Connecting. Challenging. Championing. For more than two centuries, Carolina’s visionaries have steered the University forward by asking for excellence from its students, faculty and staff – and promising the same in return. Meet the leaders who continue this legacy.

Board of Trustees members gather in July 2017 to be sworn in.

UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees members take the oath of office. July 27, 2017.

Board of Trustees

Strong guidance, responsive stewardship and sound decision-making: The Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the flagship campus of the UNC System, provides all these actions as it works to ensure that the University serves the people of North Carolina. The 13-person board advises the UNC Board of Governors on behalf of Carolina and advises the chancellor on issues of campus management and development, advancing excellence that will benefit Carolina’s students, the state and all the member institutions of the UNC System for years to come.

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Chancellor Carol L. Folt

Chancellor Carol L. Folt


Carol L. Folt is Carolina’s 11th chancellor and 29th in the lineage of leaders that dates back to Carolina’s founding. An internationally recognized life scientist, award-winning teacher and accomplished academic leader, Folt has worked to fulfill her leadership mission by placing Carolina’s students at the center, advancing the University’s academic excellence, championing Carolina as a leading global public research university and focusing on innovation that translates world-class ideas into real-world applications. Folt came to Carolina from Dartmouth College, where she was interim president in 2012-2013 and served as a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences and an academic leader.

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Bob Blouin in meeting.

Robert A. Blouin Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost


Robert A. “Bob” Blouin is Carolina’s executive vice chancellor and provost. The provost serves as the chief operating officer of the University and works in unison with the chancellor to lead critically important pan-university initiatives. The provost also has oversight responsibilities for budget and planning.

Alongside Folt, Blouin plays a central leadership role in implementing Carolina’s first-ever strategic framework, an initiative that will guide University growth over the next decade. He believes a key mission of the provost is to ensure Carolina attracts, develops and retains leading faculty members focused on preparing students for success in a rapidly changing global economy.

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