UNC President Tom Ross Charges UNCW Chancellor Search Committee

Thursday, October 02, 2014

When UNC President Tom Ross met with the UNCW Chancellor Search Committee on Thursday, Oct. 2, he recommended that the 19 members focus on finding candidates dedicated to enhancing the university’s commitment to teaching, research and service, the University announced today.

UNCW Chancellor Bill Sederburg introduced President Ross, who charged the committee, co-chaired by UNCW Trustees Wendy F. Murphy and Michael B. Shivar, with recruiting, evaluating and recommending three finalists for his consideration. The president will make the final nomination to the UNC Board of Governors. He did not establish a specific timeline for the search, but said he hopes to appoint the university's next chancellor by July 1, 2015.

"I'm not sure that there's anything we do at the university that's more important than selecting our chancellors," President Ross said. "They play a critical role on our campuses... and an important role in our communities.”

The president outlined three key characteristics that he expects to see in each finalist:

• integrity;

• courage; and

• commitment to higher education.

President Ross emphasized the impact that chancellors have on students and the quality of their collegiate experiences. He urged the committee to select finalists with "people skills" who enjoy engaging with students. He also recommended that the committee look for collaborative leaders who are committed to working closely with faculty and staff.

The future chancellor should focus on enhancing the university's relationships with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, surrounding counties and the area's business community, he added.

"You need someone who understands the role that this university plays in this regional economy," President Ross said.

He thanked the committee members for their service on UNCW's behalf and encouraged them to seek input from the campus community about the qualities the university's next chancellor should have. The committee plans to announce public forum dates in the coming weeks.

In addition, members of the campus community are invited to share their thoughts through the Chancellor Search website, a centralized, online location for information about the search. 

In closing, the president said, “I am confident that you will find a leader who will take UNCW to the next level to become an even greater university than it is today.”