Dean named provost at UNC
In what was a bit of surprise, the UNC Board of Trustees named James W. Dean, a longtime faculty member and current dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School, provost after a lengthy closed-door session Thursday.
Dean, who was appointed to lead the business school in 2008, will replace Bruce Carney, who is stepping down as the university’s chief academic officer to return to the faculty.
Carney has served as provost since 2009, including one year as interim provost.
Wade Hargrove, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said Dean’s appointment was made in consultation with Chancellor-elect Carol Folt, who will begin work July 1.
“This is a decision by the chancellor,” Hargrove said in an interview. “She has recommended this and she’s been very involved in this process.”
Hargrove said he believes the selection of a veteran administrator from within the university will serve Folt well.
“On the face of it, it seems that it will certainly help an incoming chancellor from the outside,” Hargrove said. “There’s no question that will be, I think, helpful to her.”
As provost, Dean, also a professor of organizational behavior and a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar, will earn $445,000 a year. His appointment is effective July 1.
In a news release, Folt called Dean an “accomplished scholar and outstanding educator” who is widely respected for his “visionary leadership” and “interdisciplinary approaches he takes to ensure excellence in research, education and public service.”
“As the chief academic officer, his deep knowledge of university strengths across schools and commitment to providing an outstanding education for our undergraduate, graduate and professional students will assist me in engaging the entire community in building a bright future,” Folt said.
Before his appointment to dean of the business school, Dean served as the school’s top academic position – senior associate dean for academic affairs – for a year.
He also was associate dean of Executive Development from 2002 to 2007 and associate dean of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program from 1998 to 2002.
Dean earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University.
An interim dean will be announced later, along with plans for a search committee to find Dean’s successor.
Also on Thursday, the Board of Trustees filled another key administrative post, hiring Chris Kielt to serve as vice chancellor and chief information officer.
Kielt will succeed Larry Conrad who left in February to become UC Berkeley’s chief information officer and associate vice chancellor for information technology.
Pending approval authorization from the UNC Board of Governors, Kielt will earn $330,000 a year.
As vice chancellor, Kielt will lead a staff that oversees all administrative and academic computer services and initiatives from telephones to academic support.
Kielt began working at UNC last fall as the associate vice chancellor for administrative systems and business transformation. Before that he was chief information officer at Stony Brook University.
Kielt has more than 25 years of higher education administrative experience, including more than two decades at Yale University, where he worked in a variety of roles including deputy chief information officer overseeing ITS application development, client support, systems infrastructure and information security.
Kielt also worked in the private sector with Kreg Corp. and MediFlex Systems Corp. in Connecticut and Georgia, respectively.
A native of Freeport, N.Y., Kielt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairfield University and earned a master’s degree in English literature from Notre Dame University.