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UNCA provost named interim chancellor as search begins
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 21:29

From Staff Reports

UNC Asheville Provost Joe Urgo has been appointed to serve as interim chancellor upon Chancellor Mary K. Grant’s departure at the end of the year.

The appointment was made by UNC President Margaret Spellings with the unanimous and enthusiastic support of the UNCA Board of Trustees.

The naming of an interim chancellor followed the announcement in September by Mary K. Grant, UNCA’s seventh chancellor, that she is leaving to embark on a new chapter of her professional life. Grant has served the as chancellor since January 2015.

“I’m thrilled that Provost Urgo will assume the role of interim chancellor at the end of the year,” Spellings said. “Dr. Urgo has partnered with Chancellor Grant to develop and lead innovative new endeavors over the past three years — in line with the University’s Strategic Plan. Ensuring the continuity of leadership during this time of transition is critical for UNC Asheville, and there’s no doubt that the institution will be in great hands.”

In addition to the appointment of Urgo as interim chancellor, Spellings also approved the appointment of the members of UNCA’s chancellor search committee.

Members of the search committee include Kennon Briggs (Search Committee Co-Chair), chair, UNCA Board of Trustees; Rick Lutovsky (Search Committee Co-Chair) vice chair, UNCA Board of Trustees; Trey Adcock, assistant professor, Department of Education; Roger Aiken, senior vice president-complex manager, Wells Fargo; Karen K. Brown ’81, member, Board of Trustees; Leslie Casse ’86, chair, Foundation Board/co-owner, AsheVillain LLC; Josh Cavanaugh, chair, Staff Council /Payroll Manager, Administration and Finance; Michael Davis ’19, executive of Diversity Initiatives, Student Government Association; Melodie Galloway, chair and associate professor, Department of Music; Tim Hussey ’18, student trustee/president, Student Government Association; Lakesha McDay ’09, director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mission Health; Ted Meigs, GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Molecular and Chemical Biology, Department of Biology; Stacey Millett, executive director of community engagement; Ellen Pearson, professor, Department of History; Mike Roach ’02, chair, National Alumni Council / Legal Counsel, Novozymes; Robby Russell, member, Board of Trustees; Wilma Sherrill, secretary, Board of Trustees; Micheal Stratton, chair, Faculty Senate / sssociate professor, Department of Management and Accountancy; Paul Vest, president and CEO, YMCA of Western North Carolina; Al Whitesides, Buncombe County commissioner; Bill Web, member, Board of Governors; Oscar Wong, member, Board of Trustees.

 “There is no doubt that UNC Asheville will be well served by Dr. Urgo and these well-qualified, diverse search committee members,” said Briggs. “Over the past three years, the strong partnership between Chancellor Grant and Dr. Urgo has been a key ingredient in the success, excitement, and momentum we have been experiencing at UNC Asheville. We are delighted to have the benefit and experience of Dr. Urgo’s leadership, knowing that he will continue to work in partnership and collaboration with all members of the campus community.”

The search committee’s role is to recommend final candidates for chancellor to the UNCA Board of Trustees, who will, in turn, recommend at least two candidates to Spellings, who will forward her nomination to the UNC System Board of Governors. 


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