A former UNC-Chapel Hill trustee has landed a top position in the university’s administration.
Felicia Washington, an attorney with K&L Gates in Charlotte, has been appointed the vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement, the division formerly known as human resources, the university announced Tuesday. She starts the job Feb. 1.
Washington replaces former vice chancellor Brenda Malone, who left UNC-CH and became a vice president at Georgetown University.
Washington will lead compliance activities, human resources management, equal opportunity efforts and enforcement of policies against harassment and discrimination. The university’s sexual harassment policy has been under a microscope following a 2013 federal complaint by students, a former student and a former administrator who said the university had violated the federal Title IX law and mishandled sexual assault cases. A task force has been working for months to propose changes to the policy.
Washington, who has an undergraduate degree from UNC-CH and a law degree from the University of Virginia, served for four years on the Board of Trustees, where she chaired the conflicts of interest and legal affairs committees. Her term ended last year.