UNC chancellor search moving to next phase

Feb. 04, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

A search committee working to find the next chancellor for UNC is set to begin the next phase of the process, narrowing the list of candidates.

The committee met Tuesday on campus, mostly behind closed doors. Wade Hargrove, chairman of the UNC Board of Trustees and search committee, said it spent time reviewing the extensive lists of candidates being considered.

“It’s a very impressive pool of extremely qualified candidates,” said Hargrove, who declined to give the exact number of candidates.

Because the committee has pledged to keep the names of candidates confidential, Hargrove wouldn’t discuss them in detail.

He did say the pool was diverse in “every respect” and that the committee “has a “very positive feeling about moving forward.”

“The heavy lifting is just beginning,” Hargrove said.

The university has hired R. William Funk & Associates to recruit candidates. And the committee has asked alums, students, faculty and others in the UNC community to submit names of potential candidates.

Hargrove said UNC is still on schedule to have a new chancellor on board by July 1.

“That’s our goal and I hope we can stay on track,” Hargrove said.

Chancellor Holden Thorp is stepping down June 30 to return to the faculty.

In addition to searching for a new chancellor, UNC is in the hunt for a new provost to replace Bruce Carney, who is also stepping down to return to teaching, and a new vice chancellor for university advancement after last fall’s resignation of Matt Kupec over questionable travel expenses.

“These are senior positions and await the appointment of a new chancellor,” Hargrove said. “It’s a very important time in the life of the university.”