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Carolina’s more than 355,000 living alumni continue to value greatly the service and leadership, particularly during these challenging times, provided by our University’s senior administrative leaders. That includes the Board of Trustees, which has an important role in advising and supporting Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and his team. Carolina’s world-class faculty, the chancellor and his cabinet, school deans, other senior administrative leaders and the Board of Trustees are stewards of the value of the diplomas that have been earned, are being earned and will be earned.
As the chart below reflects, a significant transition is taking place in the University’s senior leadership. Some leaders are retiring while others are returning to the faculty or have accepted leadership opportunities elsewhere. Some of the University’s new leaders are already at Carolina while others are new to our University. Most have been selected after national searches.
Those new to the University will find that Carolina remains, after nearly 230 years, proudly and relentlessly committed to serving North Carolina. Importantly, this commitment has long been recognized with generous financial support from North Carolina taxpayers.
Carolina remains special because of its welcoming culture, uncompromising commitment to excellence, enthusiasm for collegiality and collaboration and remarkably bright and curious students — attracted by equally remarkable and distinguished faculty.
Born in 1793 during George Washington’s presidency, our alma mater remained open throughout the Civil War, only closing afterward due to the lack of students and funding. Not receiving state appropriations for buildings until the 20th century, in 1922 Carolina became only the second Southern university invited into membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Today Carolina is a leading global public research university.
As we welcome Carolina’s new leaders, we look to the future with confidence that Carolina’s values, principles and traditions continue. Alumni, the University’s only permanent constituency, will forever remain a source of sustaining support as Carolina continues to address the most pressing problems in our state, our nation and the world.
Yours at Carolina,
Douglas S. Dibbert ’70