Consultant hired to help find next UNC president

Posted May 29, 2015

UNC President Tom Ross answers a question during a Jan. 16, 2015, news conference about his departure from the role at the beginning of 2016.

— The University of North Carolina system on Friday hired a consultant to help conduct a nationwide search for a new president.

President Tom Ross, who has led the 17-campus UNC system for more than four years, has been asked by the system's Board of Governors to step down next January.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, will help help the board's presidential search committee identify potential successors by refining position specifications and advertising strategies, identifying and recruiting candidates and coordinating the interview and selection process, officials said.

Founded in 1982, Isaacson, Miller has engaged in more than 5,500 executive searches for, among others, the City University of New York system, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, Lehigh University, the University of California system, Pennsylvania State University, Vanderbilt University and New York University. The firm also recently led Duke University’s searches for a provost and a chancellor of Duke University Medical Center.

The firm, which was selected from among 18 applicants, will be paid $150,000, plus expenses, officials said, noting that none of the money will come from state funds.

The search committee is holding four regional forums to gather public input about what they want in the next UNC president. Three were this week in Asheville, Greenville and Durham, and the fourth will be in Charlotte on Monday.

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  • Norman Lewis Jun 1, 2015
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    How much will this publicly funded "consultant" cost and how much will tuition increase to cover this overpriced search?