The summary below highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during the July meeting.
For a full account of board proceedings and meeting materials, please check the board meeting archive.
O. MAX GARDNER AWARD
The UNC Board of Governors conferred the 2016 O. Max Gardner Award, its highest faculty honor, on recent Nobel Prize winner Dr. Aziz Sancar, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the UNC- Chapel Hill School of Medicine. In May, the second 2016 recipient, David A. Shapiro, the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WCU, was presented his award.
CHANCELLOR SALARY ADJUSTMENTS
In addition to approving the 1.5 percent legislatively-required salary increases provided to all state employees, the Board of Governors approved market-based adjustments for seven chancellors. Salary adjustments were made to continue to move chancellors at least to the minimum of their current market salary ranges as set forth in an analyses performed by Buck Consultants in 2015.
All standing committees began delving into their assigned strategic themes (economic impact; excellent and diverse institutions; access; student success; affordability and efficiency).
During a Thursday morning policy session, Board members, chancellors, staff, and others heard a keynote presentation from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. They also heard from presenters Jim Woodell, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; Karen LeVert, Co-Founder and CEO, Southeast TechInventures, Inc.; and Fran O’Sullivan, General Manager, Global Business Services and Senior Executive for North Carolina IBM. Comments and discussion focused on the two major strategic themes – economic impact and excellent and diverse institutions. Video archive of the presentations and PowerPoint slides are available.
Keynote – The Honorable Phil Bredesen, Former Governor of Tennessee | Watch video archive
Public Universities and Economic Impact – Jim Woodell, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities | Watch video archive
Moving Discovery to Innovation for Economic Impact – Karen LeVert, Co-Founder and CEO, Southeast TechInventures, Inc., former NC Entrepreneur of the Year | Watch video archive
Developing Talent for Economic Impact – Fran O’Sullivan, General Manager, Global Business Services and Senior Executive for North Carolina IBM | Watch video archive
PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION
Following the Board meeting, the UNC Board of Governors held its public comment session. Limited to 15 speakers, the sessions invite comments on topics related to the University system, and were designed to give board members an opportunity to hear public input and to increase transparency efforts. Five people attended the July Public Comment Session.
Upon request by the individual institutions, the UNC Board of Governors approved:
The establishment of the following programs:
North Carolina Central University, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies
UNC Charlotte, MS in Cybersecurity
The discontinuation of the following programs:
Elizabeth City State University, BS in Industrial Technology
UNC Pembroke, BA in Art Education
UNC GREENSBORO RENAMES ARTS COLLEGE
The UNC Board of Governors approved UNC Greensboro’s request to rename its School of Music, Theatre and Dance to the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Watch the Meeting Archive:
The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance” of the University of North Carolina. Its 32 voting members are elected by the NC General Assembly for four-year terms. The Board of Governors has a dual role—maintaining the overall strength of the UNC system, while also addressing individual campus needs.