UNCW'S Jenni Harris is Named Founding Chair of UNC Engagement Council

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UNCW's Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships Jenni Harris has been named the Founding Chair of a new system-wide Engagement Council, the University announced today. Comprised of Chancellor-appointed members from each of the 17 UNC-system schools, they met for the first time today in Chapel Hill.

"Being named the founding chair is a great honor and speaks to the success of the community engagement efforts taking place at UNCW," said Harris. "The creation of this council is a true indicator of the work our students, faculty and staff are doing beyond the classroom system-wide, and I am eager to share our story and learn more about the achievements of our partner institutions."

Bringing together senior economic and community engagement leaders, the council will meet biannually and play a lead role in raising the profile of university engagement across the state. The council will seek to help UNC schools work more effectively with their communities and communicate the importance of doing so.

"We're looking to Jenni to take some of the energy and passion she has used to fuel UNCW's community work in southeastern North Carolina and use it to bring together all seventeen of our campuses," said Leslie Boney, Vice President of International, Community and Economic Engagement for the UNC system. "We have had some great success in our individual campus efforts. It's time to take it to the next level. Working together with each other and our community partners we can do even more and better."

As the university's primary liaison for partnerships to the local, regional and global community, Harris has been focusing on strengthening UNCW's position as a national model of community partnership excellence in higher education through the creation of best practices for working with communities and businesses.

Harris also facilitated the creation of Brand Identity Leadership Team in Wilmington. Created in 2013, the BILT is comprised of members from the public and private sector who were brought together to conceptualize and develop a brand promise for the region. The team will meet again this spring to decide on the three concepts to use in their assessment phase.