The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is, and has been for decades, a leader in American higher education and is known around the world for innovative teaching, research and public service. UNC -Chapel Hill was the nation’s first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th Century. It is one of the 17 institutions comprising the University of North Carolina system. The system is governed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, elected by the North Carolina General Assembly and led by its President. Carolina enrolls 18,503 undergraduates (63 percent), 8,262 graduate students (28 percent), and 2,513 professional degree students (9 percent). Students at Carolina learn from a full-time 3,300-member faculty. Another 8,300 staff members support the University’s mission. Carolina offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in disciplines critical to North Carolina’s future: business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health, and social work, among others. The health sciences are integrated with the liberal arts, basic sciences, and high-tech programs. Patient outreach programs affiliated with Carolina and the UNC Health Care System serve citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. The University’s academic culture fosters excellence in the liberal arts and the humanities, as well as in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship between and among the health, natural, and social sciences. Carolina’s faculty attracted more than three quarters of a billion dollars in total research grants and contracts in fiscal 2012 for research that is helping to cure diseases and produce new knowledge to help people. Excluding federal stimulus support, research funding totaled 759 million, up from 732 million in the previous year. The steady growth of research funding over the past decade is a tribute to the quality and dedication of the faculty and the University’s multidisciplinary approach to advancing science and knowledge. Carolina’s academic community benefits from a library with over 7 million volumes and 92,000 serial titles that perennially ranks among the best research libraries in North America as judged by the Association of Research Libraries. The University receives great support from its loyal alumni and friends. It received 287 million in gifts from alumni and friends in fiscal 2012. The University has endowed resources of 2.5 billion, managed by UNC Management Company. The public service of Carolina students to North Carolina communities was recognized in 2012 when the University made the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service. More than 17 percent of Carolina’s 2012 graduates were first-generation college students, and 12 percent were eligible for the Carolina Covenant, which provides qualified low-income students a chance to graduate debt-free. The next Chancellor will arrive at a time when the University has emerged on a sound financial footing from the economic downturn. Carolina is attracting students of extraordinary quality. Faculty retention has improved to pre-2008 levels, solidifying considerable efforts to retain the University’s premier faculty. Faculty research funding is at an all-time high. Donors continue to generously support the University at near record levels, and by every traditional metric applied to measure performance, the University is enjoying impressive and unprecedented success. The goal is to find a new Chancellor who can capitalize on the University’s tradition of excellence in all of its activities and secure the resources necessary to keep the University in the top echelon of national and world-wide universities. Carolina is a special university with a remarkably loyal workforce and alumni base. The uncommon love by students, faculty, alumni, and friends for this enduring institution is a unique and abiding attribute.
Credentials should include an earned doctorate or equivalent professional experience or demonstrated leadership or management expertise.
Qualifications and Experience
The candidate must be a leader with unwavering integrity and the courage always to stand for what is right. The candidate must have a deep commitment to the value and importance of a liberal arts education and a vision for a contemporary public research university. Ideally, he or she will have leadership experience in higher education, preferably at a top research university with an academic health center. The candidate should, preferably, have experience with complex organizational management, understand shared governance, and demonstrate sound decision-making and prudent fiscal management. He or she is expected to be an innovative, inclusive and committed leader with a passion for affordable public higher education and an appreciation for the University’s historic role in the life of North Carolina, the nation and the world. Other core attributes include fundraising and communication skills, the desire and ability to achieve consensus while being decisive, an understanding of the role of technology in the changing higher education environment, a commitment to diversity across the university community and an awareness of the appropriate role of athletics in the life of the University. Candidates will be expected to work with a variety of constituencies including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, friends, elected officials, business leaders, and the local community.
While application and nominations will be accepted until a new Chancellor is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by January 15, 2013, to receive optimal consideration.
R. William (Bill) Funk
Consultant to the Chancellor Search Committee
100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200
Dallas, Texas 75205