CHAPEL HILL – Karrie Gibson Dixon has been named Vice President for Academic and Student Success of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. Dixon, who joined the staff of UNC General Administration in 2008 and most recently served as UNC Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, was promoted to the new position effective July 1.
In her expanded role, Dixon will serve as the chief student affairs officer for the UNC system. She will lead student success initiatives, oversee academic programs designed to increase student access and retention statewide, and help foster and coordinate innovative collaborations among UNC, the NC Community College System, the NC Independent Colleges and Universities, and the NC Department of Public Instruction. She will also work closely with University committees and work groups focusing on community college transfers, minimum admission requirements, and academic and student policies. Student-related programs under her oversight include financial aid, CFNC Pathways, NC State Approving Agency, NC State Education Assistance Authority, and UNC Summer Bridge Academic and Retention Program.
Dixon holds a bachelor's degree in communication from North Carolina State University, a master's degree in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Doctor of Education degree from NC State. She is a member of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2014 class of “40 Under 40” Leadership Award winners. Prior to joining UNC General Administration, she served as an assistant vice provost at NC State
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.