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.

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Ross, other NC leaders talk higher education

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — A fist bump between Tom Ross and Scott Ralls on Wednesday epitomized the working relationship between the UNC system and North Carolina’s community colleges, as well as the friendship between the two departing higher education leaders.


Pat McCrory's budget is mixed bag for UNC system

North Carolina spends more taxpayer dollars on higher education than any other state — and on Thursday, Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled a two-year budget proposal that he says would bolster funding in at least five areas of the UNC and community college systems.