Gray-Little selected as Kansas chancellorMay 29, 2009
With very mixed feelings, I write to tell you that Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little has been selected to be the new chancellor of the University of Kansas, effective Aug. 15.
This is a huge loss for Carolina and a great gain for Kansas. Bernadette made her career here at Carolina for more than three decades – as a professor of psychology, as a senior associate dean for undergraduate education, executive associate provost, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and, most recently as executive vice chancellor and provost. In every role, Bernadette has served with the highest level of integrity and the best interest of the University in mind. Carolina is better because of her.
While we are losing a great colleague, I take pride in knowing that one of our own has been tapped to lead a sister AAU institution.
On a personal note, I will especially miss Bernadette. I’ve had the good fortune to work with her over the years, and in my first year as chancellor, I have leaned on her for her knowledge of the University, her wise counsel and her friendship. These are difficult times to be without her leadership. Along with Dick Mann, Bernadette has been helping us capably navigate through this very challenging financial environment.
This is a big job: The executive vice chancellor and provost serves as chief academic officer and oversees all academic operations, including 13 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Library, a variety of centers and several cultural and educational units. So I know how important it is to have an effective interim provost and, ultimately, to identify a new executive vice chancellor and provost.
That’s why I’m so pleased to tell you that Bruce Carney, currently interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has agreed to serve as interim executive vice chancellor and provost. Bruce, who is the Samuel Baron Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been a member of our faculty since 1980. Before he served as interim College dean, he was senior associate dean, overseeing a dozen academic departments and programs in the sciences. Bruce and I have worked together in previous administrative roles, and I’m confident that his skills and integrity will serve us well. He has indicated that he will not be a candidate for the permanent position.
I will move quickly to form a search committee to identify a permanent executive vice chancellor and provost, and I promise to keep you informed.
In the meantime, please join me in thanking Bernadette for her service to Carolina and in wishing her the best in Kansas and in thanking Bruce Carney for helping us once more during a transition period.