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Hartzell Named Executive Director of the Center for International Understanding

December 11, 2011

Hartzell Named Executive Director of the Center for International Understanding

 

CHAPEL HILL – Adam Hartzell, an attorney and former executive director of InterAct in Raleigh, has been named executive director of the University of North Carolina system’s Center for International Understanding (Center). The appointment, effective January 9, 2012, was announced today by UNC President Tom Ross. Hartzell will succeed Millie Ravenel, who retired this summer after 32 years in the post.

As head of the Center, Hartzell will advance a key University goal articulated in the UNC Tomorrow strategic planning process: increase North Carolina’s global readiness.  He will lead a team of professionals charged with helping North Carolina students, teachers, and leaders become more globally engaged.  Hartzell will report to UNC Vice President for International, Community and Economic Engagement Leslie Boney and will work in concert with the University Council on International Programs.

“We take seriously our responsibility to help citizens get ready to work and thrive in the global economy,” said President Ross, “and Adam Hartzell has the passion and creative management experience needed to lead the state forward in this critical area.  His track record of finding new collaborators and employing new strategies to get the job done will help position our University and our state to make the most of global economic and educational opportunities.”

Hartzell grew up in High Point and has traveled extensively internationally. A graduate of American University and the Campbell University School of Law, he currently serves as senior attorney general for consumer affairs at the North Carolina Department of Justice.  From 2003 to 2010, he was executive director of InterAct, a family violence prevention center that delivers services to 40,000 families each year.  Under Hartzell’s leadership, the organization’s revenue doubled, diverse services were brought under one roof, and a successful $5-million capital campaign was executed.  Prior to leading InterAct, Hartzell worked as an attorney, concentrating on family, business, franchise, contract, and employment law.  Among Hartzell’s many honors is a 2008 Triangle Business Journal “40 Under 40” Leadership Award recognizing young professionals who have achieved notable business accomplishments.

 

The Center for International Understanding

The Center for International Understanding is a component of the 17-campus University of North Carolina.  Its mission is to help make North Carolina one of the most globally engaged states in the nation.  Founded in 1979, the Center promotes global competence and awareness among current and future leaders in North Carolina through innovative international and domestic programs.  Under the Center’s leadership, more than 8,000 North Carolinians have gone abroad to 48 different countries to examine international best practices in education, health care, energy and economic development.

The University of North Carolina

The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.