Important Message from Chancellor Moeser
September 26, 2007
Dear Carolina students, faculty and staff:
During today’s annual "State of the University" address, I announced my decision to relinquish the position of chancellor of this great University on June 30, 2008, the end of the fiscal year. After a year's research leave, I will return with the most exalted title that Carolina confers — professor. This timing gives the Board of Trustees the opportunity to search for my successor and for this individual to begin July 1, 2008.
Working together, we will keep Carolina on its current incredible roll. Our success is a great tribute to all of you, as well as our alumni, parents, donors, friends, the leaders of the UNC system and the people of North Carolina.
This year’s first-year class is again the most academically qualified in our history. We have improved how we pay, recruit and retain faculty — the University's number one priority. The Carolina First Campaign ends in three months well over the $2 billion goal. Faculty keep setting new records for research funding. The General Assembly just created what will become an annual $50 million fund for cancer research — the equivalent of a $1 billion endowment. Universities nationwide are modeling debt-free initiatives for deserving low-income students after the Carolina Covenant. A massive $2.1 billion building program is adding 6 million square feet to main campus when we are ultimately increasing green space and keeping a strong commitment to sustainability. Every part of the University is positioned for the kind of distinction that we expect at Carolina.
During the next year, I look forward to working with the trustees, the academic leadership, the faculty and the Carolina community in addressing some of the most critical issues that will determine UNC's future. They include preparing for enrollment growth, maintaining our ability to compete in the research arena, and planning to recruit a whole generation of faculty.
Susan and I have come to love Carolina with every fiber of our being over these past seven years. I look forward to working with the Carolina community this year to keep UNC's momentum strong.