April 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

The summary below highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during its April meeting.

For a full account of board proceedings and meeting materials, please check the board meeting archive.

UNC Charlotte, NC State Researchers Receive UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor

Pinku Mukherjee, Irwin Belk Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials at North Carolina State University, received the 2015 O. Max Gardner Award — the highest faculty honor given by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina.
Learn more about the 2015 O. Max Gardner award recipients.

UNC BOG Names UNC Wilmington Chancellor

The board elected Jose V. “Zito” Sartarelli, Ph.D., a former pharmaceutical executive who now serves as chief global officer and dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Read more about UNCW's new chancellor.

2015-2017 Budget Update

An update was provided on the University of North Carolina’s budget priorities as they compare to the Governor’s proposed budget. A summary of UNC appropriations compared to proposed appropriations for FY 2016-17 was included in the update presentation.
See the budget comparison.

Presidential Search

The board approved a resolution establishing the commitees and process for the 2015 presidential search. 
Read the resolution.

University Advancement

As part of the Strategic Plan, “Our Time, Our Future,” University Advancement has been charged with maximizing efficiencies and enhancing private fundraising across the system. Two aggressive outcome measures in support of enhancing private funding include increasing UNC total gifts systemwide by a minimum of 25 percent and moving all campuses to at least the 50th percentile in key performance metrics as compared to peers. An update from University Advancement was given to the Committee on Budget and Finance, recognizing that, to date, UNC institutions have collectively shown consistent growth in total gifts. Data for analysis includes total gifts, pledges and new commitments, donor support and return on investment.
View the University Advancement Update presentation.

ECU Millennial Campus

The Board of Governors approved a proposal by East Carolina University to establish a designated Millennial Campus in four separate sites based on their proximity to existing campus academic, health science, athletic and human performance activities, Greenville historic and arts districts and the Tar River front. The Millennial Campus concept has been successfully used by other campuses in the UNC system. The proposed ECU Research and Innovation Campus (ECRIC) would have a unique and extensive geographic footprint that would enhance economic and community development for both Greenville and the region.
Learn more about ECU’s Millennial Campus.

Degree Program Proposals

The board approved UNC Greensboro’s request to establish a Bachelor of Arts Administration degree program, UNC-Chapel Hill's and NC State’s request to establish a joint Bachelor of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering degree program and the UNC School of the Arts and UNC Wilmington’s request to each establish a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking degree program.
Learn more about UNC degree proposals.

Nursing Report

The annual Nursing Report was presented for information only to the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs. The report provides data on the status of UNC nursing programs based on enrollment, degrees conferred, and the exam passing rates of UNC students taking the nursing licensure exam. Overall enrollment and degrees conferred have increased over the past five years.
Read the Annual Nursing Report.

Research and Sponsored Programs Report

The annual UNC Research and Sponsored Programs Report was presented for information only to the president during the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs. The report provides data on the amount of new competitive research grants and contracts received by UNC campuses and General Administration in FY 2014.
Read the Annual Research and Sponsored Programs Report.

UNC Community and Economic Engagement Report

The UNC Community and Economic Engagement Report was presented for information only to the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs. The report is the first annual presentation and provides a means by which the UNC system can assess its collective progress in community engagement and economic development.
Read the UNC Community and Economic Engagement Report.

Strategic Directions Dashboard Reports

Presented for information only, the dashboard reports summarize activities of the University staff pertaining to the implementation of the strategic plan “Our Time, Our Future.”
View the January-March 2015 Dashboard reports.