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Message from Chancellor Guskiewicz on Jonathan Pruitt

Jonathan Pruitt, Carolina's vice chancellor for finance and operations, will be joining the UNC System as the chief operating officer at the start of August.

Jonathan Pruitt
(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to share that Jonathan Pruitt, vice chancellor for finance and operations, will be leaving Carolina to return to the UNC System office as chief operating officer of the UNC System, effective Aug. 1.

Jonathan joined the University in January 2018, after serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the UNC System, where he worked for 11 years. At Carolina, he led campus-wide financial planning and budgeting; treasury and risk management; facilities planning, construction and operations; real estate development; purchasing; public safety; campus enterprises; environment, health and safety; and energy services.

In his time here, he created a new University budgeting process to improve financial transparency and decision-making, led the University’s tuition and fees process with a focus on maintaining affordability, directed the development and approval of a new campus master plan, and served as a key contributor to the University’s new strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. He has also been an integral member of my leadership team during one of the University’s most challenging times, the global COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, his counsel and skill on finance, facilities and risk management has been invaluable as we worked to develop and implement the University’s Roadmap for Fall 2020.

With his deep expertise, sound judgment, and calm demeanor, Jonathan will be an asset to incoming UNC System President Peter Hans. Fortunately, for us, Jonathan has put an excellent senior leadership team in place, which will report to me until an interim vice chancellor is appointed.

We will launch a search to identify Jonathan’s successor and will share information about that process as soon as it is available. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Jonathan and wishing him well in his new position.


Kevin M. Guskiewicz