UNC- School Of The Arts Gets New Chancellor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 15:21
University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has named Brian Cole as the ninth chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).
Cole joined UNCSA in 2016 as dean of the School of Music and has served as interim chancellor since August 2019. He will assume the role of chancellor effective immediately.
“Over the past four years, Brian Cole has played an essential role helping generate the extraordinary momentum UNC School of the Arts has harnessed, which includes attracting incredibly talented students from across the nation and achieving recognition as one of the country’s top arts conservatories,” said Dr. Roper. “Throughout his career, Brian has consistently demonstrated strong, creative and engaging leadership, which is exactly what UNCSA needs as it continues to prepare students for careers in the arts. With him as chancellor, I have the utmost confidence that UNCSA will continue its track record of success.”
Chancellor Cole was selected by Dr. Roper for approval by the UNC Board of Governors from finalists that were chosen by a 20-member search committee, which included UNCSA students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and members of the Winston-Salem community.
“It was clear to our board that Brian Cole stood out due to his many unique qualities,” said UNC Board of Governors Chairman Randy Ramsey. “We were especially impressed with what he has achieved in just four years as dean and interim chancellor at UNCSA, as well as his goals for the future. His impressive credentials in curricular innovation, experience in the international arts community and success in fundraising were key factors in this decision, as was the unified support he received from the many stakeholders on campus.” 
Cole succeeds Lindsay Bierman, who served as chancellor from 2014-2019 and departed to become chief executive officer of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina.
As interim chancellor, Cole drew upon his strengths in the development and implementation of collaborative arts initiatives. Under his leadership, UNCSA launched the public phase of its largest fundraising effort in the university’s history—a $65 million comprehensive campaign called Powering Creativity: The Campaign for UNCSA. Most recently, he has led the UNCSA community with steadfastness and compassion while helping the institution navigate the ever-changing human, academic and administrative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
As dean of the School of Music, Cole oversaw all operations and programs at the graduate, undergraduate and high school levels, as well as the Summer Intensive programs and the UNCSA Community Music School. He developed the school’s first-ever strategic plan, modernized existing and created new academic programs, and facilitated international partnerships with institutions in Germany, Austria and China. He also 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. During his time as dean, Cole oversaw the installation of a state-of-the art video recording system in UNCSA’s premier recital hall, Watson Hall, which allowed for the livestreaming of performances, bringing UNCSA to a wider audience and providing practical training for students. He created an all-guest conductor model for the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, bringing in world-class talent from the industry to lead the orchestra, and he emphasized entrepreneurship and technology training for student-artists. 
Ralph Womble, chair of the UNCSA Board of Trustees and the Chancellor Search Committee, said Cole’s previous roles give him a deep understanding of the needs of the institution.  
“As an internationally acclaimed artist and an experienced administrator, Brian has proven himself to be an effective leader who deeply understands the needs of our student-artists at this pivotal time for our institution and our world,” said Chair Womble. “Brian is well-positioned to build a strong leadership team and recruit top talent from the industry as we look ahead to shaping the institution’s next 50 years.”
Chancellor Brian Cole
Prior to joining UNCSA, 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.
An accomplished conductor, Cole has led orchestras and operas throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. He has served the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops and the May Festival as conducting assistant, and also as assistant conductor for the May Festival. He has held the positions of assistant conductor and director of education and outreach programs for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and as music director of the Concert Orchestra of the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music.
“It is an honor to lead the community of artists at UNCSA. Now more than ever, we need creative minds to translate our experiences into inspiration, and to change the industry and the world for better,” said Chancellor Cole. “While UNCSA is a relatively young institution, we already have a storied history, and our alumni can be found working and leading everywhere across the arts and entertainment industries. Now is the time for us to come together and write our next act with vision, purpose and imagination. The unprecedented times we are living through present an entirely new set of challenges, and our community of artists is better equipped than anyone to meet those challenges.”


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.
Dr. Sharon L. Gaber Named Chancellor Of UNC-Charlotte. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 14:27
University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has named Dr. Sharon L. Gaber as the fifth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Gaber currently serves as president of The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, and is nationally recognized for her efforts to increase enrollment, improve graduation and retention rates, keep education affordable, and make the campus a diverse, inclusive environment. Education Dive named her one of five higher education leaders to watch in 2018 and beyond.


“Sharon Gaber’s impressive career at each level of education made her standout as the ideal candidate to lead UNC Charlotte into its next phase of success,” said Dr. Roper. “Her many past achievements and future goals will benefit both the UNC System and UNC Charlotte. I have great confidence that the university will continue to grow and develop under her strong leadership.”


Dr. Gaber was selected by Dr. Roper for approval by the Board of Governors from a group of finalists. The finalists for the position were chosen by a 16-member chancellor search committee and the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees. The search committee included faculty, staff, students, alumni and other community members.


“Our board was highly impressed with Dr. Gaber from the outset. She has proven herself time and time again to be up for any challenge that she has been presented with,” said Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey. “She has won high, deserved praise from her peers and the students, faculty, staff and alumni that she has led. We wanted to find someone with a unique set of skills and background to lead one of our most important institutions. I firmly believe we have found those qualities in Dr. Gaber.”


A career educator with a background in city and regional planning, Dr. Gaber became the first female president at UToledo following six years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas. She also served as interim provost at Auburn and as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and her doctoral degree from Cornell University. Under Dr. Gaber’s leadership, UToledo’s student retention and graduation rates rose to all-time highs, and the school achieved its strategic plan target graduation rate three years ahead of schedule, moving nearly nine percentage points from 2017 to 2019.
“This is a historic moment for UNC Charlotte at a historic time in our nation and in higher education. We are fortunate to have found a strong, innovative and accomplished leader like Sharon Gaber to guide UNC Charlotte through the next chapter in its history and to solidify our position as a top-tier, nationally recognized university,” said Michael Wilson, chair of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees and the chancellor search committee. “She is the right leader at exactly the right time to chart the university’s next chapter at a pivotal point in our 74-year history. We look forward to her leadership in ensuring that UNC Charlotte continues to advance the educational, economic and social needs of the Charlotte region and beyond.”
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Chapel Hill Middle School Students Win C-SPAN Documentary Award PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 13:35
C-SPAN announced that students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2020 StudentCam competition. The following students from Smith Middle School have won prizes:


Teresa Fang and Jett Mu will receive $750 as third prize winners for the documentary, "AMERICA: This Equality," about equality and education.  
Uma Kirk, Emmaline Phillips and Yasmine Kwong will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for the documentary, "Catching Fire: Wildfires in the US."
Kate Rampel and Vivian Zhu will receive $250 as honorable mention winners for the documentary, "The American Achievement," about the education gap. 
Each year since 2006, C-SPAN partners with local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite middle and high school students to produce short documentaries about a subject of national importance. This year students addressed the theme, "What's Your Vision in 2020? Explore the issue you most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign."
In response, nearly 5,400 students from 44 states and Washington, D.C., participated. C-SPAN received over 2,500 submissions on a variety of topics. The most popular topics addressed were: 
Environment (18%) – Climate Change, Green New Deal, Pollution and Plastics 
Equality/Discrimination (15%) – Prison Rights, Affirmative Action, Veterans' Rights, Human Rights
Guns (13%) – Gun Control, Mass Shootings, Second Amendment, Gun Safety 
Health Care (12%) – Universal Health Care, Mental Health, Addictions, Vaping
Immigration (9%) – Border Security, Undocumented Immigration, Separation of Families, DACA
"StudentCam provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard on the issues they are clearly passionate about," said C-SPAN's Director of Education Relations Craig McAndrew. "This year's entries reflect remarkable research and production values and feature a wide range of interviews with elected officials and experts. The life skills students learn from this experience will carry them forward in their academic, personal and professional lives."
C-SPAN is funded by America’s cable television companies, who also support StudentCam. In Chapel Hill, C-SPAN is available locally through Spectrum. 
"Spectrum is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work through educational programs like StudentCam,” said Adam Falk, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs for Charter Communications, Inc. "We are proud of this partnership with C-SPAN that encourages students to think critically about the issues that affect our country and local community. Congratulations to the winning students at Smith Middle School on the creativity demonstrated in these excellent works.”   
These winners are among the 330 students from across the country winning a total of $100,000. C-SPAN is awarding one grand prize, 4 first prizes, 16 second prizes, 32 third prize winners and 97 honorable mention prizes. The winning videos will receive cash awards of $5,000, $3,000, $1,500, $750 and $250, respectively. This year marks the 16th year of the StudentCam competition, which has awarded over $1,000,000 in prizes.
High school students competed on a regional level, with the United States divided into three regions: West, Central and East. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. The grand prize winner was selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.   
The 150 winning videos can be viewed at and may be used in a broadcast with attribution to C-SPAN. To schedule an interview with one or more of the winning students, please contact Pam McGorry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The annual competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives based on the thoughtful examination of the competition’s theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary’s topic, and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming. 


UNC Board Governors Name 2020 Excellence In Teaching Recipients PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 12:21

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has selected 17 outstanding faculty members to receive the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The recipients, who represent all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, were nominated by special committees at each institution and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs.

Established by the Board in 1993 to highlight the importance of teaching, the awards recognize the extraordinary contributions of faculty members System wide.

“It is with great pride that we honor these impressive recipients,” said UNC Board of Governors Chair Randy Ramsey. “Each of them brings a high standard of excellence in the classroom through creative teaching methods, making a real impact in how students learn.”

Each of the winners will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. The award winners will be honored at each of their institutions at a future date.

“These awards provide us the opportunity to acknowledge outstanding work being done by some of the finest instructors our state has to offer,” said UNC System Interim President Bill Roper. “It represents the best of the UNC System and is another reminder of the high-quality education that our students receive.”

The 2020 recipients are: 

  • Dr. Jennifer Sterling Snodgrass, professor, School of Music, Appalachian State University
  • Dr. William E. Allen, associate professor, Chemistry, East Carolina University
  • Dr. Charles V. Reed, associate professor of history, Department of Social Sciences, Elizabeth City State University
  • Dr. Peter M. Eley, professor, Health, Physical and Secondary Education, Fayetteville State University
  • Dr. Jenora Turner Waterman, associate professor, Animal Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Dr. Shauntae Brown White, associate professor, Department of Mass Communication, North Carolina Central University
  • Dr. Jamie L. Lathan, instructor of humanities, Department of Humanities, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Dr. Hollylynne S. Lee, professor, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Tiece M. Ruffin, associate professor, Africana Studies Program, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Dr. Marcey Waters, Glenn H. Elder Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Jennifer B. Webb, associate professor, Psychological Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Dr. Carmen T. Sotomayor, professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Dr. Michele Fazio, associate professor, Department of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Ms. Andi Steele, associate professor, Department of Art and History, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Mr. Wade Wilson, professor, School of Design and Production, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Dr. Jennifer S. Schiff, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Western Carolina University
  • Mr. Scott J. Betz, professor of art, Department of Art and Visual Studies, Winston-Salem State University
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