One of UNC’s leaders is leaving for bluer skies, but the search for his replacement will likely be deferred until the next chancellor is chosen.
Larry Conrad, vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer, will take on the same role at the University of California, Berkeley on Feb. 18.
Conrad said he was told just before Christmas that he got the job.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney said he and Chancellor Holden Thorp are still discussing the details of the search, which will likely not start until a new chancellor is chosen.
“We’ve got plenty of searches going on right now,” he said.
Chris Kielt will fill the position in the interim. He is the associate vice chancellor for administrative systems and business transformation, and he previously served as the chief information officer at Stony Brook University.
Conrad said he intended to retire at UNC, but the Berkeley job was too good to pass up.
“This particular job is generally seen as the top IT job in public higher education,” he said.
Conrad said he received a job listing for the position around July.