Kevin Guskiewicz was named as UNC's 12th chancellor at a Board of Governors meeting Friday, effective immediately.
Guskiewicz, a concussion researcher who previously served as the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, has been the University's interim chancellor since February 2019. He assumed the position after former Chancellor Carol Folt ordered the Silent Sam pedestal to be removed from campus and the BOG accelerated her resignation.
"There is no institution in the world that is more capable of changing the future than our nation’s first public university," Guskiewicz said in a statement announcing his appointment. "I am committed to championing our community, fighting for our values and demonstrating that we make a difference in the lives of all North Carolinians."
Board of Trustees Chairperson Richard Stevens led the search committee to find Folt's replacement, and said in a statement that Guskiewicz is a "visionary leader" that UNC needs.
“Over the past 10 months, Dr. Guskiewicz has guided this University with a stable and sure hand," Stevens said in the statement. "He is deeply committed to our University and its mission, prioritizing student success, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and addressing the critical needs of North Carolina and the world.”