About the Office

Learn about opportunities sponsored by the Chancellor's Office and about former UNC-Chapel Hill leaders.

Chancellor's Fellows Program

Established in 2014, the Chancellor’s Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for talented graduating seniors interested in a career in public service to explore and understand the inner workings of a higher education institution.

In past years, fellows have had regular interaction with senior leadership and were assigned to projects both within the Office of the Chancellor and in other units across the University. The 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Fellows worked with the Office of University Development, UNC Global, the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative and the Carolina Center for Public Service.

The Chancellor’s Fellows program has returned for the 2020-2021 year with a new partnership in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Fellows are exploring the policies, practices and operations of a large research university. In a project-based format, fellows will complete three four-month rotations focused on pan-university initiatives such as Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good, the Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward, Modernizing Student Support, the Tar Heel Bus Tour, and Operational Excellence. Fellows also work collaboratively to support various functions in the Office of the Chancellor and Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Fellows interact with a variety of Carolina constituencies including senior officers, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, and have many opportunities for personal growth and career development.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Chancellor’s Fellows Program are currently open.

Learn more and apply here.

The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Provost are seeking motivated and engaged Carolina graduates from the Class of 2021 interested in pursuing a career in public service to fill the role of Chancellor’s Fellows for the upcoming year. Fellows will serve a one-year appointment beginning in June 2021 running through the end of May 2022. 

The 2020-2021 cohort of Chancellor’s Fellows hosted a Zoom webinar for interested students on February 17. You can watch the webinar here. 

Please complete your application by Wednesday, February 24, 2021. If you have questions, please contact chancellorsfellowship@unc.edu.


Miriam Chisholm
Nick Sengstaken
Oreyane Tate


Tanner Glenn
Sarah Elizabeth Leck
Emily Summers


Austin Mueller
Janssen White


Dale Bass
Rachel Gogal
Julia Stroup


Emily Auerbach
Olivia Farley
Katrina Hauprich


Christy Lambden
Katherine Phillips
Lara Taylor

Chancellor's Science Scholars

The Chancellor’s Science Scholars program provides financial and academic support to encourage talented underrepresented students to pursue Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees in science and mathematics. Through the program, scholars are immersed in research opportunities early in their Carolina careers, both on and off campus.

The Chancellor’s Science Scholars program is based in the College of Arts and Sciences and is modeled after the nationally recognized Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Learn more about the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program and how to become a scholar at the Chancellor’s Science Scholar website.

Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor

The Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor (SACC) brings together undergraduate, graduate and professional students at UNC-CH to advise the Chancellor and other senior leaders. SACC’s purpose is to achieve practical change that is responsive to the pressing interests and issues of students through sustained and constructive dialogue. Appointments to SACC are determined by an external process through both the Undergraduate Executive Branch of Student Government and the Executive Branch of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF). SACC meets with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs on a monthly basis and interacts with campus leaders throughout the year on a variety of topics.

For the 2020-21 school year, the committee will be co-chaired by Preeyanka Rao (Undergraduate Student Body Vice President) and Maian Adams (GPSF Chief of External Relations and Advocacy)

Previous Presidents and Chancellors

Presiding professors

David Ker, 1794-1796
Charles W. Harris, 1796 (July-Dec.)
Joseph Caldwell, 1796-1797
James S. Gillespie, 1797-1799
Joseph Caldwell, 1799-1804


Joseph Caldwell, 1804-1812
Robert Hett Champman, 1812-1816
Joseph Caldwell, 1816-1835
Elisha Mitchell (acting), 1835 (Feb.-Dec.)
David Lowry Swain, 1835-1868
Solomon Pool, 1869-1872
Vacant, 1872-1874
Charles Phillips, 1875-1876
Kemp Plummer Battle, 1876-1891
George Tayloe Winston, 1891-1896
Edwin Anderson Alderman, 1896-1900
Francis Preston Venable, 1900-1913
Edward Kidder Graham (acting), 1913-1914
Edward Kidder Graham, 1914-1918
M.H. Stacy, 1918-1919 (Held the title chairman of the faculty; authorized by the trustees to have all of the powers of the presidency.)
Harry Woodburn Chase, 1919-1930
Frank Porter Graham, 1930-1934

Chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill

Robert Burton House

    • Dean of administration, 1934-1945
    • Chancellor, 1945-1957

William Brantley Aycock, 1957-1964
Paul F. Sharp, 1964-1966
J. Carlyle Sitterson, 1966-1972
N. Ferebee Taylor, 1972-1980
Christopher C. Fordham, 1980-1988
Paul Hardin, 1988-1995
Michael Hooker, 1995-1999
William O. McCoy (action and interim), 1999-2000
James Moeser, 2000-2008
Holden Thorp, 2008-2013
Carol L. Folt, 2013-2019