Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at UNC will step down
Posted November 20, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Karen Gil, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is stepping down at the end of the 2014-15 academic school year, the school announced Thursday.
Gil, who has led the College of Arts and Sciences since 2009, will return to teaching in the department of psychology.
"There is never a 'best' time to leave a job that you love. I have been inspired by the many innovations that are revolutionizing the way we teach and help students learn, and I am excited to get back into the classroom to apply these myself," Gil wrote in an email to faculty and staff on Nov. 19.
Gil also wrote that is time for new leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences as the school works to implement reforms put in place in the wake of a 20-year academic scandal in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.
Gil was mentioned in a report by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein but not implicated in the scandal.
In a news release about Gil stepping down, Chancellor Carol Folt praised Gil for her leadership.
"Since becoming dean in 2009, she has advocated tirelessly for students, staff and faculty, and helped ensure that the College, home to the vast majority of all our undergraduates, remains a place many call the 'heart and soul of the University,'" Folt said in a statement.
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNC's largest academic unit, with more than 16,000 undergraduates and nearly 2,600 graduate students.