The Committee will be distributing informational flyers, providing informational meetings and creating a website for information on the UNC-System president and their responsibilities to help educate stakeholders. Members of the public will be able to suggest candidates online once the website has been launched.
Along with educating the public and stakeholders, the committee has made it a priority to gather public input throughout the process. This will come in the form of town hall-style meetings or more informal gatherings where various stakeholders including faculty, business leaders, elected officials and members of the public will be able to offer their thoughts on choosing a new System president.
The next step will be accepting and reviewing applications, followed by a vote by the search committee and a final deciding vote by the Board of Governors. All potential candidates will remain confidential until the next president is selected.
“We’re adhering to the process to make sure we have all the information that we need, and to make sure we select the best candidates,” Randy Ramsey, committee co-chairperson, said.
The individual currently serving in this role is interim UNC-System President William Roper, who succeeded Spellings. Roper is one of many interim leaders at the University, including interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jonathan Sauls and interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Terry Rhodes.
Roper has received criticism in recent months for failing to disclose seats on the boards of corporations while serving as the chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care system.
This decision will not only impact UNC-Chapel Hill, as the UNC-System president oversees all 17 campuses in the System.
UNC Board of Governors Chairperson Harry Smith emphasized the importance of the decision. Smith said that in many cases, University system jobs only last a few years. He said the committee hopes to select candidates who can serve for roughly five to 10 years, as opposed to just two or three.
“A lot of the stakeholders, and a lot of the students in the state still don’t understand the kind of pressure our education’s under,” Smith said. “The changing dynamics, the changing landscape, physical issues.”