As Jim Dean, the University’s next executive vice chancellor and provost, prepares to transition into his new position, he said he regrets one thing — having to say goodbye to the only home he’s known at the University.
“While I’m really happy and really enthusiastic and feel very blessed that Chancellor (Carol) Folt has chosen me for this job, it does mean giving up literally everything I’ve known at UNC for 16 years,” he said.
“All of my contacts, all of my colleagues, the majority of my friends on campus — they’re just tremendous people.”
Dean is the current dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School, but he will leave that position to replace current provost Bruce Carney July 1.
Dean — who was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees May 23 — said he looks forward to working with people across campus.
“The opportunity to get to know people who are smart and hard-working and influential and wise across the University — that’s going to be great,” Dean said.
Folt said she chose Dean over the other three candidates she interviewed for the position because she valued his knowledge of the University, among other things.
“He works with people across the schools — he has a fairly extraordinary commitment to providing a great education at the undergraduate through the professional school levels,” she said. “I feel like what he believes in and what he’s accomplished so far will be a great asset to me and to the entire team as we work together across the community.”
Dean has served in a variety of leadership positions in the business school since he began as a professor of organizational behavior in 1997.