This year, several new leaders stepped into roles on campus. These changes come after eight deans stepped down in 2022, creating what new faculty chair Beth Moracco called “a huge amount of change.”
“I think there is a feeling of kind of a sigh of relief that maybe we can stabilize and kind of have some continuity moving forward,” she said.
Here’s an overview of who has joined campus leadership in 2023:
Moracco began her term as chair of the UNC faculty on July 1, succeeding Mimi Chapman. She also serves as an associate professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the associate director of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.
“This has not been a typical summer or semester in terms of all the events that have affected our campus,” she said. “I have been mostly in reactive mode since July 1.”
She said events such as the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision, the Aug. 28 shooting, reactions to the conflict in the Middle East and the potential departure of Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz have been her main concerns during her first six months in the role.
“We’ve come out with a number of statements, we have worked with senior administration on a number of responses,” she said.
Looking forward, Moracco said she wants to improve communication between faculty and the Faculty Council “to really make sure that we’re hearing the full spectrum of faculty voices.”
On Feb. 27, Wall succeeded Mike Smith as dean of the School of Government. She joined the School’s faculty in 2001 and served as senior associate dean from 2020 to 2023.
“The organization was very welcoming to me in this role, and I felt a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about the next chapter for the school,” Wall said.
She also said she spoke with many North Carolina public officials when she began the role, and that it was “refreshing and exciting” to see how much importance they placed on the School of Government.
One of the greatest challenges in Wall’s first year as dean, she said, was the $2.5 million budget cut approved by the N.C. General Assembly in September.
“There have been some hard decisions about things to pause and positions not to fill, both faculty and staff,” Wall said. “But in the long run, we're here to serve a mission and we're going to do it — but we just have to adapt how we go about doing that and how we staff it.”
Looking toward the next year, she said she hopes to “build and grow” the school’s Lead for North Carolina program, an AmeriCorps program that places post-undergraduates in local governments to support understaffed jurisdictions.
Carter became the University’s vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development and chief innovation officer on Oct. 30. He succeeded Judith Cone, who retired in April 2021 and was the last person to hold the role.