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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
Cooper Signs Testing Reduction Act PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 September 2019 08:54
Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law: 
Senate Bill 600: Vets Children / Short-Term Workforce Training
Senate Bill 621: Testing Reduction Act of 2019
Senate Bill 353: Amend Cartway/ Septic Tank Laws
House Bill 449:  Handicapped & Special Registration Plates
Senate Bill 682: Implement Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment
Senate Bill 574: Study Establish Gaming Comm/ Sports Betting
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on Senate Bill 621:
"North Carolina needs to be able to assess how our schools are performing and how well students are learning. A reasonable assessment system that gives teachers and parents accurate information without sacrificing accountability should help children learn without over testing."
New System Of Paid Parental Leave Approved By UNC Governors PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 September 2019 08:52

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted today to approve a new paid parental leave plan for UNC System employees during its regularly scheduled meeting. The plan covers every eligible employee within the UNC System.

The new policy will provide eight weeks of fully paid parental leave to employees who have given birth to a child, and four weeks of paid leave for non-birth parents in circumstances involving the birth of a child, as well as the adoption, foster placement, or other legal placement of a child with an eligible state employee. The UNC System will now seek formal approval from the Office of State Human Resources to implement the program for SHRA employees. within the first few months of the new year in order to give UNC System institutions time to make the necessary accommodations. Once formalized, this plan will cover every benefits-eligible employee within the UNC System.

“This new benefit is something the Board of Governors is excited to offer our employees, and is something we have been working on for some time,” Chairman Harry Smith said. “We want to ensure that North Carolina remains competitive, not only among its fellow agencies, but also with other states, so that we can continue to attract and retain the best and brightest.”

The UNC System Office had been actively supporting a collaborative effort between the UNC System Staff Assembly and the NC State University Council on the Status of Women to develop specifics for this type of program. Earlier this year, the Council had already completed a significant amount of work to benchmark and develop a proposal for a paid leave benefit.

“This plan was something we received a great deal of feedback and assistance on from various internal stakeholders and we are glad to see this finally come to fruition,” said Matthew Brody, UNC System Senior Vice President for Human Resources. “It is our hope that this will help demonstrate the University’s commitment to working parents and represents a valuable addition to the University’s benefits program.”


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