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Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz Named 12th Chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 December 2019 10:50

CHAPEL HILL, NC – University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper today named Dr. Kevin M. Guskiewicz as the 12th chancellor and 30th chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Guskiewicz, who has served as interim chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill since being appointed on February 6, 2019, will assume this new role effective immediately.

“Kevin Guskiewicz possesses the leadership qualities needed to take Carolina forward: strength, poise, humility, vision, the strong proficiency to listen, and the ability to bring people together,” said Dr. Roper. “Throughout his distinguished career in higher education, Kevin has demonstrated a sustained track record of success. I have the utmost confidence that UNC-Chapel Hill will continue to flourish and prosper under his continued leadership.”

Chancellor Guskiewicz was selected by Dr. Roper for approval by the Board of Governors from among two final candidates for the position. These finalists were chosen by a 20-member search committee, which included students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and the community. Community members were provided opportunities to share input throughout the process.

“Not only is Chancellor Guskiewicz a visionary leader in his field of neuroscience, but he has already proven himself to be a visionary leader in the administration of UNC-Chapel Hill,” said Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey. “Under his leadership as both interim chancellor and dean, he has won praise from his peers as the university has celebrated many successes. Now that he is formally installed, the university will be able to harness this momentum and set a clear course for long-term achievement. His leadership will provide operational stability, while also promoting innovations in teaching and research that have secured UNC-Chapel Hill’s reputation as one of the top public universities in the world.”

Chancellor Guskiewicz succeeds Carol Folt, who served as chancellor from July 1, 2013 until January 31, 2019. As interim chancellor, Guskiewicz held over 25 listening and learning sessions with constituents across campus. He was instrumental in shaping Carolina’s new strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, which outlines a roadmap for the University’s priorities moving forward. He also relaunched the Tar Heel Bus Tour with 90 faculty and campus leaders, demonstrating Carolina’s commitment to the state.

Prior to his appointment as interim chancellor, Guskiewicz served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences – Carolina’s largest academic institution – since January 2016. With more than 16,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students, Guskiewicz made interdisciplinary teaching and research a cornerstone of his tenure. He championed the use of high-structure active learning techniques, making Carolina a national leader in implementing these highly effective educational strategies. He significantly increased study abroad, academic internships and other experiential learning opportunities for Carolina students and oversaw work on a major revamp of the University’s General Education curriculum.

UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chair Richard Stevens, who also chaired the search committee, said Guskiewicz’s track record stood out during the search process.

“The Board of Trustees and I have been honored to work with Dr. Guskiewicz in his interim role and truly believe he is the visionary leader that Carolina needs today,” said Chair Stevens. “Over the past 10 months, Dr. Guskiewicz has guided this University with a stable and sure hand. He is deeply committed to our University and its mission, prioritizing student success, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and addressing the critical needs of North Carolina and the world.”

A Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, Chancellor Guskiewicz has been a member of Carolina’s faculty since 1995. He is co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. The chancellor is a nationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions. He maintains an active research portfolio and is P.I. or co-P.I. on three active research grants totaling over $20 million. His groundbreaking work has garnered numerous awards and has influenced concussion guidelines in the NCAA and the NFL.

In 2011, Chancellor Guskiewicz received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (often called a “genius grant”) for his innovative work on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport-related concussions. In 2013, Time magazine named him a Game Changer, one of 18 “innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America.”

Guskiewicz earned a B.S. in athletic training from West Chester University, M.S. in exercise physiology/athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. Born and raised in Latrobe, Pa., he lives with his wife Amy and children Jacob, Nathan, Adam and Tessa in Chapel Hill.

Before becoming dean, Chancellor Guskiewicz was senior associate dean for the natural sciences and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

  “I am humbled and honored to be named the 12th chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” said Chancellor Guskiewicz. “Carolina has been my home for almost 25 years, and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve every member of our community. My vision for Carolina is that we will move forward into the future with boldness and confidence because our work is vital for the people of our state, the nation and the world. There is no institution in the world that is more capable of changing the future than our nation’s first public university. I am committed to championing our community, fighting for our values and demonstrating that we make a difference in the lives of all North Carolinians.”

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2019 11:29
 
Q2 Solutions Will Invest $73 million For Next Generation Lab In Durham PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:43
Q2 Solutions, a leading clinical trial laboratory services organization, will establish a new facility in Durham to help develop the next generation of precision medicines, creating 749 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Q2 Solutions will invest $73 million in the project, which will grow in two phases over seven years.
 
"Because of our strong biotechnology talent, North Carolina has become a hub for contract research organizations of all sizes,” said Governor Cooper. “In the fight against disease, innovative research companies like Q2 Solutions get the data to make life-changing drugs available to people who need it faster and safer, and we are proud of our state’s role to help them do that work.”
 
Q2 Solutions, a joint venture of IQVIA (formerly Quintiles) and Quest Diagnostics, offers end-to-end laboratory services and secure, enterprise-wide biospecimen and consent management solutions. Q2 Solutions uses its global experience and scientific expertise to transform science and data into actionable medical insights that help its customers improve human health. The expansion of the Q2 Solutions Genomics Center of Excellence in NC enhances their ability to provide innovative genomics testing in North America, as well as further enable harmonized genomic testing in Q2 Solutions clinical trials globally.
 
“We are thrilled to partner with the state of North Carolina on this exciting job creation project. The market for genomic testing in clinical trials has expanded rapidly over the past 5 years and, with the increased information provided to clinical development programs from genomic data, we are expanding our capacity and offerings in North Carolina,” said Brian O’Dwyer, CEO Q2 Solutions. “To complement the expansion in genomics, we are also creating a dedicated Translational Science and Innovation Laboratory which will provide flexible, rapid and tailored assay development and testing laboratories for our customers who are increasingly seeking to utilize novel translational biomarkers across development programs. This new facility will provide a state-of-art solution to the industry with multiple laboratory disciplines under one roof for biomarker development and delivery.”
 
“North Carolina practically invented the clinical trial industry, and Q2 Solutions’ decision today marks a new milestone in the state’s leadership role with this important industry,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland.
 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s support for the company during its site evaluation and decision-making process.
 
Although wages will vary depending on position, the average salary for the new positions will reach as high as $89,379. The Durham County average wage is $68,731.
 
Q Squared Solutions, LLC’s project in North Carolina will be facilitated, in part, by two Job Development Investment Grants (JDIGs) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year terms of both grants, the project will add an estimated more than $1 billion to North Carolina’s economy. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the first JDIG agreement, which supports the first phase of the project, authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $4,293,750, spread over 12 years. The JDIG supporting the second phase of the project is expected to go into effect in 2023 and authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $5,301,000, also paid over 12 years.
 
State payments only occur following performance verification by the departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
 
The JDIG agreements also call for moving nearly $3.2 million into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business.
 
“It’s great to see such momentum in economic development in Durham recently,” said N.C. Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. “With Q2 Solutions’ decision, we applaud yet another forward-leaning company expanding in our region.”
 
“Q2 Solutions is a leader in North Carolina’s biotech ecosystem,” said N.C. Representative Zack Hawkins. “I’m pleased to see the company expand and everyone in Durham County stands ready to help them meet their goals.”
 
Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Durham County, and the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.
 
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:44
 
Hose Manufacturer to Invest $7.9 Million in Pender County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:40

Polyhose Inc., an industrial hose manufacturer, will create 51 jobs in Pender County.

Pender County is ready to grow, and international companies like Polyhose know North Carolina’s strong workforce is the right way to put their strategy to work,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

Headquartered in India, Polyhose manufactures Thermoplastic, Hydraulic, PTFE and industrial hoses and tubings for large equipment companies such as Caterpillar, Boeing, Graco, and Wagner SprayTech. The global industrial conglomerate employs more than 1,800 employees for their operations in Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia and North America. Located in Pender Commerce Park, the new location will be a 40,000 square-foot warehouse for hose assembly and distribution.

“Polyhose is thrilled to be making its first significant USA investment in Pender County, North Carolina,” said Jonathan Pressler, Senior Vice President of Polyhose Inc. “As Polyhose searched for a home in the U.S., the state of North Carolina and Pender County did a great job of working with Polyhose to find a suitable location, while pointing out the many advantages of locating here. Polyhose looks forward to being an involved employer and positive contributor to the Pender County and North Carolina communities.”

“When international manufacturers want to expand, North Carolina is always a top choice,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “Combining the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeastern United States with a prime East Coast location and great transportation infrastructure creates a winning strategy for global companies like Polyhose.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led the state’s support for the company’s decision.

Although wages will vary depending on the position, the average for all new positions could reach up to $38,216. The current average annual wage in Pender County is $32,627.

A performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Polyhose’s operation in Pender County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“This is exciting news for Pender County,” said N.C. Senator Bill Rabon. “Our region is positioned to support Polyhose’s global growth for many years to come.”

“Pender County is a great place for Polyhose,” said N.C. Representative Carson Smith. “These new jobs and $7 million investment are welcome additions to our region.”

In addition to N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Ports Authority, Wilmington Business Development, North Carolina’s Southeast and Pender County.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:41
 
Union County Commissioners Elect New Leadership PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 04 December 2019 12:35

TheUnion County Board of Commissioners elected Jerry Simpson Chair of the Board and Dennis Rape Vice-Chair of the Board.

Simpson has served on the Board since 2010. This is his fifth time being elected as Chairman. Rape was elected to office in 2018. He has served as Vice-Chairman since December of 2018.

“The selection of a Chairman is not an easy decision and I will tell you that you do a lot of soul-searching and a lot of thinking about who you want to serve in a leadership position on the Board of County Commissioners,” Simpson said. “I say that to thank each board member for their support. I'm humbled by that support.”

The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually for a term of one year. The Chairman presides at all Board meetings. The Vice-Chairman acts in the absence of the Chairman.

The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative and governing body of Union County. It consists of five members elected at-large. Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms. More information about the Board of County Commissioners can be found on the Union County website.

 
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