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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Leadership in Transition

VC Felicia A. Washington takes new HR post at USC

Felicia Washington

Felicia A. Washington, vice chancellor for workforce strategy, equity and engagement, will leave Carolina at the end of the academic year to assume a new post as senior vice president for human resources at the University of Southern California. There she will join Carol L. Folt, Carolina Chancellor from 2013 to January 2019, who will take office as USC’s new president on July 1.

Becci Menghini, senior associate vice chancellor, will lead the division until a new vice chancellor is hired.

“Throughout her tenure, Felicia has been an earnest and steadfast advocate for Carolina’s students, faculty and staff, and a dedicated colleague, friend and counselor to so many beyond the two of us. Her impact on our campus will continue long after her departure,” wrote Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin in a May 2 campus email. “Felicia has worked tirelessly to make Carolina a place driven by a culture of respect, engagement and inclusion.”

A 1987 graduate of Carolina, Washington earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She was a partner in the Charlotte Office of K&L Gates LLP, a global law firm, integrating that firm’s predecessor, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman in 1990.

A former member of the University Board of Trustees, Washington joined Carolina in 2014 as the first vice chancellor of the newly created Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement. The division brought together the offices of human resources, equal opportunity and compliance and diversity and inclusion.

At Carolina, she was a key leader in the NCAA and Wainstein investigations; the comprehensive redesign, development and implementation of a new policy on prohibited discrimination, harassment and related misconduct; and the related resolution with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on the University’s Title IX program. Washington also helped lead the reframing of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and brought the CEO Action Unconscious Bias Bus Tour to campus earlier this year.

 

Weber appointed chief audit officer

Dean Weber was appointed chief audit officer on May 1.

“Dean comes to Carolina with a wealth of experience in internal audit and risk assessment activities, most recently as director of the Office of Internal Audit and Risk Assessment for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education,” Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said in an April 25 email to the campus community.

“In this role, Dean strengthened the framework of internal controls and governance processes, reporting to the board audit committee and the system’s chancellor.”

As Carolina’s chief audit officer, Weber will lead the Internal Audit department to provide independent, proactive analyses of governance, operations, financial activities and systems of internal control to ensure resources are used in a way that manages risk, complies with state and federal requirements, and serves the University’s mission.

Key to this role will be Weber’s ability to work across the University community and serve as a respected and trusted adviser, Guskiewicz said.

Weber’s career in internal audit boasts a track record of benchmarking operations and crafting recommendations to drive improvements, reduce costs and ensure compliance. Weber has worked in Pennsylvania’s higher education internal controls and auditing area for 25 years, advancing from analyst to his current role.

A certified internal auditor, Weber has a certification in risk management assurance and is a member of the Association of College and University Auditors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Saint Francis University.

Cable named senior associate dean for natural sciences

Jaye Cable

Jaye Cable, current chair of the environment, ecology and energy program, has been named senior associate dean for natural sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Her appointment is effective immediately, but she will also remain chair of E3P until June 30, the end of the academic year. She replaces Chris Clemens, who was appointed senior associate dean for research and innovation on March 25.

As senior associate dean for the natural sciences, Cable will oversee the following departments and programs: applied physical sciences; biology; biomedical engineering; chemistry; computer science; environment, ecology and energy; exercise and sport science; geological sciences; marine sciences; mathematics; physics and astronomy; psychology and neuroscience; statistics and operations research; and the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program.

Cable joined the University faculty in 2011 and the following year became chair of what was then called the curriculum in environment and ecology. In her seven-plus years as chair, she implemented three dual bachelor’s-master’s degree programs, in partnership with Carolina’s professional schools in media and journalism, government and information and library science. She also put in place a multiunit environmental internship program in collaboration with the Institute for Environment and the Three Zeroes Initiative.

She spearheaded a major strategic planning effort to enhance and expand the University’s environment, ecology and energy research and teaching efforts. This became E3P, an interdisciplinary program launched in 2018. In collaboration with departments in the College and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, she successfully hired six new faculty working at the intersections of water, energy, climate, planning, culture, economics and data science.

Cable’s primary research focus is low-temperature marine geochemistry, especially in coastal aquifer systems. She has also studied sea level rise impacts to aquifers, submarine ground water discharge and salt marsh hydrology and accretion. She has active research grants from the National Science Foundation’s Chemical Oceanography and ADVANCE programs. Her work has been cited more than 4,000 times in peer-reviewed literature.

Cable has a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in chemical oceanography from Florida State University.