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UNC Asheville Chancellor

University of North Carolina Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
Commensurate with qualifications
Start date
Aug 30, 2023

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Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Full Time

UNC Asheville Chancellor

University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) is seeking to hire its next chancellor. The university is North Carolina’s only designated public liberal arts and sciences university and is consistently ranked as one of the top liberal arts universities in the nation. Widely recognized for its outstanding faculty, top-notch academics, and championship-winning NCAA division 1 Athletics. UNC Asheville is home to approximately 3000 undergraduate students and 732 full and part-time faculty and staff who integrate experiential learning into the curriculum, emphasizing undergraduate research, internships, and service-learning experiences.

Small class size, award-winning faculty, and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster creativity and adaptability among students and graduates seeking to make an impact on a changing world. The work being done by the University’s faculty, staff, and students further enhance their reputations as innovators, changemakers, and leaders in their fields.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is a vibrant city renowned for its unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and artistic spirit. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway provides awe-inspiring vistas and hiking trails, and the surrounding scenery of over 500,000 acres of forests provides opportunities for an exciting assortment of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Within the lively city of Asheville, a thriving city of independent businesses and eclectic dining opportunities.

The Chancellor serves as the administrative and executive head of the institution and exercises this authority subject to the direction of the President of the University of North Carolina System. Consistent with federal and state law and university policy, the Chancellor will fulfill the responsibilities of this role by operating within the governance structure of the UNC System. Effective leadership will involve working closely with the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees, the UNC System President, the UNC Board of Governors, members of the North Carolina General Assembly, the Governor and Executive Branch leaders, North Carolina’s Congressional delegation, students, faculty, and staff, and other government, community, and business representatives.

In addition to valuing the unique interaction of teaching, research, and community engagement that exists at UNC Asheville as a public institution within the UNC System, the Chancellor should demonstrate a knowledge of board governance and relations in a complex institutional setting, a commitment to public education, and an unwav­ering advocacy of the role of UNC Asheville in the community, region, state, nation, and the world. UNCA seeks a leader who has a commitment to public higher education and the mission of UNC Asheville. Click here to view the complete leadership statement.

Individuals interested in being considered for the Chancellorship of UNC Asheville are encouraged to apply. For fullest consideration, candidates must submit a letter of interest and a Curriculum Vitae/Resume by September 25, 2023.

The position will remain open until filled. Candidates will be notified before their references are contacted. The UNC Asheville Search Advisory Committee will consider candidates and conduct interviews. The Committee will recommend at least three candidates to the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees who will then recommend at least three finalists to the President. The President will nominate one candidate to the UNC Board of Governors for election. Under North Carolina law, the names and personal information of candidates remain confidential throughout the search process and beyond.

Points of Contact:
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed via electronic mail to

For other questions, contact Lynn Duffy, senior associate vice president for leadership development and talent acquisition, UNC System Office, at

For more information about the search process, please visit the UNC Asheville Chancellor Search website at

The University of North Carolina Asheville strives to cultivate an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and free from discrimination. UNC Asheville is committed to adhering to all applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination, ensuring equal opportunities for education and employment for all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This policy reinforces the university’s commitment to making employment decisions based on the principles of equal employment opportunity and with the intent to further UNC Asheville’s commitment to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

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