The UNC system’s presidential search committee interviewed about 10 candidates this week in Cary, UNC Board of Governors Chairman John Fennebresque said Friday.
Speaking to reporters Friday after a regular board meeting at the UNC School of the Arts, Fennebresque gave a short update on the process to find a successor to President Tom Ross, who is stepping down early next year at the board’s request.
The search is being conducted behind closed doors, and Fennebresque did not identify candidates or characterize their experience in any way.
“The quality was superb and the interest was reciprocal,” he said of the candidates. “The search committee feels very good about the progress to date, realizing we haven’t even really started the hard part. So that will take a great deal of time, energy and passion for the search committee and then the entire Board of Governors.”
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He said the list was fluid at this point. “You have people dropping out, you have people coming in, so the list of people changes,” he said Friday. “It changed yesterday.”
Faculty have expressed a desire to meet finalists. Asked where he saw that going, Fennebresque said, “nowhere.”
“It’s our job to find the president,” he said of the search committee.
The process could be concluded in the next month, he added.