Interim UNC-system President Bill Roper met with the Faculty Executive Committee Friday afternoon to outline the criteria guiding his search for an interim chancellor to replace UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. Roper also answered questions and took remarks from the Faculty Executive Committee, as well as other faculty members present at the meeting.
Folt will be stepping down on Jan. 31, a date set by the UNC-system Board of Governors, and as the interim UNC-system President, Roper has been tasked with finding an interim chancellor to replace her.
At the meeting, Roper outlined his four main criteria for the interim chancellor.
First, Roper explained that the current search is for an interim chancellor, not a permanent chancellor.
“This will be a rapid process, a thoughtful process, with wide consultation and so on, but this is not the same thing as the process to select a permanent chancellor for the University,” Roper said. “However, in describing the person as an interim chancellor, it is my belief that this person needs to be chancellor for an interim period, not act as an interim caretaker.”
Second, Roper said he hopes to appoint someone already familiar with UNC.
“I believe that it is very important that the interim chancellor be someone that is well known in this community and the surrounding area,” Roper said. “We want somebody who can be engaged from day one.”
Third, the interim chancellor should be someone “of stature."
“She, or he, will be able to, in rapid order, assess the situation and have the gravitas to then engage with all of the parties of interest, push back on some of them if that is necessary, push back on me, if that is necessary, and do the job of chancellor without folks running over her, or him,” Roper said.