Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Jonathan Pruitt is leaving UNC and returning to the UNC System as chief operating officer effective Aug. 1, according to a Monday email from Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.
The University will launch a search to fill the position, Guskiewicz said in the email.
Pruitt started at UNC in January 2018 after working for the UNC System for 11 years as senior vice president and chief financial officer. As vice chancellor for finance and operations, Pruitt led UNC's financial planning and budgeting, managed the treasury and oversaw operations, including facilities planning, construction, real estate development and public safety.
In his time at UNC, Pruitt created a new University budgeting process, led the development and approval of the campus master plan and contributed to UNC's strategic initiative Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. Guskiewicz also credited Pruitt for his role in developing UNC's COVID-19 response plan, the Roadmap for Fall 2020.
"With his deep expertise, sound judgment, and calm demeanor, Jonathan will be an asset to incoming UNC System President Peter Hans. Fortunately, for us, Jonathan has put an excellent senior leadership team in place, which will report to me until an interim vice chancellor is appointed," Guskiewicz said in the email.