CHAPEL HILL – James Moeser, chancellor emeritus and professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become interim chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on August 1.

Moeser led UNC from 2000-2008, and will succeed John Mauceri, who last fall announced that he would step down as UNCSA chancellor on June 30 after seven years in the post.

UNCSA Provost David Nelson will serve as acting chancellor from July 1 until Moeser’s takes office.

During his eight-year tenure at Carolina, Moeser established the Carolina Covenant, a program to provide a debt-free education to talented students from low-income families.

Since leaving the chancellor’s office, Moeser has maintained an active role on Carolina’s campus.  He co-teaches a first-year seminar in the Department of Music and leads a Faculty Learning Community on Leadership and Strategy for faculty members who have significant institutional leadership assignments.

His other accomplishments include the American Council on Education’s Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award, election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Duke University.