UNC Board of Governors member Craig Souza, pictured during the board's meeting at East Carolina University in April 2015, is among 12 board members selected for the presidential search committee. For a list of all committees and members, visit (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU to host input session as UNC president search begins

May 14, 2014

East Carolina University will host one of four regional input sessions for the public, faculty, staff, students and alumni to give their thoughts on the qualities most needed in the new University of North Carolina president.

UNC President Tom Ross will step down in January 2016 after five years of distinguished service, and the UNC Board of Governors has begun to search for the next leader of the 17-campus system.

All those involved in the search process are committed to finding a proven leader with the experience, skills and vision needed to build on the university’s long tradition of excellence and further its mission of teaching, research and service to the state.

As the committee begins this critically important work, members are asking for public input that can be used to help shape the leadership profile of the next president.

There are several ways to participate in the presidential search process. Comments and feedback can be submitted through the following methods:

  1. Presidential Search Survey
    Complete a brief electronic survey that will help identify the characteristics and priorities essential to the success of the next UNC president. To take the survey, visit through May 22.

  2. Regional Input Sessions
    Make plans to attend one of four regional input sessions. Each session also will be streamed live. Find the link at and comment via social media (#uncsearch).

    May 26, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    UNC Asheville
    Sherrill Center, Asheville

    The regional input session will take place in the Mountain View Reception Room 417. Attendees may park in the deck adjacent to the Sherrill Center in lot P9.

    May 27, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    East Carolina University at ECU
    East Carolina Heart Institute, Greenville

    The regional input session will take place in the Education and Technology Center, room 1415. Parking attendants will be available to direct attendees.

    May 28, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    North Carolina Central University
    Mary Townes Science Complex, Durham

    The regional input session will take place in Room 111.
    Attendees may park in the Science Complex parking lots on Lawson Street.

    June 1, 2015 – 7 p.m.
    UNC Charlotte
    Harris Alumni Center, Charlotte

    The regional input session will take place in the Allen Tate Great Hall. Attendees may park in Lot 27 on Alumni Way. Attendees who require ADA accessible parking may park in the circle drive in front of the building.

  3. Email (
    Email your comments, questions or nominations to the Search Committee.

  4. Presidential Search Website ( Check the Presidential Search website regularly for important updates and announcements.