCU, said in a statement on the university's website Monday. “He leaves a rich legacy that will continue to live on at NCCU. Our entire university community will keep his daughter, Dr. Carolyn Walker Hopp, and son, LeRoy T. Walker Jr., along with the rest of family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Walker was 93.