Interim President Gonzales
University of North Carolina Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Junius J. Gonzales was appointed by the Board of Governors in December to serve as interim president of the University, succeeding President Tom Ross.
Gonzales’ term will run from January 4, 2016 to March 1, when President-Elect Margaret Spellings takes office.
As the UNC system’s top academic officer, Gonzales is currently responsible for the UNC system’s educational and research missions. In that role, he advises the president and Board of Governors on academic issues and policies of University-wide importance and oversees academic planning and budgeting, student affairs, sponsored programs and research, faculty support, licensure and institutional research and analysis. He also works closely with campus chancellors and chief academic officers on University-wide academic initiatives.
A psychiatrist by training, Gonzales has an undergraduate degree from Brown University, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. Over the course of his career, Gonzales has drawn on his clinical and research skills, business expertise and collaborative leadership style to make positive impacts in academia, government and the private sector.
Prior to joining the UNC system in January 2015, Gonzales served as provost and vice president for academic affairs of the University of Texas at El Paso. He previously held senior academic and administrative posts at the University of South Florida and Georgetown University. In addition, Gonzales has held leadership positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and served as a principal investigator for Cambridge-based Abt Associates, one of the world’s 25 top-ranked research firms.