Bill Roper to serve as Interim UNC System President through June of 2020

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper will continue to serve in that role until June 30, 2020, the university system announced Wednesday.

Roper will not seek the position as the system’s next permanent president, he said in a press release Wednesday.

“After serious contemplation and consultation with others, I believe that setting a clear time frame is the right course of action to give our system the time to plan for a successor,” said Roper in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper.

“This additional time in service will allow me to reach the goals and obligations set when I began the role of interim president,” Roper said. “This will also give the Presidential Search Committee the time it requires to find a permanent replacement, and I have no plans to seek that position. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve and I thank the UNC Board of Governors and our institutions for their continued support.”

Before being named interim president in November of last year, Roper was CEO of UNC Health Care for 14 years. Before serving in that role, he was dean of the public health school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

As interim president Roper now makes $775,000 per year with a $77,500 annual retirement contribution and the possibility of up to $125,000 in an annual performance bonus.

UNC System Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith announced his resignation from that role Tuesday, citing exhaustion with the politics of the role. In an interview with Policy Watch, Smith said he hoped his resignation this week would the board’s next chairman time to be in place as the presidential search process gets under way.

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