The UNC system has named a new senior vice president for academic affairs – Junius J. Gonzales, who is the chief academic officer of the University of Texas at El Paso.
Gonzales will start leading the UNC system’s educational and research programs on Jan. 28 at an annual salary of $320,000. He succeeds Warwick Arden, who has served as interim senior vice president since Suzanne Ortega stepped down in July to become president of the national Council of Graduate Schools.
At UTEP, a large minority-serving institution, Gonzales has led efforts to increase degree earners while decreasing the time to graduation. He revised the advising system and developed online and blended-learning initiatives, according to the UNC announcement.
A psychiatrist by training, Gonzales was born to Peruvian immigrants and became the first member of his family to attend college.
He has an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Gonzales has worked at a large research firm, and his higher education experience includes positions at Georgetown University and the University of South Florida.