The UNC system has a new president who will serve for the next two months.
Junius Gonzales, who has been UNC’s senior vice president for academic affairs at the 17-campus system, became interim president Monday, succeeding Tom Ross, who stepped down Sunday. Gonzales will serve until March 1, when the next president, Margaret Spellings, starts the job.
Gonzales has been the system’s top academic officer for the past year. Before that, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs the University of Texas at El Paso. He previously held academic and administrative positions at the University of South Florida and Georgetown University.
A psychiatrist by training, Gonzales also held a leadership role at the National Institute of Mental Health. He has an undergraduate degree from Brown University, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
The UNC Board of Governors chose Gonzales as interim president in December.