CHAPEL HILL — As a new leadership team takes shape at UNC-Chapel Hill, an insider has been named as the second-in-command to incoming Chancellor Carol Folt.
Jim Dean, current dean of the university’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, will be the next executive vice chancellor and provost. He succeeds Bruce Carney, who is returning to the faculty after four years as provost.
As the chief academic officer, Dean will oversee the professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and the overall academic enterprise. With 16 years at the business school as a professor and administrator, Dean has the UNC-CH experience to complement Folt, interim president of Dartmouth College, who has spent her career at the Ivy League school. She’ll become UNC-CH chancellor July 1, succeeding Holden Thorp.
Dean’s appointment was approved Thursday by the Board of Trustees upon a joint recommendation from Thorp and Folt. He’ll also start the job July 1, at an annual salary of $445,000.
Folt was not present for the announcement, but in a news release she said Dean’s deep knowledge of the university “will assist me in engaging the entire community in building a bright future.”
Dean, a professor of organizational behavior, holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Catholic University. The business school will have an interim dean to be named later, and a search will begin for a permanent replacement.
Also on Thursday, the trustees appointed Chris Kielt as vice chancellor and chief information officer. Kielt had been in the job on an interim basis since February. His salary, pending approval by the UNC Board of Governors, will be $330,000.
The appointments are part of a big leadership change as Thorp leaves to become the provost of Washington University in St. Louis.
The 13-member trustee board will have five new members starting this summer.
On May 17, four trustees said goodbye, including Chairman Wade Hargrove, a Raleigh lawyer who has helped guide the university during a turbulent time in the past few years.
Others who have left the board are Vice Chairwoman Barbara Hyde, a foundation president from Memphis, Tenn.; Kel Landis, a Raleigh businessman; and Felicia Washington, a Charlotte lawyer.
New members will be elected in June by the UNC Board of Governors and appointed by the governor. A slate of officers was nominated Thursday and will be voted on by the new board later this summer. If elected, the new officers would be Lowry Caudill, a Durham scientist and entrepreneur, as chairman; Alston Gardner, a Chapel Hill venture capitalist, as vice chairman; and Sallie Shuping-Russell of Durham, managing director of an investment firm, as secretary.
New student trustee
A new student body president was sworn in for trustee service Thursday. Christy Lambden, a Morehead-Cain Scholar from England, said he is committed to affordability, academics and student safety. He has already convened a student committee that has come up with recommendations for changes to the university’s sexual assault and harassment policy.
Lambden presented his ideas this week to a campus task force working on a new policy. The university is one of several in the nation under federal investigation for its handling and reporting of sexual assault cases.
The scrutiny over the university’s response to sexual assault is the latest to preoccupy UNC-CH’s trustees and administration. In the past three years, the university has been engulfed in athletic, fundraising and academic fraud scandals.
Former Gov. Jim Martin and a consulting firm investigated academic fraud in the African and Afro-American Studies department, and found hundreds of grade changes and more than 200 classes where students received little or no instruction. Athletes were over-represented in the classes, but the university said there was no evidence that the problems originated with athletics. The situation was blamed on a former department chairman and a manager who no longer works at the university.
The problems seemed to drag on and finally led Thorp to announce last September that he would step down as chancellor at the end of June.
Praise for Hargrove
On Thursday, Thorp praised Hargrove’s energy, commitment and integrity.
Despite the challenges, Hargrove said the conventional metrics show the university is in “terrific shape.”
“Measures have been put in place to assure that the irregularities and indiscretions that have occurred in the past will not occur in the future,” he said. “This administration, chancellor and the board have been committed to work cooperatively to assure that that is achieved.”