Now that a new chancellor has been selected to lead UNC, the focus is on choosing her second-in-command.
Chancellor-elect Carol Folt will make the final decision on who the next executive vice chancellor and provost will be, and members of the search committee are working to present her with candidates by the end of the semester.
After Bruce Carney, who currently holds the position, announced in August that he would step down this summer and return to the faculty, a 21-member search committee formed to find his successor.
Kristen Swanson, dean of the School of Nursing and chairwoman of the committee, said the group is hoping to have someone in place to take over on July 1, which is when Folt will begin her role.
Swanson said the search has more clarity because committee members and candidates know who the position will work with.
“I think up until this point it’s safe to say we have been working with people who are very interested in (UNC),” she said. “Now it’s up to one more level — it’s (UNC) and Chancellor-elect Folt.”
Swanson, who spoke with Folt Wednesday, said they will be in contact with each other at every step in the process.
She said Folt is looking for someone with a vision for the University’s future who will also be a strategic partner.
“It’s her decision in the end,” Swanson said.