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UNC-CH Chancellor Stepping Down With Class of '08

Posted September 26, 2007

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— UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser received a standing ovation Wednesday after announcing he plans to leave the top post to become a professor at the university.

His voice cracking, Moeser said he'll relinquish the chancellor's job on June 30, 2008, the end of the academic and fiscal year.

UNC System President Erskine Bowles said they have already formed a committee and the search is on for a new chancellor.

As of Aug. 14, Moeser was making an annual salary of $337,800, according to public records.

Moeser said his decision to step down did not signal his retirement. After a year's research leave, Moeser said, he would return to teach freshmen. He also wants to teach faculty about leadership, he said.

The announcement came during his annual "State of the University" speech. Moeser said that making his announcement now gives the UNC Board of Trustees time to begin a search so a successor could begin July 1, 2008.

"He has done an extraordinary job, and he never once settled for less than best," Bowles said.

At 68, Moeser is Carolina's longest-serving chancellor since Christopher Fordham, who retired in 1988 after more than eight years in office.

The UNC Board of Governors unanimously elected Moeser April 14, 2000, and he started Aug. 15. He succeeded Interim Chancellor William McCoy, tapped after Michael Hooker's 1999 death.

Moeser championed a program to provide a Carolina education debt-free to deserving low-income students. He oversaw the most successful private fund-raising campaign in university history and an unprecedented physical transformation of the main campus.

Moeser also managed growth in faculty research funding, adoption of an academic plan, enhancements to undergraduate education and extensive globalization efforts.

A concert organist, he previously served as chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University, and vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of South Carolina.

A native of Colorado City, Texas, Moeser earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in music from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate from the University of Michigan.

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  • elcid89 Sep 27, 2007

    "I could not agree more. My original post was explaining how schools are trying to fill voids that are intentionally neglected and other people have spent their time trying to "prove"(and unsuccessfully so) why they are better than everyone else and deserve more money than their "cousin" institutions."

    Your original posting was little more than a veiled attack on Chapel Hill, nothing more. The simple facts of the matter are that doctors are not locating into rural areas in enough numbers to alleviate the health care crisis in those areas, and they are not doing so for simple economic reasons. Regardless of the focus of your school, it isn't working, and it isn't going to work for simple reasons.

    Doctors take on huge debts to finance medical school, and they are not going to limit their earning ability by choosing to practice in areas that can not offer them what they can make elsewhere. A few devoted souls might, but most will not. That's simple economics.

  • elcid89 Sep 27, 2007

    "$2 Billion in 218 years....thats less than a million a year.

    121 million in 100 years means over a million a year."

    LOL, that's indicative of the caliber of an ECU grad. They can't even do simple math.

    $2 billion over 218 years averages out to slightly less than $10 million per year, not $1 million per year.

  • haggis basher Sep 27, 2007

    "$2 Billion in 218 years....thats less than a million a year.
    121 million in 100 years means over a million a year.

    a Billion is 1000 million not 100 million. Close both and give the money to State!

  • haggis basher Sep 27, 2007

    How much did in-state fees go up during his time in charge and how many useless majors were added? "Useless" as in unlikey to increase the earning capability of those taking them or be of use to the Taxpayers.

  • findoutthefacts Sep 27, 2007

    "I think it is funny that you are arguing about two schools in the same system. It is like trying to argue about which cousin in the family is smarter or better looking. Both schools offer something to the citizens of the state and the Southeast as a whole. Trying to negate the impact that either one has is just idiotic. -wstarhawks"

    I could not agree more. My original post was explaining how schools are trying to fill voids that are intentionally neglected and other people have spent their time trying to "prove"(and unsuccessfully so) why they are better than everyone else and deserve more money than their "cousin" institutions.

  • findoutthefacts Sep 27, 2007

    "In fact, I know several UNC grads who can't find jobs, can't hold onto the ones they do.....got any other arguments there?"
    I'd say that reflects the market, not the school."

    Well, since they lost their jobs or couldn't get them because of drugs and alcohol, you'd know the real reason and quit blaming it on some other factors!

    HA HA - sounds like they aren't any better than the ECU people you are putting down. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

  • findoutthefacts Sep 27, 2007

    "I was referring to the fact that people died in that fire and you were using it to score a cheap point. That's classless, and it's about what I would expect."

    So, the QB at ECU doing something stupid that could have killed people is worse than the person at UNC who did something that actually caused people to die?

    Once again, someone doing something stupid is that same as another doing something stupid - yours just actually cause senseless deaths!

  • wstarhawks Sep 27, 2007

    I think it is funny that you are arguing about two schools in the same system. It is like trying to argue about which cousin in the family is smarter or better looking.
    Both schools offer something to the citizens of the state and the Southeast as a whole. Trying to negate the impact that either one has is just idiotic.

  • findoutthefacts Sep 27, 2007

    $2 Billion in 218 years....thats less than a million a year.

    121 million in 100 years means over a million a year.

  • elcid89 Sep 27, 2007

    "Have any factual statistics of the number of partiers at ECU vs. UNC? I've been on both campuses and seen equal amounts on both!"

    Yea. The grades they post.

    "In fact, I know several UNC grads who can't find jobs, can't hold onto the ones they do.....got any other arguments there?"

    I'd say that reflects the market, not the school. End of the day: you'll always be trailing us, and that's just how it is.

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