University of North Carolina at Asheville in North Carolina

Date Posted March 31, 2014

Asheville, NC


The Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chancellor. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. Anne Ponder, who will retire at the end of July 2014 after nine years of distinguished contributions to the university and its community.

UNC Asheville is one of 17 institutions comprising the University of North Carolina, and is the system's only designated liberal arts campus. This unique mission emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience. In recognition of its leadership profile in liberal arts education, in 2009 UNC Asheville was chosen as the first national headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Under Chancellor Ponder's leadership, UNC Asheville's programs, campus facilities, and resources have been significantly enhanced as has its reputation throughout the state and nation. The university is financially strong, and its recent bond rating of A1 cited its positive enrollment, strength of mission, depth of leadership team, and location. UNC Asheville is recognized for its academic quality, student access to faculty, prominent undergraduate research, its successful Division I athletics program, quality of life both on campus and in town, and great value. It is among just 75 institutions nationwide noted as a "Best Value" public college by The Princeton Review consistently.

In fall 2013, UNC Asheville enrolled over 3,700 undergraduate students who are supported by over 330 full- and part-time high-quality faculty in an environment distinguished by its robust student-faculty interaction. The university offers more than 30 majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Liberal Arts degrees.

The university's location in the heart of a culturally rich and geographically appealing region of western North Carolina provides the campus with additional distinction. Over recent years, UNC Asheville's leadership team has brought the university into the community and the community into the university, and this partnership promoting "Asheville's University" has produced significant benefits to both.

The dedicated faculty and staff are proud of UNC Asheville's accomplishments in providing students with strong academic and life experiences, and look forward to partnering with the new Chancellor in further extending that mission.

The new Chancellor will express a passion for the mission of a public liberal arts education and will sharpen the "value proposition" that this education provides to students and their careers. The Chancellor will serve as a persuasive advocate for the university at the local and state levels, and lead efforts to raise new resources from the university's growing constituents.

UNC Asheville's next Chancellor will have the opportunity to lead a special and vibrant university towards future successes, work closely with dedicated faculty and staff, partner extensively in the community and beyond, and reside in one of the nation's most attractive settings.

A complete leadership profile can be viewed at Review of candidates will begin in mid-May 2014. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 12, 2014. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position requirements, a current C.V. and contact information for at least five references (references will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate).

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

John K. Thornburgh and Katherine Haley, Ph.D.

Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer at 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Questions may be directed to John Thornburgh at 412-209-2666 or Kate Haley at 603-748-4399.

UNC Asheville Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of educational experiences for our students. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, or ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against students, applicants, or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.