University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Search

Search committee formed

University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans on Feb. 12 announced the formation of the 13-member committee that will search for the next chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Cristy Page, executive dean of the UNC School of Medicine and chief academic officer of UNC Health, will chair the search advisory committee. She is also a tenured professor in the department of family medicine.

“A dean, faculty member and three-time Tar Heel graduate, Dr. Page brings a unique perspective to her leadership of this distinguished group,” Hans said. “I’m confident our nation’s first public university will draw a field of excellent candidates. As a proud alumnus, I am eager to get to work with a committee that represents Carolina’s vibrant and diverse campus community.”

“I am honored to lead this talented group of individuals who all have a deep love and respect for Carolina,” Page said. “Every day, I see the life-changing impact of this great university, from the education in our classrooms to the health care we provide to North Carolinians. This is an important role for the state, and we’re excited to find a leader who values our service to North Carolina.”

The search follows the departure of Kevin Guskiewicz, who will become president of Michigan State University next month after five years leading UNC-Chapel Hill. Lee Roberts began serving as interim chancellor in January.

Under UNC System policy, the search advisory committee is composed of up to 13 voting members, including representatives of the trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The policy also calls for a current or former chancellor of a UNC System institution to serve, as well as members of the Board of Governors and the president or his designee.

Anita Brown-Graham, the Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government and associate dean for Strategic Initiatives at the UNC School of Government, will serve as a special advisor to the committee. In her role as lead coordinator for the Carolina Across 100 initiative, Brown-Graham has worked with faculty, staff and students across campus to support community projects across the state. She will provide strategic guidance to the president and the committee chair throughout the search process and serve as the committee’s primary liaison to campus stakeholders.

The committee will offer a number of opportunities for public input, including an online survey, on-campus listening forums, and focus group interviews with key campus constituents. Representatives of faculty, staff, students, alumni and other campus stakeholders will be able to engage directly with candidate finalists.