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New interim chancellor appointed at UNC School of the Arts

Brian Cole will serve as interim chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts, the UNC system announced Wednesday.

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper announced Cole’s appointment, which will be effective August 1.

Brian Cole will serve as interim chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts.

“Brian Cole’s impressive international background in the arts and his leadership experience made him the ideal candidate to step in and lead UNCSA,” Roper said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “Throughout this selection process, I found Brian’s reputation and professionalism to be of the highest caliber, and many stakeholders at UNCSA have reached out to offer enthusiastic support for this appointment. Brian is an innovator, collaborator and deep thinker, and I have the utmost confidence that he will succeed in this new interim position.”

Cole, who has served as UNCSA’s Dean of the School fo Music since 2016, will replace Chancellor Lindsay Bierman. Last month Roper announced Bierman will leave his position to become the new chief executive officer of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina.

Cole is a doctoral candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Illinois and his Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Louisiana State University. He has led orchestras and operas throughout the United States, Europe, South America and in the Caribbean. He served seven years as associate dean of Academic Affairs at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and four years as the founding dean of Academic Affairs at Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain.

“I’m honored to be stepping into the role of interim chancellor at UNCSA, an institution I so strongly believe in,” Cole said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “In my position as dean of the School of Music since 2016, I have been continuously inspired by the level of talent and dedication of the students, alumni, faculty and staff throughout this unique institution, and by the collaborative and creative ethos that permeates the school.”

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