UNC Asheville’s Chancellor Search
UNC Asheville is searching for our seventh Chancellor. This website will keep the campus community and the public informed about all steps in the process.
UNC Asheville’s sixth Chancellor, Anne Ponder, announced in January 2014 that she plans to retire, effective July 31, 2014.
About UNC Asheville and the Position of Chancellor
As one of 17 institutions in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville is the state’s designated public liberal arts university. UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Located on 302 acres in the heart of Asheville, the campus is the academic home to about 3,700 undergraduate students and 730 faculty and staff.
Consistently recognized for academic excellence, student access to faculty, quality of life both on campus and in the city, UNC Asheville has been named an educational value and best buy by Forbes magazine, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2013” ranks UNC Asheville seventh in the nation among Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and it is the only North Carolina institution listed among National Liberal Arts Colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine calls UNC Asheville one of the nation's best values in public colleges, with sixth lowest total cost of attending for in-state students, and the eighth lowest average debt among graduates.
The Chancellor is the administrative and executive head of the university and exercises complete executive authority over the university, subject to the direction of the President of the University of North Carolina. The Chancellor is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees.
Chancellor Search Process
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, section 116-11(4), the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina is authorized to "elect, on nomination of the President, the chancellor of each of the constituent institutions and fix his compensation. The President shall make his nomination from a list of not fewer than two names recommended by the institutional board of trustees."
According to the UNC Code, Appendix 1, “In the event of a vacancy in the chancellorship, the board of trustees shall establish a search committee composed of representatives of the board of trustees, the faculty, the student body and the alumni.”
UNC Asheville’s Board of Trustees, led by Chair N. King Prather, has established this committee, which was given its charge by UNC President Tom Ross at its first meeting on Feb. 14, 2014. For more information, see the Search Committee Meetings and Minutes page.