The top academic official with the University of North Carolina system has been named president of the Council of Graduate Schools, a national group that advocates for graduate education and research.
Suzanne Ortega, senior vice president for academic affairs for the 17-campus UNC system, will start the new job in Washington on July 1.
She succeeds Debra Stewart, who has led organization since 2000. Stewart, a former vice chancellor and graduate school dean at N.C. State University, announced her plans to step down as president of the Council of Graduate Schools last fall.
Ortega, in the UNC role since 2011, oversees academic programs and planning for the system. Previously she held administrative positions at the universities of New Mexico, Washington and Missouri.
The Council of Graduate Schools has more than 500 universities as members in the United States and Canada.