University of North Carolina President Thomas Ross and UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans today announced the creation of the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions.  This blue-ribbon group, which includes business, education, and government leaders from across the state, as well as selected Board members, UNC Chancellors, and faculty leadership, will provide vital input in the development of the next five-year strategic plan for the 17-campus University.

President Ross and the Board of Governors are working collaboratively to define the University’s strategic directions for 2013-18.  These core goals are pivotal in setting current and future priorities, resource planning and allocation, program planning, review and refinement of academic missions, and strategic planning by UNC constituent institutions and affiliated entities.  They also must reflect the University’s deep commitment to help North Carolina respond to changing state needs and economic challenges.

In support of that effort, this special Advisory Committee chaired by President Ross will help assess North Carolina’s current and future workforce needs and recommend degree attainment goals and strategies that are responsive to those needs and changing demographics.  The group may also consider recommendations related to higher academic standards and competencies required for a globally competitive workforce.  The Advisory Committee will evaluate relevant data and available information in order to complete its work and make a consensus recommendation to President Ross in January 2013.

“The composition of this special Advisory Committee reflects our commitment to reach out across North Carolina for input and guidance,” said President Ross. “We want and need the advice and collaboration of business and state leaders so that we can hone our priorities for the future and respond more effectively to changing state needs.”

The following members of the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions were announced today.  Additional members may be added.


UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions


Tom Ross, President, University of North Carolina

Peter Hans, Chairman, UNC Board of Governors

Fred Eshelman, Member, UNC Board of Governors  

Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore, North Carolina Senate

Thom Tillis, Speaker, North Carolina House of Representatives

Steve Ballard, Chancellor, East Carolina University

Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO, IEM

Peaches Blank, Member, UNC Board of Governors

Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro

Charles Brink, Chair, UNC Staff Assembly; Staff Member, UNC-Chapel Hill

Cameron Carswell, President, UNC Association of Student Governments & Member, UNC Board of Governors

Brett Carter, President, Duke Energy Carolinas

Jack Cecil, President, Biltmore Farms

Janet Cowell, State Treasurer

Keith Crisco, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce

Lew Ebert, President, North Carolina Chamber

Don Flow, Owner and CEO, Flow Automotive Companies

William Friday, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina

Paul Fulton, Member, UNC Board of Governors

Hannah Gage, Immediate Past Chair, UNC Board of Governors

Frank Grainger, Vice Chairman, UNC Board of Governors

Robert Ingram, Retired Executive, GlaxoSmithKline

Leroy Lail, Member, UNC Board of Governors

Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T North Carolina 

Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University

Ken Peacock, Chancellor, Appalachian State University

Art Pope, CEO, Variety Wholesalers

Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System

Catherine Rigsby, Chair, UNC Faculty Assembly; Faculty Member, East Carolina University

Jeff Tarte, Health Care Consultant

Holden Thorp, Chancellor, UNC-Chapel Hill


The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

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