UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz will be the 22nd president of Michigan State University.
The MSU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Guskiewicz as the next MSU president in an 8 a.m. meeting on Friday. According to a UNC campus-wide email, he will step down as UNC chancellor Jan. 12 and assume MSU presidency on March 4.
"As MSU's next president, I pledge to build on the University's storied legacy of academic and research excellence through a culture of collaboration and servant leadership," Guskiewicz said in the MSU BOT meeting.
In the email sent to the UNC community, Guskiewicz said he loved leading UNC. Though the University faced challenges, he said it also experienced incredible opportunities.
"It has not always been easy, but as I have often said — easy is boring. We certainly have not been bored," he said in the campus message.
Peter Hans, the UNC System president, applauded Guskiewicz for his work at the University in a statement Friday morning.
"Chancellor Guskiewicz has led UNC-Chapel Hill with grace and goodwill through some very difficult moments, and he's leaving the University in stronger shape than when he arrived," Hans said in the statement.
UNC BOT chair John Preyer said in an email statement that UNC deserves a thoughtful and thorough national search for its next chancellor, beginning immediately upon the appointment an interim chief executive.
UNC Student Body President Chris Everett and Graduate and Professional Student Government President Lauren Hawkinson said in a statement that the University operates under a system of shared governance that should be respected. They added that the selection of a new chancellor should be decided upon after hearing input from all who participate in this shared governance structure, including faculty, staff, students and the Board of Trustees.