Kevin Guskiewicz has been named the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to a release from the University.
Guskiewicz, the senior associate dean for natural sciences and a distinguished professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, was one of — and the only internal candidate.
“Kevin is a natural fit to become the next leader of our vibrant College of Arts and Sciences, which provides students with a critical foundation for learning and discovery every day,” Chancellor Carol Folt said in the release.
“An extremely accomplished teacher and researcher renowned for his expertise in injury prevention, Kevin represents the very best of Carolina.”
Guskiewicz will take over for current dean Karen Gil, who announced from the position last November. Gil originally planned to step down in May, but said she to give the search committee enough time to find her replacement.
Gil will return to teaching in the psychology department.
Guskiewicz will assume the position on Jan. 1, according to the release.
“I am excited to lead the College of Arts and Sciences at the University I have grown to love over the past 20 years,” he said in the release. “I look forward to introducing initiatives to bridge the gap between research and teaching so that our students can benefit from the world-renowned research of our faculty.”
Guskiewicz, who is internationally known for his research on concussions, has been linked to UNC’s .