Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Kang's upcoming role at the Mellon Foundation. He will be in charge of the arts grant-making area for the foundation as program director for arts and cultural heritage. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
Emil Kang, special assistant to the chancellor for the arts, will leave UNC for a senior position at a New York City art foundation on Oct. 1. — signifying the latest in a series of resignations among cabinet-level administrators throughout the past year.
Kang was the mastermind behind Carolina Performing Arts, a music professor, and instrumental in elevating UNC’s reputation in the arts world since he arrived in 2005. Carol Folt appointed him to her cabinet in 2016, and together they implemented Arts Everywhere, an initiative designed to weave artistic engagement into community lives.
Kang was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by former President Barack Obama in 2012, the first time a North Carolinian had been chosen for the position. With a background in music, specifically violin, Kang came to UNC following a leadership role at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a position with the Seattle Orchestra.
Under Kang’s leadership, Carolina Performing Arts has commissioned over 50 new works by renowned artists, and 40 of them premiered in Chapel Hill.