The UNC Board of Governors today authorized its Presidential Search Committee to retain Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm with offices in Boston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco, to help it identify potential successors to UNC President Thomas W. Ross, who will leave the post in January 2016.

In addition to providing administrative support, the firm will help the search committee refine position specifications and advertising strategies, identify and recruit candidates, and coordinate the interview and selection process.

Founded in 1982, Isaacson, Miller has engaged in more than 5,500 executive searches.  The firm’s work on behalf of the UNC system will be led by its founder, John Isaacson, a graduate of Dartmouth College, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School who has overseen many of the firm’s most recent and significant presidential searches.  Over the past five years, he has led successful searches for the City University of New York System, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, Lehigh University, the University of California System, Pennsylvania State University, Vanderbilt University, and New York University, among others.  Isaacson also recently led Duke University’s searches for a provost and chancellor of Duke University Medical Center.

Before reaching its decision, the committee solicited proposals from 18 highly respected search firms and publicly interviewed four finalists. Isaacson, Miller proposed $150,000, plus administrative and other actual out-of-pocket expenses.  State funds will not be used.

To help inform the search, a Leadership Statement Committee of the board is hosting a series of four regional forums across the state to invite input from the University community and the general public about key issues facing the 17-campus UNC system and the characteristics and qualities desirable in the next president. Comments and ideas generated at those forums, responses to an online survey, and other input provided via the Presidential Search website (www.northcarolina.edu/presidential-search) will help guide the search committee and consultant in their work.  More than 4,200 individuals had completed the online survey when it closed on May 22.

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 academically 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, five schools of engineering, and a renowned arts conservatory.  The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.

For updates and announcements about the UNC Presidential search, or to nominate a candidate, visit www.northcarolina.edu/presidential-search.

Friday, May 29, 2015