As Jim Dean reflected on his first day as executive vice chancellor and provost July 1, he said he was humbled.
“After 16 years, I knew everything about how (Kenan-Flagler Business School) worked,” said Dean, the former dean of the school.
“I have an awful lot to learn about how things work in this role. I’ve gone from an expert to a novice overnight.”
Dean began his tenure as provost Monday after serving in a variety of leadership roles in the business school.
Jack Evans, who has served as interim dean of the school twice before, will serve in the role again until a new leader is chosen.
Dean’s salary in his new position is $445,000, while former Provost Bruce Carney earned $350,000.
Carney, who spent much of his tenure dealing with a series of stringent budget cuts, stepped down at the end of June to return to the faculty.
Dean said he is expecting the University to suffer more budget cuts this year, and he said dealing with them will be among his biggest challenges.
He also said working with Chancellor Carol Folt will be a welcomed challenge because both leaders are new to their positions.