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    2019 Presidential Search Banner

    The Search for a Leader

    a position profile.


    A Message from the Presidential Search Committee Chairs

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    Defining the essential qualities of the ideal candidate for our leader is our first priority. We are seeking your input in defining those qualities.

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    Throughout this process, you will have opportunities to assist us in our search. Please continue to check this site for those opportunities. Thank you in advance for your help.


    Wendy Murphy
    Randy Ramsey


    What Does the Search Process Look Like?

    Presidential Search 2019: What does the process look like?


    Presidential Search 2019: What can you participate in?

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     And, we need your help at the end of this process to welcome, encourage and support our new Leader.


    Presidential Search 2019: What can you not participate in?

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    Despite not being involved in these parts of the process, the stakeholders helped to define the position profile, and that will ensure that the candidates considered by the Search Committee possess the essential qualities deemed important by all stakeholders. Additionally, stakeholders and interested parties can be the best recruiters of qualified individuals that fit that position profile


    Where Are We in the Process?

    The Search Committee spent several months through summer and fall 2019 gathering feedback from the many stakeholder groups of the UNC System on what qualities are most needed in a leader.

    The position profile has been released, and the Committee is actively recruiting candidates to apply for the position. 



    What does leading the UNC System mean?


    It means the president of the University of North Carolina shall be the chief administrative and executive officer of the University. 

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    It means the president shall personally represent before the state, the region and the nation the ideals and the spirit of the University of North Carolina.

    The President shall carry out the unanimously adopted Strategic Plan.

    The President communicates the work and vision of the entire UNC System to the communities the entire System serves.


    The President is responsible for communicating the policies and needs of the University and working to ensure those needs are met.


    Help us educate the public. Print or email this flyer.



     In order for you to know if you potentially are our leader, it is important for you to understand the mission and history of the UNC System, the accomplishments and challenges of the System, the established roles and expectations for the president, and those qualities that the Search Committee has determined are essential to being the ideal leader of the UNC System.  Find our Position Profile here.

    The Presidential Search Committee is not limiting their search for the ideal leader in any way. The Committee encourages all qualified individuals to apply.


    If you believe you are our ideal leader, please send your CV and cover letter to PresidentialSearch@northcarolina.edu or contact Kim Strach, Executive Director, Presidential Search Committee at 919-961-1801 or kwstrach@northcarolina.edu.  All information submitted is confidential.


    Help us recruit our ideal leader.

    Tell us what you think are the greatest strengths, opportunities and challenges for the UNC System. Tell us here.

    What does the next UNC System President need to know about your institution? Tell us here.


    Tell us here.


    Would you like someone to speak to your group about the process and how you can be involved?

    Provide your information here.



    Meet the Search Committee

    The UNC Board of Governors has named co-chairs and members to serve on both the Presidential Search Committee and the Presidential Assessment and Advisory Committee.


    Presidential Search Committee

    Wendy Murphy, Co-Chair
    Randy Ramsey, Co-Chair
    Darrell Allison
    Kellie Hunt Blue
    David Powers
    Phil Byers
    Carolyn Coward

    Presidential Assessment and Advisory Committee

    Anna Nelson, Co-Chair
    Temple Sloan, Co-Chair
    Pearl Burris-Floyd
    Leo Daughtry
    Tom Fetzer
    Alex Mitchell
    Mike Williford

    Kimberly Strach serves as the director of the Presidential Search Committee and is a non-voting participant.



    Meeting Schedule


    To Be Announced


    Thursday, September 12, 2019, 9:00am, at  Center for School Leadership Development, Board Room, Chapel Hill

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Center for School Leadership Development, Board Room, Chapel Hill

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 128 of the Center for School Leadership Development, Chapel Hill


    Board of Governors Resolution

    On June 21, 2019, the UNC Board of Governors adopted a formal resolution for the Establishment of the Presidential Search Process.



    Press Releases

    UNC System Presidential Search Committee Co-Chairs Appoint Kim Strach as Director

    UNC System Presidential Search Committee Outlines Position Profile




    Send a message to the Search Committee at PresidentialSearch@northcarolina.edu.



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