At the Board of Trustees’ University Affairs Committee meeting Wednesday, Provost Jim Dean recommended that the institute stop acting as an affiliate of the University, as it has for nearly a decade. This recommendation was approved by all members of the University Affairs committee and will go in front of the full board at Thursday’s meeting for a final vote.
The recommendation came from a report done by UNC’s Centers & Institutes Review Committee, which found that the institute “operates relatively autonomously in comparison with other centers and institutes at UNC-Chapel Hill and that both the Institute and the University could benefit from greater integration.”
Originally a part of the UNC system and not a specific school, the Hunt Institute is not planning to change its practices to become more like a traditional UNC center or institute, Dean said. These changes would include funneling grants through the University and using University processes to select new leadership.
“The kind of things that we would want them to do to be a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill center are not the type of things they want to be doing,” Dean said about the institute, . “I think everyone from both sides agrees thinks this is the best outcome.”
Still, interim Hunt Institute director April White Henderson that she doesn’t expect informal relationships with UNC institutions like the School of Education or the Department of Public Policy to end.
The University’s Center & Institutes Review Committee was tasked by the UNC Board of Governors to do reviews of five centers, including the Hunt Institute, in February 2015 when the board was doing a review of the entire system. The Hunt Institute was the only one that the committee recommended to disband from the University.
Dean also announced the approval from Chancellor Carol Folt and himself for the creation of a new center, the Global Social Development Innovation Center, in the School of Social Work. To become a center officially, the full board will have to approve it at Thursday’s meeting.
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