Next chancellor to be Carolina's representative to AAU

Plans call for the next Carolina chancellor to be the University's official representative to the Association of American Universities (AAU).

The Board of Governors endorsed the move on the recommendation of UNC President Molly Corbett Broad.

UNC presidents have traditionally filled the role of representing Carolina to AAU, an organization of 62 private and public research-intensive universities in North America.

According to Broad, the planned transfer in designation would be consistent with revisions made in recent years to AAU's bylaws.

"For many years, presidents Friday and Spangler represented the University to AAU appropriately and with great distinction," Broad said. "But changes in AAU's bylaws and the pending arrival of a new chancellor make this an appropriate time to transfer representation.

"Clarifying the Board of Governors' intentions now should contribute to a successful chancellor search."

Anne Cates, chair of Carolina's Board of Trustees, added: "The board is strongly committed to recruiting the best possible leader for Carolina. The opportunity to represent the University to the AAU will help ensure that we attract candidates of the highest caliber. We are grateful for President Broad's leadership on this issue."

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