Michelle Brown

UNC Provost Still To Step Down This Summer Amidst Admin Restructuring

CHAPEL HILL – It was rumored that UNC Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney might delay his stepping down due to the impending administrative changeover, but he says the plan to go back to teaching as of this summer is still in the works. Carney has served as the University’s second in command since July 1, 2009. From that date until March 26, 2010 he held the position on an interim role until taking it on as a permanent role. During his time in that position, the University has been at the center of investigations including the academic scandal of the African and Afro-American Studies Department, an NCAA investigation that resulted in the firing of UNC’s head football coach and multiple athletic department resignations, and eventually the resignation of Chancellor Holden Thorp. Carney says he’s confident that the University is at a place now where it can start to move on. “Once we have the new chancellor in place…I don’t think they’ll completely go silent, but I think we can move past them and move on,” Carney says. While scandal has been at the center of attention, that’s not all that University officials have to keep track of. The provost is also the chair of the budget committee and is responsible for leading the academic mission and overseeing academic administration. One hire that Carney recently played a major role in...

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North Carolina Finds New Director Of Academic Support For Student Athletes

CHAPEL HILL – North Carolina’s Academic Support Program for Student Athletes has a new leader, the University announced Monday. Michelle Brown will take over as director of the program on May 6, a position that’s been held in an interim role by Harold Woodard. Brown will oversee more than ten staff members, including reading and writing specialists, learning specialists, and counselors. The position was formerly held by Robert Mercer for almost a decade until investigation into the University prompted a restructuring in the department. Woodard told the News and Observer that Mercer had not done anything wrong, but that a national search for a new leader was necessary. Mercer took a position outside academic support for athletes in August. Brown currently holds the same position at Florida Atlantic University. At UNC, she will be in charge of 800 student athletes with an annual budget of $1.3 million. She will report directly to the provost, the University’s chief academic officer, unlike in the past when Academic Support was a part of the College of Arts and...

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