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Dean, School of Government Chapel Hill, NC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) is the oldest public university in the United States and the flagship institution of the 16-campus University of North Carolina. UNC-CH is seeking a broad-minded and discerning new Dean to lead its School of Government (SOG) — the nation’s largest university-based state and local government training, advisory, and research organization.

The SOG is unique among peer institutions as the main provider of specialized education, advising, and research services for North Carolina public officials. It also is home to UNC-CH’s Master of Public Administration degree program, which ranks second in the field of local government management, its primary focus.

For more than 90 years, the SOG has built a high degree of trust with North Carolina public officials by adhering to its three historic, immutable values: to be Nonpartisan; Policy-neutraland Responsive. With the ongoing polarization of political discourse in America, maintaining these values will be critical to the SOG’s continued progress and effectiveness. The new Dean will need to forge and maintain strong relationships with public leaders across the full range of North Carolina state and local governments, including court officials.  It will be important for the new Dean to have exemplified the SOG’s values in their own past work and experience.

Reporting to UNC-CH’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Dean is the SOG’s Chief Academic Officer and provides academic, mission, and administrative leadership for the School. To thrive, the next Dean should bring an accomplished academic record, experience as a seasoned administrator and, above all, an appreciation and understanding of the SOG’s mission and values both in principle and practice. The new Dean will need to demonstrate an understanding of the diverse landscape of North Carolina government, or a plan for how they will thoroughly and enthusiastically acquire this knowledge. The Dean should have experience engaging stakeholders with various viewpoints to form strong, lasting, and supportive partnerships; recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented faculty, staff, and student body; fundraising and increasing revenues; and supporting research and scholarship with a deep grasp of the scholarship of engagement.

The next Dean will build on a solid foundation in growing the SOG’s capacity to serve North Carolina. The Dean will serve as the SOG’s leading ambassador in service to the mission, goals, and culture of the SOG, UNC-CH, and the University of North Carolina System.

Tim McFeeley and Karen Avery are leading this search with Amy Gillespie, Raul Bernal, and Clay Batley.


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