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Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kevin M. Guskiewicz

Kevin M. Guskiewicz, a neuroscientist, academic leader and concussion researcher, is the 12th chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As chancellor, Guskiewicz has led the implementation of Carolina’s new strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. He leads Carolina’s $1.2 billion research enterprise, the nation’s 13th largest research university in total research expenditures. He has launched several initiatives, including Carolina Across 100, the Institute for Convergent Science, the History, Race and a Way Forward Commission, and the Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative. He led the university community through the COVID-19 pandemic, including the transition to remote learning in March 2020.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Guskiewicz served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. A Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, he has been a member of Carolina’s faculty since 1995. He is co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and serves as the director for the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes.

A nationally recognized expert on sport-related concussions, his work has influenced concussion guidelines in the NFL, NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations. In 2011, Guskiewicz received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and in 2013, Time magazine named him a Game Changer, one of 18 “innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America.”

Guskiewicz earned his Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. He lives with his wife Amy and children Jacob, Nathan, Adam and Tessa in Chapel Hill.

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