During his first year at UNC, Moeser's tenacity again has drawn mixed reviews.
And like at UN-L, his tenacity has played an integral role in shaping town-gown relations during his time at UNC, particularly in regards to UNC's Development Plan.
The Development Plan, an eight-year strategy for managing campus growth, has been the source of considerable tension between residents and University officials.
The Chapel Hill Town Council approved the plan Wednesday night -- a victory for University officials, including Moeser, who has stressed the importance of campus expansion. But the victory has come at the expense of some residents, who think the University is prepared to disregard their concerns. And some residents have attributed what they see as an increase in the University's aggressiveness in part to the fact that Moeser had taken the helm.
"University relationships with the community and with the neighbors have gotten worse," said UNC professor and former Chapel Hill Mayor Ken Broun. "(Moeser) and his staff have not handled things in a way that would improve relations, either. I'm not assessing blame, but things have gotten worse in the past year."
When Moeser arrived at UNC in August 2000, campus plans for massive expansion already were under way. In May 1998, the UNC Board of Trustees began drafting UNC's Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for campus growth.
In October 2000, Moeser helped start a discussion of how the University could collaborate with the town on campus expansion.
"He should be credited with working with the mayor in devising the process that allowed the town to consider the University's Development Plan," said Jonathan Howes, special assistant to the chancellor.
Despite the fact that both University and town officials moved forward with the approval of campus expansion, some residents began to feel alienated by the process.