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Division of Governance, Legal, and Risk Management

Division of Governance, Legal, and Risk Management

The Division of Governance, Legal, and Risk works with University leadership to develop strategies and lead operations that are risk informed, legally compliant, and supportive of the UNC System’s mission.

The professionals within the division participate as team members, project leads, and partners to identify opportunities, solve problems, ensure that the University and its institutions operate within the requirements of law and regulation, and conform to consistent institutional expectations of ethics and integrity.


The major areas of work for the division are as follows:


Oversight and Support of Integrated Objective Advice and Counsel in Legal, Safety, Audit, and Compliance Matters, and Support of System-wide Management.

This activity is directed at providing the Board of Governors, the president, the senior team, the president's staff, and other University officers and staff with reliable, accurate, and independent advice that is actionable and in furtherance of their responsibilities to the University. This activity also supports significant projects, Board workgroups, and ensures the GLR Division focuses on providing counsel, expertise, and support on all matters presented by the Board, president, and System officials, including matters of governance, ethics, and conflicts of interest.


Legal Advice and Counsel

As a state entity, federal aid recipient, and federal contractor, the UNC System is required to comply with hundreds of federal and state laws, policies, and ever-evolving case law. Our legal staff provides the expertise to identify, interpret, and advise on this complex governing framework, consistent with the NC Rules of Professional Conduct. Legal Affairs is responsible for establishing, approving, and overseeing relationships with outside counsel.

Within the Office of Legal Affairs, we oversee the relationship with the Attorney General’s Office and shared legal services for the constituent institutions in the area of immigration law.


Campus Safety, Emergency Operations, Threat Mitigation and Response

Activities in this area are directed at coordinating and maintaining well-trained and equipped law enforcement, emergency management, and other support personnel across the UNC System; providing essential training; overseeing a program of disaster planning exercises and drills; and maintaining communication and liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement/ emergency management personnel. Activities in this area also include maintaining and enhancing the security and safety of individuals within campus environments, including functional areas with significant federal regulatory oversight such as crime reporting (Clery Act) and responding to student misconduct.

Learn more about saftey and emergency operations.


Internal Audit

Activities in this area are directed at developing, implementing, evaluating, and supporting internal audit functions and activities at the UNC System Office and System-wide; maintaining productive relationships with the Offices of the State Auditor and State Controller; reporting findings to the Board of Governors, the president, and senior administrators; and responding to requests for assistance from UNC System entities. A significant and growing area of work in this area involves conducting sensitive internal investigations and fact-finding at the direction and request of the Board of Governors, the president, and/or the Committee on Audit, Risk Management, and Compliance.

Learn more about internal audit.


Compliance and Risk Management 

Activities in this area are designed to identify, report, and/or assist the University in addressing strategic, operational, and compliance risks across the enterprise. This work helps provide assurance that System institutions and entities comply with law, regulation, and policy, understanding that all authority for the UNC System's operations is sourced in a single-governing board, which establishes and maintains a policy framework within which University leadership along with faculty and staff, operate to achieve the University's mission.

Examples of activities include internal audits and investigations; System-wide compliance through the Business Compliance Program; Title IX and Clery, and related training and coordination; System-wide activities in safety and emergency operations; and legal counsel and advice; and other activities focused on identifying, assessing, and mitigating risk at the enterprise level.


Division of Governance, Legal and Risk Staff Listing


Office of Legal Affairs

Thomas C. Shanahan
Senior Vice President and General Counsel | 919-962-4588

Michael R. Delafield
Senior Associate General Counsel | 919-962-6162

Carolyn C. Pratt
Associate General Counsel | 919-962-3406

T. Brooks Skinner
Associate General Manager and General Counsel | 919-549-7806 (UNC-TV)

Bridget Bishop
Associate General Counsel | 919-962-0444

Carrie O. Johnston
Assistant General Counsel | 919-445-0473

John J. Dougherty
Assistant General Counsel | 919-962-2579

Anne H. Phillips
Assistant General Counsel | 919-962-0533

Mary Griffin Inscoe
Higher Education Legal Fellow | 919-962-0330

Karin F. Szypszak
Special Projects Director | 919-962-4587

Ruth A. Brill
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel | 919-962-4588

Paulette J. Stroman
Executive Assistant | 919-843-6997


Office of Compliance and Audit Services

S. Lynne Sanders, CPA
Vice President for Compliance and Audit Services | 919.962.4610

J. Wesley Chancey
University Compliance Director | 919.962.6077

Jerry C. Flood, CPA
Special Projects Analyst | 919.843.3683

Heather L. Hummer
Business Compliance Analyst | 919.843.0342



Joyce D. Boni, CPA
Chief Audit Officer | 919.843.3623

Carol T. Harris, CIA
Internal Auditor | 919.962.3139


Office of Safety & Emergency Operations

Brent T. Herron
Associate Vice President for Safety & Emergency Operations | 919.962.4594

Edward R. Purchase
University Public Safety Operations & Clery Act Training Coordinator | 919.962.4597


University Hotline

If you have suspicion or knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse or misuse of University resources; violation of laws, regulations or policy; ineffective operations; or other concerns related to activities that may be detrimental to the UNC System Office, the University and its constituents or its reputation, please contact internal audit. There are three anonymous and confidential ways for reporting:

  1. Contact or the Chief Audit Officer, Joyce Boni via email or phone (919) 843-3623.
  2. File a report online (see form link below)
  3. Via the NC Office of the State Auditor hotline's website

Note: Employees who, in good faith, report unethical activity are protected by the North Carolina whistleblower act against any retaliation for making such a report  (Click here to view the Whistleblower Act.) NCGS 126-84 encourages employees to report evidence of activities that include but are not limited to a violation of law; fraud; gross misuse or mismanagement of monies; or abuse of authority. UNC System Office finance policies and procedures provide further guidance on reporting and investigating the misuses of state property, including what employees are required to report and the steps that should be taken. 

When sharing concerns or suspected unethical activity with internal audit, please provide as much detail as possible about who, what, when, where, how and how much/how often. You do not have to provide your name or contact information. However, providing this information is extremely helpful as it will allow us to contact you should we have further questions or need additional details. Provided information will be treated as confidential and privileged to the extent permitted by law.

Report a Concern using ths online form. Once the form is submitted, you will see a confirmation page. If you do not, the form has not been submitted. 



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