UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz is the only candidate in the running for Michigan State University's presidency and is considering the job. Some prominent campus figures say they are not surprised.
Guskiewicz was named as UNC's 12th chancellor and 30th chief executive officer in 2019 and has led the University through the COVID-19 pandemic, the denied tenure of Nikole Hannah-Jones, the acceleration of a School of Civic Life and Leadership and a campus shooting, in addition to other campus events and controversies.
“Chancellor Guskiewicz has done a good job of leading Carolina through some of the most challenging times in its recent history and it’s no surprise that he would be on anyone’s shortlist elsewhere in the country to strengthen public higher education,” UNC System President Peter Hans said after a Nov. 16 UNC Board of Governors meeting.
James Moeser, who served as University chancellor from 2000 to 2008, said there have been tensions between the Board of Trustees, the N.C. General Assembly and the chancellor — which could have contributed to Guskiewicz's consideration of a departure from the University.
MSU governance politics
Teresa Woodruff became MSU's interim president in August when former president Samuel Stanley Jr. resigned after the handling of a Title IX report involving the former dean of MSU's Eli Broad College of Business and incurring tensions with the MSU Board of Trustees.
Stanley resigned from the presidency in October 2022 and said in a Youtube video message to the MSU community that he had lost confidence in the university's BOT.
"I cannot in good conscience continue to serve this board as constituted," he said in the clip.
MSU is conducting an external investigation into allegations that board chair Rema Vassar violated board bylaws and university policies.