Search Under Way for Next Provost

A “reconstituted” search committee has been announced by Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86 to help select the University’s next executive vice chancellor and provost. Some members of the original committee subsequently were named to the committee to find Thorp’s successor.

Provost Bruce Carney said in August that he planned to step down on June 30 after three years in the position.

The new committee, chaired by nursing school Dean Kristen Swanson, will begin meeting after receiving its charge from Thorp later in January.

The provost is the University’s chief academic officer.

Carney, who had been a member of Carolina’s astronomy faculty since 1980, became chair of the department of physics and astronomy in 1999 and served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a year after Thorp was named chancellor in 2008. Carney plans to return to UNC’s astronomy faculty.

The 21-member committee includes faculty, administrators and UNC staff along with one trustee and one student.

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