Bruce Carney to be UNC Provost
A message to the School from Dean Rimer
Chancellor Holden Thorp has announced that he has appointed Interim Provost Bruce Carney, PhD, Samuel Baron Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, to serve as permanent Provost.
This is very good news for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and for our School. In the months since Provost Gray-Little left her position, I have had the opportunity to work with Bruce Carney. He came to our School shortly after he became Interim Provost and met with several of us. He was very interested in what we do and familiar with many of our programs, but he wanted to learn more.
Bruce has had a distinguished academic career and has served in multiple leadership positions here. Not only is he really smart and a good listener; he has been accessible, open, responsive, and flexible, when appropriate. He understands how the University operates, and already, he has built excellent working relationships with our Provost’s Deans’ Council. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity.
And you know, it may be a good thing to have an astronomer in the provost role: we should be reaching for the moon and the stars! This is a very good appointment.