UNC sets committees to search for Bowles' successor

Posted March 4, 2010

— The UNC Board of Governors on Thursday established its process for selecting the successor to University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles, who said last month that he would retire by the end of the year.

The board has split the search process among three committees.

One will solicit public input and draw up a statement for what UNC is looking for in its next president. The second will hire a consultant to perform a nationwide search and will screen candidates to narrow the pool. The third will set salary and benefits parameters for the new president and will select the finalists for the entire board to review.

Five chancellors, including UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp, and the chairman of the trustees of nine UNC campuses will serve on the 25-member committee to solicit public input. The other two committees include only members of the Board of Governors.

No timetable for the search was set.

Bowles was named UNC president in January 2006, and he said last month that he had always planned to stay in the position for no more than five years.

He recently was named co-chairman of a bipartisan panel that President Barack Obama wants to devise plans to rein in federal deficits.


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  • NCPictures Mar 4, 2010

    How about someone NOT in the Good Ole Boys Network this time???

  • truth9806 Mar 4, 2010

    This is a dues’ paying democrat held job, selected by the blue dog back room members. The committee is just a formality.

    Anyone who thinks differently does not know NC politics!

  • pyrosinthesky Mar 4, 2010

    Nah, time4real should be the next one. Expert on all sorts of subjects, just ask him/her. :-)

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  • Nikka Mar 4, 2010

    I don't understand this 4 year degree requirement for this position... they are paying high school grad wages.


    1. Increase starting salary
    2. Lower the requirement to a high school diploma

    That will add many qualified applicants.

  • cwood3 Mar 4, 2010

    I nominate John Edwards or Mary Easley. Both have been on the payroll of the University, both have much public experience, both are lawyers,... What more would a fine university want???

  • jrfergerson Mar 4, 2010

    Erskine Bowles is under the protection of the President now and cannot be linked in charges in hiring easly's wife. He found a way out of being prosecuted. Maybe they will find someone with moral, values and character higher than his to fill his position.

  • Wild and Crazy Guy Mar 4, 2010

    "Shouldn't be too hard."

    Unemployment so high, there should be lot's to choose from. I bet they could get out cheap on the deal. If it were me, I'd only want about 2-3 hundred thousand a year for something like that. I bet that's a bargain for what Mr. Bowles made.

  • timothycapwell Mar 4, 2010

    I nominate Del Burns. He's been in education for over 30 years!!! And his policies work!!! He'd fit right in over in Chapel Hill! He'll bus U of NC at Chapel Hill students to U of NC at Wilmington to achieve diversity. He'll also bus U of NC at Greensboro students to U of NC at Asheville for the same reason! It'll be wonderful!

  • WHEEL Mar 4, 2010

    Shouldn't be too hard.