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UNC System Board of Governors to choose new UNC-Asheville chancellor in special meeting

Nov 28, 2023 | 12:05 pm ET
By Joe Killian
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UNC System Board of Governors to choose new UNC-Asheville chancellor in special meeting
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UNC-Asheville. (Image: UNC-Ashville)

The UNC System Board of Governors will meet in a special virtual session Wednesday to approve a new chancellor for UNC-Asheville.

The board’s Committee on University Personnel will meet in closed session at 10:30 a.m. followed by a meeting of the full board at 11 a.m. Both meetings will be livestreamed through the PBS North Carolina website.

The selection of UNC-Asheville’s next chancellor comes more than a year after previous Chancellor Nancy Cable announced she would step down to head the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill. The selection committee began its work last summer in late July.

UNC-Asheville, which serves about 3,000 total students, has had five chancellors in the last eight years.

Dr. Kimberly van Noort, previously interim provost, has served as interim chancellor since Cable left the university’s top leadership position at the end of 2022. Though the system launched a national search for the UNC-Asheville’s next chancellor van Noort,  with her long experience in various roles in higher education and the UNC System and close ties to system leadership, was seen as a likely finalist.

“Dr. van Noort will bring her considerable skills and academic experience to lead UNC Asheville,” UNC System President Peter Hans said in announcing her as interim chancellor in October of 2022. “A strong champion of the liberal arts, she has a deep understanding of UNC Asheville’s unique role and its critical importance to the state.”

In the six years before becoming interim provost at UNC-Asheville, van Noort held several positions with the UNC System, including senior vice president for academic affairs. Before her work with the UNC System she spent 20 years as a faculty member and leader at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she taught French and served as associate vice provost for undergraduate studies, director of University College and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts.