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Faculty retention improved, but UNC losing professors to Duke

Bruce Carney, executive vice chancellor and provost, presented reassuring statistics on faculty retention at the UNC Board of Trustees meeting Thursday morning.

Carney said that UNC lost only 35 faculty in the 2011-12 academic year, less than half the number lost in the 2010-11 year.

“One of the reasons we were able to do better this year was preemptive fights that we engaged in,” Chancellor Holden Thorp said. “It’s clearly paid off.”

Carney also said external offers from other universities dropped significantly, from 110 offers in 2010-11 to 78 in 2011-12.

Vanderbilt University made the most external offers for UNC faculty this academic year, followed by Duke University.

Of four faculty members offered positions at Duke, UNC retained only one. Of the four, one faculty member has not yet decided whether he will stay.

In addition to Carney’s report on faculty retention, the board also heard proposals for improvements to athletic facilities.

Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction, proposed an almost $2 million renovation project to Kenan Stadium and an Educational Foundation project to fund an improved video board at Boshamer Stadium. The board voiced their approval for both proposals.

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