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Leadership

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

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

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, a neuroscientist, academic leader and concussion researcher, is the 12th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Guskiewicz served as the interim chancellor from February 2019 until December 2019. In that role, he held over 25 listening and learning sessions with constituents across campus. He was instrumental in shaping Carolina’s new strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good that outlines a roadmap for the University’s priorities moving forward. He relaunched the Tar Heel Bus Tour with 90 faculty and campus leaders, demonstrating Carolina’s commitment to the state.

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Provost

Christopher Clemens is the provost and chief academic officer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clemens came to Carolina in 1998 from Caltech, where he was a Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Fellow in Astronomy. Previously, he was a NASA Hubble Fellow at Iowa State University and received his Ph.D. in astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin (1994) and a Bachelor of Science in astrophysics from the University of Oklahoma (1985). He is a dedicated mentor of graduate students and in 2012 received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.

He leads an active research program in stellar astrophysics, exoplanetary astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation. He led a research team of graduate and undergraduate students to build the facility spectrograph for the 4.1-meter SOAR telescope in Chile, which is operated by Carolina in collaboration with national and international partners.

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