UNC system

The University of North Carolina is a multi-campus university providing public education to the 220,000 students enrolled across the 17 campuses. In 1931, the NC General Assembly redefined the University of North Carolina to include three schools, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and UNC-Greensboro and with that the multi-campus system was born in North Carolina.

The system is overseen by the UNC Board of Governors, which is the system’s policy-making body. The 32-member board is elected to four year terms by the general assembly. One of the biggest responsibilities of the board is the elect the president, who is the administrator for the system. Each of the UNC campuses are headed by a chancellor. Each chancellor is nominated by the president and approved by the board of governors. 

The current UNC-system president is Tom Ross. He announced he will step down in 2016.

The Daily Tar Heel tags stories to make it easier for you to find our more about topics you care about. Consider it a Wikipedia for all things UNC.


UNC system unveiled its new logo Wednesday. Photo courtesy of UNC system.

UNC system happenings for Jan. 30, 2018

N.C. State students take an unusual approach to their solar vehicle competition, astronaut Christina Koch keeps busy as she awaits her first mission, and an ECU professor combines economics, farming and the environment.


Photo illustration. Though opioid abuse rates are highest in people aged 18 to 25, colleges often do not have permanent funding to address it.

North Carolina colleges are trying to combat opioid misuse — but they lack needed funding

When Alexander Smith peered through the plexiglass window of his jail cell into his father’s eyes, he saw the destruction he’d caused. Smith’s addiction to opioids – from prescription pills to heroin – had pained his father for years.  Smith finally felt that pain for himself.  But his moment of reckoning was gone as soon as he got into the car with his father, who bailed him out. Smith reached for his phone to find the nearest dealer. The addiction had taken over again, and he was powerless.