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Award Profile: Onegaa J. McGhee

Onegaa J. McGhee

2019 McClinton Outstanding Faculty Staff Award

O.J. was born and raised in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Following graduation from high school, he enrolled at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa, before transferring to Clark Atlanta University. As a student-athlete, he would also become very active with the campus cable television station. During this time, he’d take advantage of internships at WAGA-TV Sports and the DC Office of Cable Television.

Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, he returned to DC and worked for the Black College Satellite Network to produce and direct a variety of broadcasts around the country. O.J. would soon enroll at Ohio University to pursue a graduate degree in telecommunication management. Following graduation, he worked at Black Entertainment Television and later taught at Morgan State University.

O.J. moved to the sunshine state as director of communications at Florida A&M University’s College of Agriculture. After moving to North Carolina in 2001, he joined Carolina’s staff as an instructional media services manager. He has also served as the women’s basketball PA announcer, head coach of the club football team and chair of the Carolina Black Caucus. He and his wife have one daughter and currently serves as information technology manager for the UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

Official citation will be posted after the awards gala.