THE UNC SYSTEM PRESIDENT Peter Hans

Peter Hans is the seventh president of the University of North Carolina System. As a first-generation college graduate, he is committed to providing accessible, affordable, high-quality educational opportunities for all.

Hans took the helm in August 2020, guiding the UNC System through the pandemic and, at the same time, enacting policy reforms designed to broaden student access, boost affordability, and expand student mental health services. He championed record investments in repair and renovation of campus facilities and successfully advocated for the University’s budget priorities, while launching a financial overhaul that brings greater accountability for spending decisions across the System.

Previously, Hans served as the ninth president of the North Carolina Community College system. During his tenure the system increased visibility, enrollment, completion rates, public funding, private support, and business partnerships.

Hans was elected by the legislature to the State Board of Community Colleges (1997-2003) and UNC Board of Governors (2003-2015) where he was chosen by peers for leadership roles and fought for streamlining the transfer of student credits.

Previously he served as senior policy advisor to three members of the United States Senate, counseled the private sector on public affairs at one of the state’s largest law firms, and supported UNC System President Margaret Spellings on key initiatives.

Hans grew up in the small North Carolina towns of Southport on the coast and Hendersonville in the mountains. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Liberal Arts in extension studies from Harvard University.


PRESIDENT’S STAFF

The President is the UNC System’s chief administrative and executive officer, with complete authority to manage the affairs and execute the policies of the University, subject to the direction of the Board of Governors. The work of the President and Board of Governors is supported by a staff within the UNC System Office.

CONTACT THE PRESIDENT

president@northcarolina.edu
919-962-6983


REMARKS AND REPORTS

We remain rooted in our core mission to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge. But to serve our students and our citizens, the university of the people must embrace change.

Peter Hans

Speeches and Remarks

Report to Board of Governors, May 26, 2022
Remarks to UNC Wilmington Graduates, May 13-14, 2022
Report to the Board of Governors, April 7, 2022
Report to the Board of Governors, February 24, 2022
Report to the Board of Governors, January 20, 2022
Report to the Board of Governors, November 18, 2021
Inaugural Address, November 16, 2021
Statement on the Budget, November 15, 2021
Report to the Board of Governors, September 16, 2021
Statement on the Budget, August 12, 2021
Report to the Board of Governors, July 22, 2021
Statement on the Budget, June 23, 2021
Report to the Board of Governors, May 27, 2021
Remarks to East Carolina University Graduates, May 7, 2021
Report to the Board of Governors, April 22, 2021
Report to the Board of Governors, February 18, 2021
Speech to the NC Community College System Conference, February 15, 2021
Report to the Board of Governors, January 21, 2021 Meeting
Report to the Board of Governors, November 19, 2020 Meeting
Remarks to NC Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, October 29, 2020
Remarks to the North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools, October 2020
Report to the Board of Governors, October 22, 2020 Meeting
Speech to the NC Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship Event, October 13, 2020
Remarks Delivered at Institute for Emerging Issues Webinar, September 25, 2020
Report to the Board of Governors, September 17, 2020 Meeting

Video Messages

UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their February 24, 2022 meeting.
UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their January 20, 2021 meeting.
UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their November 18, 2021 meeting.
University of North Carolina President Peter Hans was formally inaugurated Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, during a ceremony at North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library.
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UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their September 16, 2021 meeting.
UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their July 21, 2021 meeting.

UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their May 27, 2021 meeting.
UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their April 22, 2021 meeting.
UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their February 18, 2021 meeting.
UNC System President Peter Hans delivers his report to the UNC Board of Governors at their January 21, 2021 meeting.