Vice Chancellor for Research AppointmentMarch 24, 2011
Dear Faculty and Staff:
Earlier today, our Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Barbara Entwisle, Kenan Professor of Sociology and a 26-year veteran of our faculty, as the vice chancellor for research, effective tomorrow.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney and I enthusiastically recommended taking the word “interim” out of Barbara’s current title. She has served as interim vice chancellor for research and economic development since last August. In that role, Barbara has been a great addition to our administrative team and has effectively championed the University’s research enterprise. She brings extensive experience in leading the Carolina Population Center, one of our most distinguished research units. She understands multidisciplinary research – a hallmark of this University -- extraordinarily well and has the skills and insights we need to help keep Carolina competitive nationally.
As vice chancellor, Entwisle leads a campus-wide research program that attracted $803 million in contract and grant funding in fiscal 2010 – more than double the amount from a decade ago. She is responsible for connecting academic units across the campus with University priorities and managing research support offices. Select centers and institutes also report to her office.
Many of you know that Barbara is a distinguished social demographer who studies population, health and environment. She joined the sociology department in 1985 and from 2002 until last summer directed the Carolina Population Center. Faculty, staff and students affiliated with the center work in 85 countries around the world. Last year, the center brought in more than $47 million in external research funding.
Barbara has been honored for distinguished teaching, mentoring and research training. She is past president of the Population Association of America (PAA), a former editor of Demography (the PAA’s flagship journal) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has been elected to serve as president of the Sociological Research Association in 2014-2015.
Please join me in congratulating Barbara on her appointment. We’re also grateful to Karen Gil, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for chairing the search committee and to her fellow committee members for their work in bringing this search to a successful conclusion.