UNC General Counsel Mark Merritt left UNC at the end of 2018, but the University hasn't announced a replacement.
Associate Vice Chancellors and senior University Counsels Steve Keadey and Kara Simmons are currently performing Merritt’s duties until someone else is hired for the position, UNC Media Relations manager Carly Miller told The Daily Tar Heel in an Feb. 5 email.
Miller concluded the email with a quote from the campus announcement of Merritt’s departure from Dec. 17.
“We are very appreciative of the outstanding attorneys and staff in the Office of University Counsel. We have great assurance that legal matters will remain in their capable and professional hands.”
Merritt’s decision came at a period of high administrative turnover at UNC. The announcement came after the resignations of former UNC-system President Margaret Spellings and former Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Winston Crisp, and was followed by former Chancellor Carol Folt’s Jan. 14 decision to resign.
No replacement has yet been made for the position of vice chancellor either.
The Daily Tar Heel reached out to Keadey and Simmons regarding their temporary post, but Keadey responded and said they declined to comment by the time of publication.
“Kara and I appreciate your interest, and we are grateful to you for thinking of us as potential interviewees, but we respectfully decline the invitation,” he said in an email.
Keadey has been employed in the Office of the University Counsel since June 2010 and Simmons since May 2005, Miller said.