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UNC Board Governors Elect Randy Ramsey To Replace Harry Smith As Chair PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 10:34

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors unanimously selected two new officers during a special meeting of the board. 

The board elected Randy Ramsey to serve as Chairman and Wendy Murphy as Vice Chairman to fill vacancies created when former Chair Harry Smith resigned effective October 1. Both of these appointments will be in effect until June 30, 2020. The board also voted to waive its 30 day waiting period for the election of new officers during the meeting.

Chair Ramsey was first appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly to the board for a four-year term in 2017. He previously served as vice chair of the board, as well as on two committees: the Committee on University Governance and the Committee on Strategic Initiatives. Chair Ramsey is focused on working towards outcomes that reduce student debt, grow four-year graduation rates, and provide higher education access to all citizens of the state. He is also very passionate about helping young people find resources to make their pathways to an education easier.

“It is my great honor and privilege to serve as chairman of the board, and I want to thank my fellow members for entrusting in me with this responsibility,” Chair Ramsey said. “I’d like to thank Governor Smith for his service and the great work that he has accomplished during his time as chair. The initiatives that he has put in place have done a great deal for the State of North Carolina and I look forward to continuing in this effort going forward.”

Vice Chair Murphy was appointed by the General Assembly to serve a four year term on the board in 2017. Mrs. Murphy is the chair of the Committee on Personnel and Tenure and serves on the Historically Minority-Serving Institutions Committee.

“I am extremely proud and grateful to have the chance to serve in this new role,” Vice Chair Murphy said. “I wish to thank the entire board of governors for their support, and I look forward to working to further our great North Carolina public education system in the coming days, weeks and months.”

Secretary Pearl Burris Floyd will continue to serve in that role going forward. Secretary Burris-Floyd was appointed by the General Assembly in 2015 and reappointed in 2019 to serve a four year term. Sec. Burris-Floyd serves on two committees: the University Governance Committee and as secretary on the Historically Minority-Serving Institutions Committee.


Interim ECU Chancellor Dan Gerlach Placed On Administrative Leave PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 September 2019 10:32

University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper issued the following statement regarding East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach:

“In light of reports from this past weekend, ECU Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.”


Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2019 10:33
UNC System Interim President Bill Roper To Serve Through June 2020 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:52

CHAPEL HILL, NC - University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper announced that he will continue to serve in the role of interim president until June 30, 2020.

“After serious contemplation and consultation with others, I believe that setting a clear time frame is the right course of action to give our system the time to plan for a successor,” said Roper. “This additional time in service will allow me to reach the goals and obligations set when I began the role of interim president. This will also give the Presidential Search Committee the time it requires to find a permanent replacement, and I have no plans to seek that position. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve and I thank the UNC Board of Governors and our institutions for their continued support.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:53
Harry Smith To Resign As UNC Board of Governors Chair PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:25

CHAPEL HILL, NC - University of North Carolina System Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith is stepping down from the chair position effective October 1, 2019. Mr. Smith, a two-term member of the Board, will continue to serve as a member of the Board through the remainder of his term, which ends in 2021.

Mr. Smith joined the Board in 2013 and continued to work full time with his company. More recently, he dedicated himself to leading the Board and has done so for more than a year. The growing professional demands of a new business venture require Mr. Smith to step down.

Mr. Smith, a graduate of East Carolina University, is the former chair and CEO of Flanders Corporation, roles he held from 2007-2015. Known for his strong leadership skills, he accepted the call to public service and joined the Board of Governors in July 2013. He went on to chair the Committee on Budget and Finance before being elected unanimously to serve as the Board chair in July 2018.

Under Smith’s capable leadership, the UNC System has seen record enrollment growth and implemented the NC Promise program at Western Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, and UNC Pembroke. Mr. Smith guided the transition and succession of Bill Roper as interim president of the UNC System, and he played a key leadership role in the successful turnaround and renaissance of Elizabeth City State University, including the election of its new chancellor. Mr. Smith also created two new Board of Governors committees dedicated to supporting historically minority-serving institutions, as well as veterans and military-affiliated students.

“We are grateful for Harry’s service, strong leadership, and selfless commitment to both the UNC System and the Board of Governors,” said Bill Roper, UNC System interim president. “I have valued his support, leadership, and friendship throughout this past year, and look forward to his continuing contributions on the Board of Governors.”


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:26

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