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* *Thorp announces appointment of Energy Task Force at trustees meeting
* *Finalists for provost discuss ways to further diversity

Thorp announces
appointment of
Energy Task Force
at trustees meeting

A new Energy Task Force will study the University’s carbon reduction plans and review what other universities are doing, Chancellor Holden Thorp announced at the Jan. 28 Board of Trustees meeting. The task force will work to develop a practicable plan for reducing Carolina’s carbon footprint.

The group – made up of faculty, staff and students, a trustee and environmental activists – will be led by Tim Toben, chair of the N.C. Energy Policy Council. Toben is also chair of the Board of Visitors for the UNC Institute for the Environment.

“Our cogeneration plant is the cleanest it can possibly be,” Thorp said at the Jan. 29 Faculty Council meeting. “Our folks do a great job, but we’re open to doing it even better. That’s what this is about.”

Toben said he expects the task force to evaluate the University’s plans and trajectory for becoming carbon-free by 2050, to recommend practical, cost-effective improvements in the carbon reduction plan and to examine the campus’s cogeneration plant in the context of state energy policy.

Members of the UNC Energy Task Force:
* *Trustee Alston Gardner;
* *Royce Murray, Kenan Professor of Chemistry;
* *David McNelis, director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economic Development at the Institute for the Environment;
* *Jonathan Howes, former special assistant to the chancellor for local relations and former secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources;
* *Molly Diggins, state director of the N.C. chapter of the Sierra Club;
* *Elinor Benami, a senior and senior adviser to the executive branch of student government; and
* *Mary Cooper, a sophomore environmental science major and co-chair of student government’s Environmental Affairs Committee.

Finalists for provost discuss ways to further diversity

The University is closer to identifying the next executive vice chancellor and provost. Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, the three finalists for the position were on campus to hold public forums and take questions from the campus community. They are:

* *Anthony P. Monaco, pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford since 2007, who also is professor of human genetics and head of the Neurodevelopmental and Neurological Disorders Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics;

* *Jeffrey S. Vitter, professor of computer science and engineering at Texas A&M University since 2008, who also served as provost and executive vice president for academics during 2008–09; and

* *Scott L. Zeger, vice provost for research at The Johns Hopkins University since 2008, who also is Hurley-Dorrier Professor of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“We are excited about these three candidates,” Thorp said at the Jan. 29 Faculty Council meeting. “We have also gotten questions about the diversity of the applicant pool, their race and gender and fields of interest.”

As the search process began, Thorp said, he met with search committee chair Shelley Earp, vice chair Lissa Broome and consultant Bill Funk to talk about Carolina’s commitment to diversity. The committee was among the most diverse ever assembled and did everything it could to attract diversity in the applicant pool, he said.

The job was advertised broadly in professional publications; the committee appealed to the faculty to submit nominations; and the search consultant appealed to AAU provosts and arts and sciences deans to nominate qualified applicants, Thorp said. All three finalists have been asked about how to further diversity at Carolina.

“We have been very pleased with the number of ideas that have been raised by the candidates,” Earp said. “They have had experiences we haven’t had here before, and the discussion has been very good.”

The lack of women or minority candidates among the finalists highlights a challenge for administrators.

While the University has seen demonstrable success in attracting minority students, there is not a similar success rate among faculty members. In fact, at the current growth rate, it would take 80 years for Carolina’s percentage of African-American faculty members and students to become equal, Thorp told Faculty Council members. He cited data from a presentation Bruce Carney, interim executive vice chancellor and provost, gave the Board of Trustees the day before.

“In the future, we need to be ever mindful of our commitment to diversity among the faculty and administration,” he said. “This is a good reminder for me and for all search committees.”

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