December 2016 Board Meeting Summary

The summary below highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during the December meeting. For a full account of board proceedings and meeting materials, please check the board meeting archive.

Read President Spellings’ December Report to the Board of Governors.


Strategic Priorities Discussion

President Spellings introduced presentations by Andrew Kelly, senior vice president for strategy and public policy at UNC General Administration, and Richard Staisloff, founder and principal, rpkGroup. Kelly reported that more than 8,500 survey responses from students, faculty, alumni and chancellors. The feedback will inform the committee’s work on strategic goals. Staisloff spoke of innovation and the future business model of higher education.

View presentations

Presentation: Public Input, Andrew Kelly (PDF)

Presentation:  Innovation and Business Model for Higher Ed, Richard Staisloff (PDF)


James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service

The UNC Board of Governors conferred the 2016 James E. Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service to North Carolina State University professor Steve McKeand, a professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State and the director of the Cooperative Tree Improvement Program. The award, named in honor of the late North Carolina governor, was established in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize and reward distinguished public service and outreach by faculty across the University system. It includes a $7,500 cash award.


Saunders-White honored

The UNC Board of Governors passed a resolution honoring the memory of North Carolina Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.


Education Planning, Policies and Programs

Upon request by the institutions, the UNC Board of Governors approved the following degree programs:

Elizabeth City State University, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

UNC Charlotte, BS in Health Systems Management

UNC Wilmington, MS in Data Science

The Board granted the request of UNC Pembroke to rename its School of Graduate Studies to The Graduate School.


Watch Strategic Priorities Discussion Archive

Video archive of discussion on UNC-TV.


Watch the UNC Board of Governors December 2016 Meeting

Video archive of meeting on UNC-TV.


The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance” of the University of North Carolina. Its 32 voting members are elected by the NC General Assembly for four-year terms. The Board of Governors has a dual role—maintaining the overall strength of the UNC system, while also addressing individual campus needs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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