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Interim Chancellor Named At UNC School Of The Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:13

CHAPEL HILL - Brian Cole has been neamed interim chancellor of UNC School of the Arts. The appointment will be effective August 1, 2019.

Since 2016, Cole has served as the dean of the School of Music at UNCSA. In that capacity, he oversees operations at the school and all programs at the graduate, undergraduate and high school levels, as well as the Summer Intensive Programs and the UNCSA Community Music School. In addition, he has served as the executive director for two pre-professional graduate institutes at the school: the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute and the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute.

“Brian Cole’s impressive international background in the arts and his leadership experience made him the ideal candidate to step in and lead UNCSA,” said UNC System Interin President Dr. Roper. “Throughout this selection process, I found Brian’s reputation and professionalism to be of the highest caliber, and many stakeholders at UNCSA have reached out to offer enthusiastic support for this appointment. Brian is an innovator, collaborator and deep thinker, and I have the utmost confidence that he will succeed in this new interim position.”

In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for Advancement at UNCSA, Brian Cole has served as the lead for advancement projects for the School of Music. Under his leadership, the School has doubled merit-based scholarship resources through major gifts totaling $4 million, and has achieved a 150 percent increase in applications.

“I’m honored to be stepping into the role of interim chancellor at UNCSA, an institution I so strongly believe in,” said Brian Cole. “In my position as dean of the School of Music since 2016, I have been continuously inspired by the level of talent and dedication of the students, alumni, faculty and staff throughout this unique institution, and by the collaborative and creative ethos that permeates the school. I look forward to working closely with our Board President Ralph Womble, the Board and administration to propel the school forward during this time of transition, in particular supporting UNCSA’s first comprehensive campaign in 20 years, which launches publicly this fall. This is a transformative time for UNCSA and I look forward to continuing the momentum.”

Additional accomplishments as dean include developing the first-ever strategic plan for the School of Music, which establishes ambitious five-year goals, including the expansion and integration of the UNCSA Community Music School, a revision and modernization of existing academic programs, and the creation of new graduate and undergraduate program options. Cole also developed international partnerships for the UNCSA School of Music with institutions in Germany, Austria, Spain, and a consortium of six universities and high schools in China. 

Cole is an accomplished international conductor, leading orchestras and operas throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. He has served the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as conducting assistant and also as assistant conductor for the May Festival. He has also served as assistant conductor and director of education and outreach programs for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and as music director for the Concert Orchestra of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Cole served four years as the founding dean of Academic Affairs at Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain. Before that, he served seven years as associate dean of Academic Affairs at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

At the Berklee College of Music’s Valencia campus, the college’s first international campus outside of Boston, Cole oversaw all college programs, which included four graduate majors in Music Production; Technology and Innovation; Global Entertainment and Music Business; Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; and Contemporary Performance. While there, he led a robust study abroad program for students on Berklee’s Boston campus and other partner institutions, and he helped to design and implement an intensive summer study abroad program for students from around the world.

At the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, one of the largest schools of music in Latin America, Cole supervised graduate and undergraduate performance programs in classical, jazz and Caribbean music. He also led a substantial curricular expansion, launching graduate degrees in classical, jazz and Caribbean music performance, as well as in orchestral and choral conducting. He was also integral in the development of international exchange programs between the Puerto Rico Conservatory and musical institutions in both North and South America, including Berklee.

While at the Puerto Rico Conservatory, Cole worked with the chancellor on all aspects of the final development of and move to the Conservatory’s new $45 million facilities in Miramar (San Juan). He also directly assisted the chancellor in the planning and completion of a successful $3.5 million capital campaign, which equipped the institution’s new facilities, including more than 100 new pianos to convert the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music into an All-Steinway School.

Cole is a doctoral candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Illinois and his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Louisiana State University. He has memberships in several professional associations, including the League of American Orchestras, the College Music Society and the Association of European Conservatories, among others.

Cole will lead UNC School of the Arts as interim following the departure of Lindsay Bierman, who will step down July 31 after five years as chancellor of UNCSA. Bierman was appointed by Dr. Roper as the new chief executive officer of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina and will assume that role on August 12, 2019. Both UNCSA and UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina are a part of the University of North Carolina System.

 
House Makes Appointment To State Board Of Community Colleges PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:13

Mr. Hari N. Nath of Cary, N.C. was appointed Thursday to a six-year term on the State Board of Community Colleges by the North Carolina House of Representatives.  

 
Mr. Nath, a retired entrepreneur, received a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Jodhpur in India. 
 
Mr. Nath previously served on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. 
 
“Hari brings a wealth of experience to the table,” said state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland).  “His extensive background in higher education and entrepreneurship will serve our community college system well.” 
 
A successful businessman, Mr. Nath founded an IT consulting firm in Research Triangle Park in 1987 and was chosen as the “Small Business Person of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1994.
 
Since retiring in 2001, Mr. Nath has spent his time giving back to his community, currently serving as chairman of the board of advisors for a Cary-based non-profit that provides transitional housing for low-income citizens. 
 
Mr. Nath’s term on the 20-member board will begin on July 1, 2019 and extend through June 30, 2025.
North Carolina’s State Board of Community Colleges oversees 58 institutions in the third largest community college system in the country.  
 
NC Teaching Fellows Named PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:08

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission has selected 133 individuals for the 2019 class of North Carolina Teaching Fellows. The Commission received over 200 applications. The commission used GPA, standardized test scores, leadership and experience, and written essays to narrow this pool of applicants down to roughly 150 finalists. The commission determined the list of Fellows after conducting in-person interviews with each finalist, which were held at six different locations around the state or by phone.

Those named as Fellows may attend any of five partner institutions: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina State University, Elon University or Meredith College.

“The North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is recruiting and supporting our state’s best and brightest to enter fulfilling careers in our schools,” said Dean Mary Ann Danowitz of N.C. State, the commission’s chair. “I congratulate each Teaching Fellow on their achievement. Their success will contribute to a promising future, because their talent and dedication will help increase student success in North Carolina’s classrooms.”

The following individuals have been named as 2019 Teaching Fellows:

 

Name

Pranav Arrepu

City

Concord

Ashlyn Barbee 

Zebulon

Madison Beddingfield

Arden

Morgan Bellanger

Winston-Salem

Lucy Bergwall

Durham

Jocelyn Berry

Hendersonville

Lindsey Blackwell

Mt. Holly

Lisa Bohn

Chapel Hill

Katherine Bone

Cary

Dominique Boseman

Burlington

Samantha Bowen

King

Glen Brain

Burlington

Rachel Brinson

Edenton

Hopelyn Bursell

Albemarle

Myah Childs

Fayetteville

Brittani Clark

Durham

Kayley Clifton

Garner

Nicole Confroy

Apex

Caitlin Corle

Asheville

Lauren Dailey

High Point

Jaclyn Deal

Hiddenite

Tara Dorsett

Raleigh

Madison Drumheller

Vale

Kayly Duran

Locust

Ariana Ehuan

Chapel Hill

Alyssa Eickler

Wake Forest

Anna Faulk

Cerro Gordo

Molly Feezor

Lexington

Madison Findley

Fuquary-Varina

Taylor Fipps

Willow Spring

Elizabeth Foushee

Graham

Christopher Fyfe

Waxhaw

Katelin Gagliano

Fuquary-Varina

Howard Glover

Charlotte

Gabrielle Groom

Raleigh

Stephanie Guill

Ringgold, VA

Samuel Hammett

Kernersville

Amanda Hansen

Apex

Daniel Harmon

Apex

Jessica Harvey

Asheville

Jennifer Henderson

Siler City

Abria Herring

Greensboro

Abigail Hester

Gastonia

Nancy Hindman

Durham

Anna Hinson

Haw River

Carl Hintz

Chapel Hill

Kaelyn Hixson

Asheville

Madison Horn

Rural Hall

Jana Hunter

Salemburg

Kelly Hunter

Fairfield

Ethan Jenkins

Cerro Gordo

Anne Johnson

Apex

Alyssa Johnson

Kannapolis

Anna Johnson

Apex

Julia Johnson

Raleigh

Madeleine Jones

Wake Forest

Spencer Joseph

Tyner

Allison Kauffman

Asheboro

Brittany Kennon

Clayton

Mihir Khadri

Cary

Kathryn King

Hendersonville

Bradley Kozelek

Cary

Wesley Lemons

Clemmons

Makayla Lewis

Garner

Madison Liddle

Harrisburg

Amber Long

Roxboro

Shana Loudermelk

Taylorsville

Mary Lovins

Boone

Jacob Matson

Matthews

Harrison McLamb

Roseboro

Lisandra Mejia

Zionville

Anson Millard

Youngsville

Emma Miller

Apex

Jessica Moore

Lenior

Cameron Moore

Raleigh

Ainsley Moore

Salisbury

Paula Murray

Burlington

Michelle Neish

Sanford

Isabella Nunez

Charlotte

Kate O'Neill

Gastonia

Katelyn Orzechowski

Frederick, MD

Samantha Penny

Collegeville, PA

Amber Petrusa

Apex

Jasmine Pham

Apex

Emma Pickard

Graham

Hannah Pittman

Shallotte

Alexis Porter

Gastonia

Gracie Prevette

Ronda

Elizabeth Pridgen

Kenly

Alexandra Ramirez-Tinoco

Siler City

Jackson Ray

Edenton

Kailey Rea

Pine Level

Josh Reddick

Sophia

Jennifer Riggs

Winterville

Jazmin Rivera

Cary

Sophia Rupkalvis

Southport

Savanna Rush

Boomer

Erin Russell

Taylorsville

Virginie Santiago

Carthage

Kayleigh Saunders

Ramseur

Sydney Schmalzried

Fuquary Varina

Keisha Schmitt

Sanford

Kayla Schmitz

Apex

Emma Schneider

Asheville

Brittany Scott

Nashville

Caitlin Shepherd

North Wilkesboro

Alexis Shires

Lincolnton

Amanda Shroyer

Matthews

Rachel Simmons

Morrisville

Kiya Simpson

Rolesville

Jillian Slowinski

Greenville

Grace Snipes

Cary

Noelle Stam

Morrisville

Mackenzie Stender

Apex

Virginia Stevens

Bennett

Evan Stewart

Efland

Kailee Storie

Raleigh

Amanda Swearingen

Durham

Marissa Thomas

Sanford

Mikayla Thompson

Whitakers

Nathaly Trinidad

Asheboro

Mackenzie Trollinger

Mebane

Madelyn Tyrrell

Matthews

Josiah Vanderkin

Cary

Rachel von Sprecken

Bolivia

Julia Ward

Williamston

Lori Washington

Charlotte

Grace Weatherston

Matthews

Kaitlynn Wells

Sanford

Alora Wilson

Bakersville

Abby Yount

Mocksville

Abigail Zentmeyer

Kannapolis

 

 

 

The mission of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit, prepare, and support the state’s most promising students to attend North Carolina's top education programs. Fellows will receive up to $4,125 per semester in forgivable loans if they commit to teach in a STEM or a special education area. The program is specifically designed to attract high-quality teachers to low-performing schools by offering an accelerated loan forgiveness schedule for Teaching Fellows who agree to teach in a low-performing school in North Carolina.

 

The Commission is comprised of four deans from educator preparation programs, teachers, principals, a member from business and industry and a local school board member. The NC Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Superintendent of the Year, Chair of the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) Board of Directors and Director of the Teaching Fellows Program all serve as ex-officio members of the Commission.

 

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program Highlights:

  • The application for prospective Teaching Fellows will be made available in early October.
  • The amount of the forgivable loan is up to $4,125 per semester.
  • Any student with a high school, associate’s or bachelor's degree is eligible. Even students who wish to transfer or change their majors are eligible.
  • In order to qualify for loan forgiveness, Fellows are required to serve one year in a low-performing school or two years in another public school for every year they were awarded a loan. Fellows who leave the profession have 10 years to pay back the loan.
 
Senate Repeals Tuition Surcharge at University of North Carolina Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:59
The N.C. Senate today unanimously passed a bill to repeal the tuition surcharge at University of North Carolina Schools for students who take more than the prescribed time to finish their bachelor’s degree. 
 
Senate Bill 225, sponsored by Sens. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir), Rick Horner (R-Nash) and Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph), eliminates the surcharge for students who take more than 140 credit hours to complete their degree in a four-year program, as well as students who take more than 110 percent of the credit hours required to complete a bachelor’s degree in in a five-year program. 
 
Currently, students who exceed these limits are subject to a 50 percent tuition surcharge which disproportionally affects older students and transfer students. According to research from UNC, in 2017 and 2018, adult students between the ages 26 and 45 made up 44-46 percent of those with more than 140 credits while transfer students made up more than 60 percent of those with more than 140 credits. This trend also has implications for veteran and military connected students as they are generally an older population compared to traditional college students. 
 
“This bill was driven by concerns of the surcharge’s unintended impact on veterans, transfer students and non-traditional students,” said Perry. “For some people in those groups, making the decision to go back to school is a big decision and the last thing we want to do is create an additional barrier to entry.” 
 
The bill builds on previous efforts by legislative Republicans to reduce costs to attend college in North Carolina. Those efforts include NC Promise which provides tuition for $500 a semester at four state universities, a fixed tuition program which guarantees a student receives the same tuition rate for a period of 4 years, and capping student fees.   
 
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