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UNC hires consultant in president search

The University of North Carolina system has hired a Texas consulting company to aid in its search for a new president, officials said Monday.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system has hired a Texas consulting company to aid in its search for a new president, officials said Monday.

UNC Board of Governors Chairwoman Hannah Gage said Dallas-based R. William Funk & Associates will be paid $100,000 plus expenses to help the board identify and screen candidates to replace President Erskine Bowles.

Bowles announced in February that he would retire at the end of 2010 after serving as the chief executive of the 17-campus UNC system for five years.

More than 20 search firms offered their services to the Board of Governors, but Gage said a search panel liked Funk's previous experience in working with UNC institutions and its track record of finding administrators for universities nationwide, from Cornell University to the University of Virginia to the University of Southern California.

The consultant's fees and expenses will be paid for with private funds, Gage said.

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