In November 2014, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Karen Gil announced she would be leaving her post to return to teaching psychology.
The University, in response to this news, created a search committee to find Gil’s replacement.
Despite Gil originally announcing her intention to step down in May of this year, it was announced two weeks ago that she would stay on until January to give the committee more time.
In a campuswide email Wednesday, UNC released the names of the five finalists.
Easterling has served as the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University since 2007, according to UNC’s release.
Easterling, it is noted, is an internationally known climate change expert, with a focus on how the planet’s food supply has been affected.
His open forum is Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. in Gerrard Hall.