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Statewide Advisory Committee Named to Help Shape UNC System's Future Plans


PRESS RELEASE by the University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina President Thomas Ross and UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans today announced the creation of the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions.  This blue-ribbon group, which includes business, education, and government leaders from across the state, as well as selected Board members, UNC Chancellors, and faculty leadership, will provide vital input in the development of the next five-year strategic plan for the 17-campus University.

President Ross and the Board of Governors are working collaboratively to define the University’s strategic directions for 2013-18.  These core goals are pivotal in setting current and future priorities, resource planning and allocation, program planning, review and refinement of academic missions, and strategic planning by UNC constituent institutions and affiliated entities.  They also must reflect the University’s deep commitment to help North Carolina respond to changing state needs and economic challenges.

In support of that effort, this special Advisory Committee chaired by President Ross will help assess North Carolina’s current and future workforce needs and recommend degree attainment goals and strategies that are responsive to those needs and changing demographics.  The group may also consider recommendations related to higher academic standards and competencies required for a globally competitive workforce.  The Advisory Committee will evaluate relevant data and available information in order to complete its work and make a consensus recommendation to President Ross in January 2013.

“The composition of this special Advisory Committee reflects our commitment to reach out across North Carolina for input and guidance,” said President Ross. “We want and need the advice and collaboration of business and state leaders so that we can hone our priorities for the future and respond more effectively to changing state needs.”

The following members of the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions were announced today.  Additional members may be added.

UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions

  • Tom Ross, President, University of North Carolina
  • Peter Hans, Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
  • Fred Eshelman, Member, UNC Board of Governors 
  • Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore, North Carolina Senate
  • Thom Tillis, Speaker, North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Steve Ballard, Chancellor, East Carolina University
  • Mahdu Beriwal, President and CEO, IEM
  • Peaches Blank, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro
  • Charles Brink, Chair, UNC Staff Assembly; Staff Member, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Jack Cecil, President, Biltmore Farms
  • Janet Cowell, State Treasurer
  • Keith Crisco, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Lew Ebert, President, North Carolina Chamber
  • William Friday, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
  • Paul Fulton, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Hannah Gage, Immediate Past Chair, UNC Board of Governors
  • Frank Grainger, Vice Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
  • Robert Ingram, Retired Executive, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Leroy Lail, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T North Carolina 
  • Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ken Peacock, Chancellor, Appalachian State University
  • Art Pope, CEO, Variety Wholesalers
  • Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System
  • Catherine Rigsby, Chair, UNC Faculty Assembly; faculty member, East Carolina University
  • Jeff Tarte, Health Care Consultant
  • Holden Thorp, Chancellor, UNC-Chapel Hill

About UNC

The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.