Chief Academic Officer & Staff
Kimberly van Noort, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer | 919-962-4614
The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVP/AA) and Chief Academic Officer advises the UNC System President and the Board of Governors on academic affairs and leads in the development and implementation of the academic mission of the University, which is to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society. The division focuses on ensuring that teaching and instruction, research and scholarship, and service and engagement are of the highest quality by catalyzing innovation, optimizing effectiveness, and harnessing partnerships to promote lifelong student achievement. Academic Affairs enables and inspires excellence in academic initiatives respectful of the distinctive character and mission of each UNC System institution.
Academic Affairs is comprised of five departments: Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research; Student Affairs; Digital Learning; Data and Analytics; and Academic and Regulatory Affairs. The SVP/AA is responsible for oversight of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis and the Executive Director and General Manager of UNCTV – Public Media North Carolina. The Spangler Family Director of UNC Press reports to the SVP/AA as well.
Rondall Rice, Ph.D.
Executive Director for Operations and Administration | 919-843-4962
Cory Brouwer, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Research, NC Research Campus | 704-687-8357
Eric Fotheringham, Ph.D.
Program Analysis Director | 919-843-6967
Director of Environmental Health and Safety, NC Research Campus | 704-250-5056
Executive Assistant to the SVP/AA | 919-843-4614
Academic Affairs Event Planner | 919-843-4612
Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research
David J. English, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty & Research | 919-962-2620
This VP works with the constituent institutions to shape the future direction of academic programs across the System and to provide leadership for special projects, especially those focused on strategic directions for instruction, that represent innovative collaborations among institutions and with other constituencies. He is responsible for University-wide academic planning, the assessment of program and institutional performance and development, and the implementation of competency-based approaches to curriculum development and assessment of student learning. Dr. English oversees the individuals/offices below, responsible for a variety of academic and faculty affairs and research programs.
Rollinda Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Programs | 919-843-4538
Michelle Solér, Ph.D.
Director for Competency Based Education and Assessment | 919-966-3202
Laura C. Bilbro-Berry, Ed.D.
Director of Community College Partnerships | 919-962-4934
Mary Ellen McMillan
Executive Assistant for the VP | 919-962-3542
Academic and Regulatory Affairs
Daniel Harrison, J.D.
Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Regulatory Affairs | 919-962-2676
The Academic and Regulatory Affairs department encompasses the North Carolina State Approving Agency (NC SAA) and the State Authorization unit. NC SAA provides educational program approval, institutional monitoring of legal and program requirements, and program services for institutions seeking to participate in GI Bill funding. The NC SAA is under the supervision of the Board of Governors and is administered through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The NC SAA plans and administers a statewide program that is structured to select and make available to GI Bill beneficiaries “bona fide” programs of education. The State Authorization unit makes recommendations to the Board of Governors on applications from non-public and out-of-state institutions seeking to offer post-secondary degree programs in North Carolina. It monitors and regulates those institutions which are licensed. The unit also manages the state’s religious and military exemption process for degree-granting postsecondary institutions.
Director of Licensure | 919-962-4550
Andre Richardson, Ph.D.
Licensure & State Authorizations Program Specialist | 919-962-4558
NC State Approving Agency (NC SAA) Personnel
Jay S. Fitzgerald
Executive Director, NC State Approving Agency | 919-237-7937
SAA Program Specialist | 919-237-7933
SAA Program Specialist | 919-237-7934
Administrative Support Associate | 919-237-7932
Bethany Meighen, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs | 919-843-6744
Dr. Bethany Meighen serves as the chief student affairs officer of the University and is the liaison between the University and the 17 constituent institutions on policy matters related to financial aid, athletics, and student health. In addition, she is the UNC System lead representative to the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) partnership. The department of Student Affairs works closely with the leadership, faculty, and staff at our institutions to foster System-wide, data-driven strategies for enhancing student success and improving time-to-degree efficiency. Student Affairs collaborates with System Office and institution administrators to implement policies and regulations regarding student affairs, financial aid, admissions, and campus safety. The department is also responsible for access programs (including the CFNC Pathways Partnership and the statewide Countdown to College program) and works closely with committees and educational agencies on policies related to minimum admissions and course requirements. Student Affairs also works alongside the NCSEAA (North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority) to coordinate the distribution of student financial aid information and state awards.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs | 919-843-8941
Director for Student Development and Association of Student Government Advisor | 919-445-0494
Assessment and Program Specialist | 919-843-0448
Executive Assistant to the VP | 919-962-4623
Director, CFNC Pathways | 336-256-0117
Assistant Director, CFNC Pathways | 336-334-4915
Campus Services Manager, CFNC Pathways | 336-340-4448
Business Analyst, CFNC Pathways | 336-340-4790
Jim Ptaszynski, Ph.D.
Vice President for Digital Learning | 919-843-5705
The Vice President for Digital Learning is responsible for developing a digital learning plan that supports the Strategic Plan and is in service of the future needs of the UNC System. The major goals of this plan are two-fold. First, it is intended to address how digital learning can be leveraged to support micro- and nano-credentials, as well as fully online degree programs, in order to provide access to higher education for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who do not have, but could benefit from, a college education. Second, it is designed to accelerate the use of appropriate digital technologies across the 17 institutions in support of increasing student success. Dr. Ptaszynski also oversees UNC Online and UNC Proctoring coordination.
Senior Director of Product Management and Technology Integration, UNC Online | 919-962-4208
Director of Special Projects | 919-843-6743
UNC Online Services Manager | 252-737-4295
UNC Online Proctor Coordinator | 919-962-4786
Evangelina "Angie" Callesis
Executive Assistant to the VP | 919-962-7049
Data and Analytics
Vacant - Diane Marian is the Interim Vice President
Vice President for Data and Analytics | 919-962-4554
The Data and Analytics department provides decision support to UNC System leadership, the Board of Governors, the legislature, and various other stakeholders, primarily through the maintenance of and extraction of information from a rich central database. The goal is to meet key stakeholders’ needs by building an efficient, responsive, sustainable operation on a technology and human resource platform. The department handles state and federal reporting requirements centrally--most prominently, the federal higher education data system, IPEDS, requires a substantial set of reports at various points during the year. The department manages various UNC system annual reporting to the Board of Governors (e.g., faculty workload, student enrollment), and Data and Analytics is responsible for developing and managing reporting and analytics tools as part of the UNC System’s shared analytics platform.
Diane Marian, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Data and Analytics | 919-843-8613
Programmer/Analyst Manager | 919-962-4547
Business Intelligence Analyst | 919-843-6736
SAS Programmer/Analyst | 919-962-4543
Business Intelligence Analyst | 919-962-4544
Business Intelligence Analyst | 919-962-4901
SAS Programmer/Analyst | 919-843-6451
SAS Programmer/Analyst | 919-843-3227
Evangelina "Angie" Callesis
Executive Assistant to the VP | 919-962-7049