The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance” of the University of North Carolina. Its 32 voting members are elected by the NC General Assembly for four-year terms. Former board chairs may continue to serve for limited periods as non-voting members emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments or that student’s designee is also a non-voting member.
While UNC’s academic quality is only as good as the quality of its individual campuses, the strength of the each campus is dependent, in part, on the strength of the whole. Consequently, the Board of Governors has a dual role—maintaining the overall strength of the UNC system, while also addressing individual campus needs.
The President is UNC’s chief administrative and executive officer, with complete authority to manage the affairs and execute the policies of the University, subject to the direction of the Board of Governors. The work of the President and Board of Governors is supported by a staff within the UNC General Administration. Each of the 17 campuses is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the President’s nomination and is responsible to the President.
Each UNC campus has a local board of trustees that holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its campus on delegation from the Board of Governors.
UNC operates under an arrangement of shared governance that leverages the collective strengths of its campus chancellors and administrators, local boards of trustees, and the UNC President and Board of Governors. The University also honors the important traditional role of the faculty in the governance of the academy.