UNC-CH names Carolina North director

Staff WriterJuly 28, 2006 

— Longtime UNC-Chapel Hill professor and former business dean John P. Evans will be executive director of Carolina North, the research campus planned north of the main campus, Chancellor James Moeser announced Thursday.

Evans will begin the job Aug. 1. In the new role, he will take the lead on planning the campus proposed for university-owned land two miles from the central campus.

Evans, a faculty member since 1970, already serves on a Carolina North advisory committee that includes local, state and university representatives. That group is working to hammer out guiding principles for the development.

The university wants to develop a satellite campus because it is running out of room to build on the main campus. Carolina North would be primarily a research park with a mix of academic buildings, residential areas, businesses and public schools.

Evans has been involved for years in discussions about the large tract of land now partly occupied by the Horace Williams airport. He helped lead planning committees under previous chancellors Michael Hooker and William McCoy.

"What we need and what we have in Jack Evans is a quarterback, someone who will be calling the signals, actually planning and coordinating the planning of all of our team -- leading that team to make sure that this project continues to move forward," Moeser said Thursday.

Moeser said Evans knows the people and politics of the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, which will be key when UNC-CH submits its development plan next year.

Evans is a veteran of university administration, having served as dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School from 1978 to 1987, and interim vice chancellor for finance and administration. He is the university's faculty representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

Staff writer Jane Stancill can be reached at 956-2464 or janes@newsobserver.com.

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