Jan Boxill said she never expected to gain prominence when she joined the UNC community 26 years ago.
But on Monday, she was elected to succeed McKay Coble as chairwoman of the Faculty Council, making her the first to assume the leading faculty role as a fixed-term faculty member.
“This is an accomplishment I never would have thought about,” Boxill said. “It is an amazing honor to be elected by my colleagues and peers.”
About 37 percent, or 1,320 faculty members, of eligible voters took part in the election, marking the largest voter turnout for the position in more than a decade.
Boxill defeated Vincas Steponaitis, an anthropology professor.
“I was a little disappointed, but I know she will be terrific,” Steponaitis said. “She has great experience and is a great communicator.”
Boxill’s three-year term will begin July 1.
Once she begins, Boxill said she will encourage administrators to pay attention to academic centers on campus that enhance University academics despite budget cuts.
She also plans to tweak the names for the three-tiered fixed-term faculty ranking system the council passed during Coble’s term.