CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Board of Trustees approved the joint recommendation of Chancellor Holden Thorp and Chancellor-elect Carol Folt to select James “Jim” W. Dean, Jr. as UNC’s next Provost, effective July 1.
Dean is the dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School as well as a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Organizational Behavior.
In an email to his colleagues, he announced that a formal announcement would be made later in the day and that he was honored to take the role.
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp made the announcement official through an email to the campus community just before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. In his message he stated, “Jim has performed with distinction since joining the faculty in 1997.”
He also included a quote from Dr. Folt that stated, “Jim is an accomplished scholar and outstanding educator. He is respected widely for his visionary leadership of Kenan-FlaglerBusinessSchool and for the innovative and interdisciplinary approaches he takes to ensure excellence in research, education and public service.
***Read the Official Announcement from UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp***
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
Chancellor-Elect Carol Folt and I have exciting news to share about the University’s leadership transition. James (Jim) W. Dean, Jr., dean of Kenan-Flagler Business School and a longtime faculty member, will serve as the next executive vice chancellor and provost starting July 1. The University’s Board of Trustees approved our joint recommendation earlier today.
The excellent work of the campus search committee led by Kristen Swanson, dean of the School of Nursing and Alumni Distinguished Professor, was a critical factor in bringing the selection process to a successful conclusion on schedule. The committee conducted a thorough national search that attracted a strong candidate pool.
Jim will succeed Bruce Carney, who has been provost since 2009 and is preparing for a well-deserved return to the faculty and his research.
The executive vice chancellor and provost is the University’s chief academic officer and oversees the professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Library, and a number of other academic-related units.
Chancellor-Elect Folt asked me to share this statement about Jim’s
“Jim is an accomplished scholar and outstanding educator. He is respected widely for his visionary leadership of Kenan-Flagler Business School and for the innovative and interdisciplinary approaches he takes to ensure excellence in research, education and public service. As the chief academic officer, his deep knowledge of the University’s strengths across schools and commitment to providing an outstanding education for our undergraduate, graduate and professional students will assist me in engaging the entire community in building a bright future.”
Jim has performed with distinction since joining the faculty in 1997. He was appointed dean in 2008, and he has successfully positioned Kenan-Flagler as a leading global business school that is a valued member of our campus community and a major contributor to the welfare of North Carolina, the nation and the world. He previously served in Kenan-Flagler’s top academic position, senior associate dean for academic affairs, for a year. He was associate dean of Executive Development from 2002 to 2007 and associate dean of the MBA Program from
1998 to 2002.
Jim is a professor of organizational behavior and a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar. His other experience included serving as program director of the National Science Foundation research program, Transformations to Quality Organizations, jointly sponsored by the government and the private sector. He was an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for six years. Leadership, organizational change, strategic decision making, international management, and organizational performance improvement are the focus of his research, teaching and consulting. He has published in many of the top academic and business journals. Jim lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Janet Babilon Dean.
An interim dean will be announced in the near future, along with plans for a search committee to identify Jim’s successor. We are working together toward a seamless leadership transition in South Building and the start of the Folt administration in July.
Please join me in congratulating Jim on his appointment.
***Read the Letter from Jim Dean to Kenan-Flagler Faculty and Staff***
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I want you to be among the first to know that I was nominated for the role of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UNC. Today the Board of Trustees approved a joint recommendation by Chancellor Holden Thorp and Chancellor-Elect Carol Folt to appoint me to that position, effective July 1.
I am honored to take on this important leadership role at UNC, and I am excited about the contributions that I believe I can make to our great university. A public announcement will be made later today, but I want to share the news with you now.
Collaborating with you has been a true privilege, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together. I especially want to thank you for your partnership in helping me achieve my vision for UNC Kenan-Flagler as a top global business school whose graduates are known for their effective and principled leadership as well as their technical and managerial skills and that produces research with impact, serves as a valued member of the UNC community, and contributes to the welfare of North Carolina and the world beyond its borders.
After 16 years at UNC Kenan-Flagler, I remain deeply committed to and passionate about our School. This new opportunity is bittersweet in that my new role will mean that I will work with you less directly and less frequently in the future. Please know that my commitment to you and UNC Kenan-Flagler remains unchanged. As provost, I will remain involved with UNC Kenan-Flagler – including the selection of our next dean.
In terms of a transition, we will move quickly to:
Name an interim dean
Form a search committee to identify our next dean
Develop a transition plan for both the interim dean and our new dean
I will share more information in the days to come. For now, I want to thank you for your continued dedication to our students, our programs and our School. It has been a joy to work with you.
James W. Dean, Jr.
Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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“I couldn’t be more excited,” Faculty Council chair Jan Boxill said.
“I think everyone in the community’s been on pins and needles now for the last six or seven months,” Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said.
“I am exceptionally proud of the person that we found,” General Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Eric Montross said.
“I’m just incredibly excited to be working with Carol,” Student Body President Christy Lambden said.
“I’m really happy for Carolina and I’m happy for Carol Folt,” UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said.
Those members of the Carolina Community joined with numerous people who told Chapel Hill-Carrboro through WCHL on Friday just how excited they were to have Dr. Folt joining the Carolina Family. Hundreds of people were seen with smiles on their faces at the events on campus that ushered in the new chancellor.
The last of those voices was that of current UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp who remains in office until July 1 when he takes his new position as provost at the University of Washington in St. Louis.
Chancellor Thorp said he’s also very happy for himself in the culmination of this process as it shows how his hard work throughout the five years in office has paid off.
“I feel that if we were doing a good job boosting the faculty productivity, the student demand, and the sense of community at Carolina, then whenever I left—it turned out to be this year—great people would want to come do it,” Chancellor Thorp said. “And for someone like her to be attracted to come to Chapel Hill and do this job makes me feel absolutely great, and it should make everybody who loves this university feel great.”
He said the result of the search process finding as many strong candidates as it did is evidence enough to support that. However, he said the choice of President Tom Ross capped that result.
As Chancellor Thorp mentioned, the relationship between faculty and administration has been a major focus and is key for any university’s success. The chair of the Faculty Council at UNC, Jan Boxill was grinning ear-to-ear Friday when she said just how excited she was to be working with Chancellor-elect Folt.
“I think for faculty, it’s the best choice we possibly could have had,” Boxill said. “I think Carol’s got so much dynamite. When she interviewed, you could just feel the connection, and I think with all of us on the committee. She asked really interesting questions and got the answers that she didn’t expect, and she didn’t know what to expect.”
UNC is a public institution with more than 29,000 students; Dartmouth is a private college with just more than 6,000.
While some may wonder if the jump in size would have any effect on her ability to serve, Chancellor Thorp said Chancellor-elect Folt’s resume speaks for itself.
“I think that Carol Folt, with her record of scholarship and coming from a great place like Dartmouth College where she’s been a long-time administrator and even had nine months as president, I think she is the most qualified chancellor that we could possibly imagine,” Chancellor Thorp said.
Dr. Folt has been at Dartmouth for 30 years and began her career there as a professor. Over the years, she worked through the hierarchy of administrative roles, a quality Boxill said was a major selling point to the search committee, on which she served.
“She had been every administrative position as well as faculty position, so the credentials were just perfect for us, I think,” Boxill said.
Associate Professor of Sociology Denise Anthony served as chair of the Faculty Planning Committee that helped to draft Dartmouth’s latest strategic plan. As a colleague of Chancellor-elect Folt, she said even in just nine months at the helm, she has served a major role in planning for the future of Dartmouth and, in a way, like few others have done it.
“Carol really wanted to do something different here to have the community develop the plan,” Anthony said. “She was instrumental in creating a variety of committees who then worked with people from all across campus—having conversations, working groups—to develop the plan through this sort of wide-spread engagement of the community.”
Friday’s announcement also sets in motion another very important process: the search for UNC’s Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
Last summer, Bruce Carney announced that he would be stepping down from the position to go back to the classroom. A search committee was then formed and the beginning stages of the process were set in motion—like posting the job description and creating a website at which people can submit for it. A 21-member panel was created—just as one was for the chancellor search. However, when Chancellor Thorp announced he would not be returning, that process was put on hold because the University’s second-in-command ultimately has to be able to work with its new leader.
UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said Friday’s events were just the start of a roughly 18-month window of major administrative projects for the University.
“You’re going to see a lot of the University initiatives become more public,” Cunningham said.” A lot of the strategic planning, thinking, and a capital campaign that we’re thinking about launching here shortly—to really talk about the future of North Carolina, where do we fit in higher education throughout the country, where are out priorities going to be within the institution, and then her entire leadership team with have to pull together to garner the resources to achieve the results of the plan that we’re going to lay out.”
While “Big Time College Athletics” is a major point of focus in the nation’s top universities, and with the recent NCAA investigation into the University’s football program, how Chancellor-elect Folt handles athletics along with overseeing the academics and other areas of UNC will be something the public likely keeps its eyes on. Cunningham said he’s confident she’ll be able to hit the ground running on day one.
“Carol’s a great leader, and she will fit into the ACC governance structure exceptionally well,” Cunningham said. “I’m looking forward to her leadership campus-wide and assisting her as best we can from an athletics standpoint. The ACC’s an incredibly strong conference; it has great rivalries, great tradition, and we’re doing everything we can to make it better.”
Another member of UNC’s administration that’s just getting started is Student Body President Christy Lambden. He took office on April 2.
President Lambden said few people get to be in office at the start of an administration like he will.
“It’s absolutely a challenge for the student body and for the whole University to be taking on, but I think more than anything it’s just incredibly exciting,” President Lambden said. “I think that as student body president, you get the opportunity to sit down and think for and plan for more than a year in advance, and I think with a brand new chancellor who’ll be planning out her vision for the University, I think I’ll have that unique opportunity. So, I’m very excited.”
You can hear all of these reactions and much more including full interviews from Friday’s announcement by visiting our website, Chapelboro.com.
Chancellor Thorp said there’s still a lot to accomplish in his time remaining at UNC. Chancellor-elect Folt has returned to Dartmouth College to finish out her duties as interim president. She will take office at UNC on July 1.http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/carolina-community-hopeful-for-the-future-led-by-carol-folt/
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 was that of the director for the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes. After a national search, he says Florida Atlantic University’s Michelle Brown was by far the best fit.
“We had three excellent candidates show up for interviews,” Carney says. “She won the competition. She’s going to be an outstanding director.”
Brown will report to Carney’s successor when she takes the position May 6. Previously that role was a part of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The search for UNC’s next provost is underway just as the search is for its next chancellor. Dean of the School of Nursing and Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC, Dr. Kristen Swanson is chairing the search committee for the provost position. She and 20 other members began the search in February.
Just as the Chancellor Search Committee submits a list of finalists to System President Tom Ross, the Provost Search Committee will submit finalists to the new chancellor. The appointment of the new provost is expected to occur some time this spring.
To see the provost search announcement, click here.
To see the provost search committee leadership statement, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/unc-provost-still-to-step-down-this-summer-amidst-admin-restructuring/